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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR,
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER
PUPIL AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; PARODY ; PARODY OF POEM: MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ; RHYME: AABB

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

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Language: Rhyme

If wisdom's ways you'd willing seek

Five things observe with care;

Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,

And how, and when and where.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Language ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Speak ; VERSE ; When ; Where ; Whom ; WISDOM

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

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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS' THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER PUPIL AT
OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY--POEM COMPARE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ANTI-CLIMAX ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 11-13-1968

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"ZE SKUNK, ZE SKUNK"

I HUNT ZE BEAR; I HUNT ZE WOLF;
SOMETIMES I HUNT ZE RAT.
LAS' WEEK I TAKE MY AX
AN' HUNT ZE SKUNK POLECAT.
MY FRIEND JACQUES SAYS HE'S VER' GOOD FUR,
AN' SOMETIME GOOD TO EAT.
I TELL MY WIFE I GET FUR COAT
AN' SAME TIME GET SOME MEAT.
I WALK TWO, T'REE, FOUR MILE.
I FEEL WAN AWFUL SMELL.
I SAY DIS SKUNK HE'S UP AND DIE,
AN' FUR COAT GONE TO HELL.
BIMEBY I SEE ZE SKUNK,
CLOSE UP BY ONE BEEG TREE.
I SNEAK UP VERA CLOSE BEHIN',
AN' T'INK HE'S NO SEE ME.
BIMEBY I'M CLOSE UP BY ZE SKUNK.
I RAISE MY AX UP HIGH,
WHEN ... UP, KERPLUNK, DIS DAM', DAM' SKUNK
SHE'S T'ROW SOMET'ING IN MY EYE.
SACRE BLU! I T'INK I'M BLIN'.
GEE WHIZ! I CAN NO SEE!
I WALK ROUN' AN' ROUN' AN' ROUN'
AN' BUMP IN DAM' OL' TREE!
BIMEBY I DROP MY AX
AN' LIGHT OUT FOR DA SHACK.
I T'INK A MILLION SKUNKS
DEY CLIM' UPON MY BACK.
MY WIFE SHE MEET ME AT DA DOOR.
SHE SEEK ON ME DA DOG.
SHE SAY."YOU NO SLEEP HERE TONIGHT.
YOU GO SLEEP MIT DA HOG."
I TRY TO CLIM' IN HOG PEN.
GEE WHIZ! NOW WHAT YOU TINK?
DAT DAM' O' HOG NOT STAN' FOR DAT
ON 'COUNT OF AWFUL STINK.
NO MORE I'M HUNT ZE SKUNK POLECAT
TO GET HIS FUR OR MEAT.
FOR IF HIS BREATH HE SMELL SO BAD,
GEE WHIZ WHAT EEFF HE SPEET.

Submitter comment: THIS POEM WAS USUALLY RECITED AROUND A FIRE ON
SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE LOGGING CAMP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): LOGGING POEMS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRENCH DIALECT ; SPIT

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

Date learned: 03-04-1990

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From others we can hide some things
We've thought and said and done;
We cannot hide them from the lord
He known them, everyone.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; Alberton

Keyword(s): poem

James Callow Keyword(s): knows

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Book Rhyme:

I pity the River/I pity the Brook/I pity the one /Who steals this book.

Submitter comment:

Submission is from informant's Junior High Autograph Book, dated 1929-1933

Data entry tech comment:

Motif and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C760] has been crossed out. The word FlyLeaf is written enxt to it.

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BOOK ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; BOOK ; FlyLeaf ; poem ; RHYME ; River ; Signature ; VERSE ; WATER

James Callow Keyword(s): FlyLeaf

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

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Language: Rhyme

Roses Rhyme:

Roses are red, Violets are blue.

Sugar is sweet, And so are you.

Submitter comment:

This is a rhyme that is familiar to most everyone who has heard a "roses are red" rhyme...

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Blue ; COLOR ; Language ; poem ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Sugar ; Sweet ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

From Grade School Book:

2 Nice

2 Be

____

4 Gotten

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

From Grade School Book:

2 Nice

2 Be

____

4 Gotten

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

I wish you luck, I wish you joy, I wish you first a baby boy.

And when his hair begins to curl, I wish you then a baby girl.

And when her hair is straight and thin, I wish you next a set of twins.

And when they're crawling on the floor, for heanev's sake, don't have any more!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; BABY ; Boy ; Crawl ; Curl ; Floor ; Girl ; HAIR ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Straight ; THIN ; TWINS ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Cynical Autograph Rhyme;

Roses are red, Violets are green.

You have a shape like a submarine.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; COLOR ; Cynical ; FLOWERS ; poem ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; Submarine ; VERSE ; Violets

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Rhyme / Pun:

Who greased the grapevine/

-Tarzan

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Grapevine ; Grease ; poem ; PUN ; Signature ; Tarzan ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme;

Kissing spreads germs, and germs are hated,

But kiss me baby, I'm vaccinated!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Germ ; KISS ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Vaccinated ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

When at this book you chance to look,

And have to turn it round,

Remember the girl who spoiled your book,

...by writing upside down...

[The last line is written upside down]

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Upside-down ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

When you are married and think you are sweet,

Take off your shoes and smell your feet.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; FEET ; Married ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Sweet ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

When you are married and move down south,

Remember me and my big mouth.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Married ; Mouth ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; South ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Rhyme

When you get married and your husband gets cross,

Pick up the rolling pin and say "I'm Boss!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Boss ; HUSBAND ; Married ; poem ; RHYME ; Rolling Pin ; Signature ; VERSE ; Wife

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

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Way back here

Out of sight

I sign my name

Just out of spite

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Roses are red, Violets are blue

When it rains, I think of you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Blue ; COLOR ; poem ; Rain ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; VERSE ; Violets

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

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Roses are red, violets are blue,

Lend me $10.00, and then I'll love you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Blue ; COLOR ; FLOWERS ; LOVE ; MONEY ; poem ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; VERSE ; Violets

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

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