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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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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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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HORSES AND MULES. I COME
BEFORE YOU, TO STAND BEHIND YOU, TO TELL YOU
SOMETHING I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. SO PULL UP A
CHAIR AND SIT ON THE FLOOR. THIS THURSDAY,
WHICH IS LAST FRIDAY, THERE WILL BE A MOMS
CLUB MEETING ONLY FOR DADS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT COULDN'T REMEMBER THE REST OF
THIS REDUNDANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; MONOLOGUE ; TANGLETALK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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PEE FOWL STANDING STRADDLE THE SPARROW,
THE SPARROW TRYING TO CROW.
DEAD MAN ROLLED AND CHIPPED HIS TOE,
THE BLIND MAN SALT AND SODA.
A COW MO-DIDDLE JUMPED THE MOON,
SPORTIEST THING YOU EVER SAW
THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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THE BILLBOARD SONG

ONE DAY AS I WAS WALKING
ONE DARK AND DREARY DAY
I CAME UPON A BILLBOARD
AND MUCH TO MY DISMAY
THE SIGN WAS TORN AND TATTERED
FROM THE STORM THE NIGHT BEFORE
THE WIND AND RAIN HAD DONE ITS WORK
AND THIS IS WHAT I SORE. MM
DRINK COCA-COLA CIGARETTES
CHEW WRIGLEY'S SPEARMINT BEER
KENNELRATION DOGFOOD
MAKES YOUR COMPLEXION CLEAR
SIMONIZE YOUR BABY
WITH A HERSHEY'S CANDY BAR,
AND PEPSI-COLA BEAUTY CREAM
IS USED BY ALL THE STARS. MM
SO TAKE YOUR NEXT VACATION
IN A BRAND NEW FRIDGIDARE
LEARN TO PLAY PIANO
IN YOUR WINTER UNDERWEAR.
DOCTORS SAY THAT BABIES,
SHOULD SMOKE UNTIL THEY'RE THREE,
AND PEOPLE OVER SIXTY-FIVE
SHOULD BATHE IN LIPTON TEA, HEY!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MIDDLE SISTER'S BEST FRIEND, MARTH BAKER
WHO LIVED DOWN THE STREET AND WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH
MY SISTER IN FLINT, MICHIGAN. BOTH OF THEM LIKED WORD GAMES
AND HAD BACKGROUND IN THE PERFORMING ARTS. THEY WENT TO
HIGH SCHOOL AT FLINT OPEN SCHOOL IN THE EARLY 1970'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

James Callow Keyword(s): TANGLETALK

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

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TWO DEAD BOYS

ONE AFTERNOON, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS STARTED TO FIGHT.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE;
AND BEAT THE LIFE OUT OF THE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Afternoon ; Boys ; Dead ; DEAF ; DEATH ; FIGHT ; LIFE ; Night ; Opposite ; PARADOX ; POLICE ; RHYME ; RHYME ; Story ; Tale

James Callow Keyword(s): TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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