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I SO TIRED,
I SO WEARY,
PICK I UP
AND KISS I DEARIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BABY TALK ; FUNCTION ; MONOLOGUE ; RHYME: FEMININE, ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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FISHY, FISHY, IN THE BROOK,
DADDY CAUGHT YOU ON THE HOOK.
MOMMY FRY YOU IN A PAN,
BABY EAT YOU LIKE A MAN.

Submitter comment: SAID TO HIS CHILDREN ON FRIDAYS.

Data entry tech comment: CATHOLIC CUSTOM TO EAT FISH ON FRIDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METER: IAMBIC ; QUATRAIN SIMILE ; REFRAIN, BABY TALK ; RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: MASCULINE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S NOT THE COUGH
THAT CARRIES YOU OFF.
IT'S THE COFFIN
THEY CARRY YOU OFF IN.

Submitter comment: HEARD AND SAID WHEN YOUNG, 1915-1920.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DEATH ; HUMOR TANGLETALK PUN ; IAMBIC-DACTYLIC, FEMININE RHYME, WORD PLAY, REPETITION ; OBSERVATION, TONGUETWISTER ; QUATRAIN SURPRISE ENDING CONTRAST ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse

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LITTLE FLY UPON THE WALL,
HIM AIN'T GOT NO HOME AT ALL.
HIM AIN'T GOT NO MAMA TO COMB HIS HAIR,
HIM DON'T CARE!
HIM GOT NO HAIR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY-TALK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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POOR LITTLE FLY, SITTING ON THE WALL,
HIM AIN'T GOT NO FRIENDS AT ALL,
HIM GOT NO MOMMA TO COMB HIS HAIR.
HIM DON'T CARE, HIM GOT NO HAIR.

Submitter comment: VERSES WERE RECITED WITH A SAD TONE IN THE VOICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY-TALK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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SPARKLE, STARKLE, LITTLE TWINK,
WHO THE TELL YOU ARE I HINK.
I'M NOT IMBRICATED,
I'M NOT AS DRUNK AS SOME TINKLE PEEP I AM.
I'VE ONLY HAD TEA MARTOONIES,
ANYWAY I'VE ALL DAY SOBER TO SUNDAY UP IN.
I FOOL SO FEELISH, I DON'T KNOW WHO IS ME YET,
BUT THE DRUNKER I STAND HERE,
THE LONGER I GET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS MONOLOGUE HUMOR ; EUPHEMISM PARODY DRINKING ; NONSENSE WORDS METER TROCHEE ; TANGLETALK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,

HIS FOOT WAS BLACK WITH SOOT,

AND EVERYWHERE THE LAMB WOULD GO,

HIS SOOTY FOOTIE PUT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK BY MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR,
ON 12241954.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY TALK. ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 12-24-1954

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IF TWO PEOPLE SAY SOMETHING AT THE SAME TIME, THEY
SHOULD KNOCK ON WOOD FOR LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TALK

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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RETORT

WHEN SOMEONE HAS CALLED YOU A DIRTY OR A NASTY NAME, YOU ARE TO
RETORT WITH "I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I?"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, MY YOUNGER SISTER, SAYS THIS IS A VERY GOOD WAY TO
KEEP BIG MOUTHS AWAY BECAUSE THIS RETORT HAS A CIRCULAR MOTION
TO IT, AND YOU COULD KEEP SAYING IT ALL DAY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): METONYMY: BIG MOUTH FOR OFFENSIVE TALKER ; SLANG: BIG MOUTH FOR OFFENSIVE TALKER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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THE FOLLOWING HIGH SCHOOL CHEER WAS USED AT KICKOFFS IN FOOTBALL
GAMES AND AT TIPOFFS IN BASKETBALL GAMES:
"FEE FI FO FUM
LOOK OUT (OPPOSING TEAM'S NICKNAME) HERE WE COME."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): JACK AND THE BEANSTALK ; LINE FROM CANTE FABLE ; THREAT?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival Custom Festival

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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RIDDLE QUESTION

HOW DO YOU CATCH A RABBIT?
HIDE BEHIND A TREE AND MAKE NOISES LIKE A CARROT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
WHO HEARD THE RIDDLE IN OCTOBER, 1963 FROM A FELLOW STUDENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; TALKING VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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POLISH PROVERB

PLECIE JAK NA MEKACH.
HE BLABBERS AS IN TORTURE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USED IN REFERENCE TO WHO IS FIBBING OR MAKING UP STORIES TO
SATISFY THE SITUATION, AS ONE WOULD WHILE IN TORTURE. THE COLLECTOR
LEARNED THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): SIMILE TALKING LYING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-21-1967

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BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY,
DROP A WHITE WASH IN MY EYE,
ME NO WORRY,
ME NO CRY,
ME JUST HAPPY COWS DON'T FLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; BABY TALK ; EUPHEMISM: WHITEWASH FOR BIRD DUNG ; RHYME: AABAA ; SUGGESTION COW DUNG

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

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LITTLE COTTAGE IN THE WOOD

LITTLE OLD MAN BY THE WINDOW STOOD,
SAW A RABBIT HOPPING BY
KNOCKING AT HIS DOOR.

