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VERSE

NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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VERSE

NEVER KISS BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND LET YOU DOWN.
BUT OH! THOSE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS WRITTEN IN MY MOTHER'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM NICHOLS
SCHOOL ON BURNS AND GOETHE IN INDIAN VILLAGE IN 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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THE HATCHET MAN

TWO GIRLS WENT TO THE BEACH FOR THE SUMMER WHERE THEY RENTED A
COTTAGE. PEOPLE AROUND THE AREA WARNED THEM ABOUT THE HATCHET MAN
WHO COMES OUT ON THE BEACH EACH SUMMER AND HAS ALREADY KILLED THREE
PEOPLE THIS SEASON. THE GIRLS FIGURED THEY WOULD BE ALRIGHT IF THEY
LOCKED THE DOORS EACH NIGHT. ONE NIGHT ONE OF THE GIRLS HAD A DATE
AND SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET THE GUY ON THE BEACH. TO BE SAFE, THEY
DECIDED TO WORK OUT A SIGNAL SO THAT THE GIRL LEFT INSIDE THE HOUSE
WOULD KNOW WHEN TO OPEN THE DOOR. LATER ON IN THE EVENING THE
GIRL HEARD SOME NOISES AT ONE OF THE WINDOWS. THEN THE NOISE WENT
AWAY. BUT AFTER A FEW MINTUES SHE HEARD THE NOISE AGAIN, THIS TIME
AT THE FRONT DOOR. SHE HEARD SOMETHING SCRATCHING AT THE DOOR AND
IT KEPT GETTING LOUDER AND LOUDER. SHE SCREAMED AND TOLD IT TO GO
AWAY. THE SCRATCHING SLOWLY FADED AWAY. AFTER A WHILE THE GIRL FELL
ASLEEP. WHEN SHE AWOKE THE NEXT MORNING SHE OPENED THE DOOR AND FOUND
DEEP SCRATCH MARKS IN IT, BLOOD ON THE PORCH AND HER GIRLDFRIEND,S
PURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): INATTENTION TO WARNINGS-SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT ; MURDER OF GIRL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF SOME ONE GIVES YOU BABY ARTICLES AS SOON AS YOU
KNOW YOU ARE PREGNANT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): IMPLIED WARNING ; MISFORTUNE

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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BIRTH

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN SEES ANY FOOD SHE MUST BE OFFERED A TASTE OF IT,
OTHERWISE SHE WILL LOSE THE BABY BECAUSE SHE WILL BE THINKING ABOUT
THE FOOD ALL NIGHT

Submitter comment: ROMANIAN

Keyword(s): IMPLIED WARNING ADVICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-06-1969

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WHISKEY BEFORE BEER HAVE NO FEAR.
BUT BEER BEFORE WHISKEY MIGHTY RISKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.447
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001950S

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METAPHOR

I HAVE A BONE TO PICK WITH YOU.

Submitter comment: (MEANS "I WANT TO TALK TO YOU" IN THE NATURE OF A SCOLDING.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): WARNING

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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FLEMISH PROVERB

IF YOU SEE SMOKE, SOMETHING MUST BE BURNING.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS VISITING
DETROIT, MICHIGAN FROM BELGIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; WARNING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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CHUJESH MALA (LISTEN, LITTLE ONE)

CHUJESH, CHUJESH, CHUJESH MALA (LISTEN, LITTLE ONE
DOSTA SI VARALA YOU'VE BEEN FOOLING AROUND
CHUJESH, CHUJESH, CHUJESH MALA LONG ENOUGH.)
DOSTA SI VARALA, DOSTA SI VARALA.

Submitter comment:

THE LANGUAGE IS SERBO-CROATIAN, A BRANCH OF SOUTH SLAVIC

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): CROATIA

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION ; TAMBURITZA ; WARNING

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

Date learned: 00001979CA

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"One day two brothers were fighting and beating each
other up, almost killing each other. The neighbor saw
it and moved in to try and stop the fight. The brothers
stopped fighting and beat up the neighbor, then they went
back to fighting. Lesson: Mind your own business and
keep out of family fights."

Submitter comment: This is a verbatim account from Maryann Leisner which
retells a story her father learned from old (Italian)
relatives.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): Fable, function, cautionary tale, warning

James Callow Keyword(s): Dramatic Irony ; Peacemaker

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001930S

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PROVERBS

BOOKS BEFORE BOYS BECAUSE BOYS BRING BABIES.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A POPULAR SAYING TODAY AMONG A LOT OF GIRLS, DUE
TO THE RASH OF TEEN PREGNANCIES TODAY.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ELLIPSIS ; WARNING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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PROVERB

MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; FERNDALE ; Norwalk

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; WARNING

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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BELIEF

THE MILLS OF GOD GRIND VERY SLOWLY, BUT VERY FINE.
TRANSLATION OF:
GOTTES MUEHLEN MALEN LANGSAM, ABER TREFFLICH FEIN.

Submitter comment: IN THE SENSE THAT GOD'S PATIENCE IS ENDURING, BUT THERE WILL BE
A DAY OF RECKONING.
INFORMANT SAID THIS IS A VERY OLD GERMAN SAYING AND BELIEF
SHE HEARD OFTEN WHEN LIVING IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; FERNDALE ; REGENSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): GERMAN OBSERVATION ; GERMAN WARNING ; PROPHECY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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Belief: Weather

Red Sky in morning, sailors take warning, Red sky in evening, sailors' delight.

Submitter comment:

Believed-Usually holds true in our area.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P890 880 800] crossed out and replaced with C880.462

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

James Callow Keyword(s): WEATHER

Subject headings: -- .C860462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN NIGHTM SAILOR'S DELIGHT;
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS VERSE MEANS-IT WILL BE BREEZY, AND CLEAR TOMMORROW IF THE SKY
IS RED AT SUNSET, AND THE DAY WILL BE OVERCAST AND UNPREDICTABLE
IF THE MORNING SKY IS RED.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001970S

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT,
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY AT NIGHT SAILOR'S DELIGHT. RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS
TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment:

TAUGHT TO ME WHEN I WAS A KID.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.891
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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Belief: Weather

A RED SKY AT NIGHT
IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
A RED SKY IN MORNING
MAKES A SAILOR TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TAUGHT TO ME BY MY MOTHER. I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS USUALLY
TRUE.
COLOR

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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