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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, MORE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A COUNTING SONG PERFORMED BY A GROUP OF PERSONS
WHO HAVE EXTENDED THEIR HANDS SHAPED INTO FISTS TO A PERSON
WHO COUNTS AS HE SAYS THE RHYME. THE PERSON WHOSE FIST IS
TOUCHED ON THE WORD EIGHT MUST PUT THAT FIST BEHIND HIS
BACK AS THE PROCESS OF COUNTING CONTINUES. THIS IS A
GAME USED AS A PROCESS OF ELIMINATION TO SEE WHO IS
"IT" FOR A GAME OF TAG.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): ON THE COUNT OF EIGHT,--ON THE WORD "MORE"--PUT YOUR FIST BEHIND YOUR BACK.

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

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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AUTOGRAPH

Y,S YOU ARE. Y,S YOU BE.
I C U R 2 Y,S FOR ME.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1963

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): WISE=Y'S, C=SEE, U=YOU, R=ARE DIGITAL SPELLING

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

NEEDLES AND PINS,/ NEEDLES AND PINS,/ WHEN YOU GET OLDER,/ YOUR
TROUBLE BEGINS. P.S. DON'T COME TO ME.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): LOSS OF YOUTH ; REPETITION ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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IF A WOMAN'S SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN HER BIG TOE, IT
MEANS THAT SHE WILL BE THE BOSS OF HER FAMILY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALSO HAVE HEARD THIS MEANS YOU ARE DESCENDED FROM ROYALTY.

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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MILITARY CADENCE SONG

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD,
RANGERS ARE AS GOOD AS GOLD.
I'VE BEEN TOLD AND I BELIEVE,
I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS LEAVE.
I WONDER WHERE THE YELLOW WENT,
WHEN THEY BOMBED THE ORIENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVERTISING FOR PEPSODENT TOOTHPASTE: ; WHEN YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITH PEPSODENT ; YOU'LL WONDER WHERE THE YELLOW WENT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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AUTOGRAPH

Y, S YOU ARE. Y, S YOU BE.
I C U R 2 Y, S FOR ME.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1963

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING ; WISE=Y'S, C=SEE, U=YOU, R=ARE

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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IF YOU STUMP YOUR LEFT TOE; ITS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION POSITION LEFT ; STUB YOUR TOE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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PIECE EARS

IF THE MOON IS FULL WHEN YOU PIECE YOUR EARS,
YOU LL FEEL NO PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PIERCE YOUR EARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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FLEMISH PROVERB

AS THE CLOCK TICKS AT HOME, IT TICKS NOWHERE ELSE. ZOOALS HET KLOKJE THUIS TIKT, TIKT HET NERGENS. (FLEMISH)

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN HE WAS VISITING DETROIT, MICH. FROM BELGIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS ; ONOMATOPEIA

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; OBSERVATION ; TIME FLIES WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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PROVERB

BECOME OLD EARLY IF YOU WISH TO STAY OLD LONG.

Submitter comment: FROM A FELLOW WORKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PROVERB

CHANGE THE NAME AND NOT THE LETTER, MARRY FOR WORSE AND NOT FOR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOMS ; RHYME

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME ; USUALLY, IF YOU CHANGE. . . .

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
BELIEF -- Marriage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB IN VERSE

CHEW, CHEW, CHEW YOUR FOOD
GENTLY THROUGH THE MEAL,
THE MORE YOU CHEW,
THE LESS YOU EAT,
THE BETTER YOU WILL FEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHARLOTTE

Keyword(s): FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; DIET ; PARODY ON ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

EVEN A FISH COULD STAY OUT OF TROUBLE IF HE KEPT HIS MOUTH CLOSED.

Submitter comment: TAKEN FROM SIXTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): "KEEP YOUR OWN COUNSEL." ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-10-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEGLIGENCE IS A GREAT ENEMY

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN. ITEM IS FROM A LETTER

James Callow comment: I ASSUME THE INFORMANT IS TRANSLATING FROM JAPANESE--
F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE, REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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TANGLE TALK

NEVER TROUBLE TROUBLE
UNTIL TROUBLE TROUBLES YOU
FOR IF YOU TROUBLE TROUBLE
YOU'LL DOUBLE TROUBLE
AND TROUBLE OTHERS TOO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; INVOLVEMENT ; MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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HEN IN THE BUSH

ONE HEN IN THE BUSH IS WORTH FIVE IN THE BROW (BRIAR)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE. ; VEGETATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fifths
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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PROVERB

ONE BIRD IN HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE ; VEGETATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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PROVERB

A PER'SON WHO WANTS TO DO ANOTHERS TRADE IS LIKE SOMEONE
WHO PUTS SOUP INTO A BASKET.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS IN ITALIAN. SHE LEARNED IT FROM A FRIEND
IN ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD ; STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM MAXIM

PROPERTY IS THEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEFINITION ; YOU CAN'T LOSE WHAT YOU DON'T OWN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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ITALIAN PROVERB

PUT THE BREAD TO YOUR MOUTH
AND YOU WILL FIND AN APPETITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FOOD ; YOU CAN DO WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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