" HELP ME, HELP ME, SIR " , HE SAID.
" FORE THE HUNTER SHOOTS ME DEAD " .
" COME LITTLE RABBIT, COME WITH ME, ( COME INSIDE )
HAPPY WE WILL ALWAYS BE " .
( ALSO " SAFELY WE'LL ABIDE " )

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DEMONSTRATED GESTURES THAT WENT WITH THIS SONG:

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SONG WITH GESTURES ; TALKING ANIMAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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THE CHICKENS

SAID THE FIRST LITTLE CHICKEN/WITH A QUEER LITTLE SQUIRM,
"I WISH I COULD FIND/ A FAT LITTLE WORM."

SAID THE NEXT LITTLE CHICKEN,/ WITH AN OLD LITTLE SHRUG:
"I WISH I COULD FIND,/ A FAT LITTLE BUG."

SAID A THIRD LITTLE CHICKEN,/ WITH A FAINT LITTLE MOAN:
"I WISH I COULD FIND/ A WEE GRAVEL STONE."

"NOW SEE HERE," SAID THE MOTHER,/ FROM THE GREEN GARDEN PATCH,
"IF YOU WANT ANY BREAKFAST,/ JUST COME HERE AND ASK."

Submitter comment: DEMONSTRATE ACTIONS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; QUATRAIN FOOD ; RHYME: ABCB ; TALKING ANIMALS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

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EENSY WEENSY SPIDER

THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER/ WENT UP THE WATER SPOUT/ DOWN CAME THE RAIN
AND WASHED THE SPIDER OUT./ OUT CAME THE SUN/ AND DRIED UP ALL THE
RAIN/ AND THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER/ WENT UP THE SPOUT AGAIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MONOLOGUE BABY TALK ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 09-27-1968

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A POEM TO ME MUDDER

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WHEN MY PRAYERS WERE POORLY SAID
WHO TUCKED ME IN MY WIDDLE BED?
AND SPANKED ME TILL ME ASS WAS RED,
ME MUDDER.
WHO TOOK ME FROM MY COZY COT,
WHO PUT ME ON THE ICE COLD POT,
AND MADE ME PEE IF I COULD NOT?
ME MUDDER.
AND WHEN THE MORNING LIGHT WOULD COME,
AND IN ME CRIB ME DRIBBLE SOME,
WHO WIPED ME TIDY WIDDLE BUM?
ME MUDDER.
WHO WOULD ME HAIR SO NEATLY PART,
AND HUG ME GENTLY TO HER HEART,
SOMETIMES SQUEEZE ME TILL ME FART?
ME MUDDER.
WHO LOOKED AT ME WITH EYEBROW KNIT,
NEARLY HAD A KING SIZE FIT,
WHEN IN ME SUNDAY PANTS ME SHIT?
ME MUDDER.
WHEN AT NIGHT THE BED WOULD SQUEEK,
ME RAISED ME HEAD TO HAVE A PEEK,
WHO YELLED AT ME TO GO TO SLEEP?
ME FADDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): BABY TALK ; SCATOLOGY ; SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533

Date learned: CA00001977

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
HIS FOOT WAS BLACK WITH SOOT,
AND EVERYWHERE THE LAMB WOULD GO,
HIS SOOTY FOOTIE PUT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK BY MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR,
ON 12241954.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY TALK. ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 12-24-1954

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THE BEAVER FAMILY

PAPA BEAVER WAS SAYING GRACE BEFORE SUPPER:
"GOD BLESS MAMA DAM, PAPA DAM, BROTHER DAM, SISTER DAM..."
BABY DAM INTERRUPTED HIM--
"GOD BLESS THE WHOLE DAM FAMILY!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; DAMN ; HUMOR ; PRAYERS ; TALKING ANIMALS ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SHAGGY DOG TALE

ONCE THERE WAS THIS MAN WHO HAD A DOG THAT COULD TALK. HE TOOK THIS
DOG TO THE LOCAL TAVERN AND BEGAN TO BRAG ABOUT HIS TALKING DOG.
"I DON'T BELIEVE IT" SAID THE BARTENDER. "YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
PROVE IT" SAID ONE OF THE CUSTOMERS. "ALL RIGHT" SAID THE MAN
TURNING TO HIS DOG, "WHO WAS THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYER IN
HISTORY?" HE ASKED THE DOG. THE DOG REPLIED, "ROOF, ROOF."
UPON HEARING THIS THE PEOPLE IN THE BAR GOT PRETTY MAD AND
THREW THE MAN AND HIS DOG OUT ONTO THE STREET. CONFUSED,
THE DOG LOOKED UP TO HIS MASTER AND ASKED, "WAS IT WILLIE MAYS?"

Submitter comment: TOLD IN CAJUN DIALECT ON A JUSTIN WILSON RECORD

Data entry tech comment: CHAPTER 7 IN "WITCRACKS BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ
SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DOG ; HUMOR ; SURPRISE ENDING ; TALKING ANIMALS ; TAVERN

James Callow Keyword(s): BABE RUTH

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B203
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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