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FOLK VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

MAY YOUR JOYS BE AS DEEP AS THE OCEAN
AND YOUR SORROWS AS LIGHT AS ITS FOAM.

Submitter comment: MINNIE LORENZ WROTE THIS IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA ; SIMILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

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LOVE FOR YOU SHALL NEVER FAIL,
AS LONG AS PUSSY HAS HER TAIL.

Submitter comment: INEZ LOFF WROTE THIS IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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MAY YOU GO THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT A SLIP
LIKE A BOB-TAILED SQUIRREL
ON A SLIPPERY CHIP

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE BY THE LAKE,
PLEASE SEND ME A PIECE OF YOUR WEDDING CAKE.

Submitter comment: MICHAEL WILHELMI SIGNED THIS IN INFORMANTS'
AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1932, N. DAKOTA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; PLYMOUTH

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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LIFE IS LONG AND BOYS ARE PLENTY
DON'T GET MARRIED TIL YOUR TWENTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; PLYMOUTH

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965 ; 00-00-1932

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WHEN YOU GET OLD AND CANNOT SEE
PUT ON YOUR SPECKS AND THINK OF ME.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECTACLES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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WHEN TWILIGHT DROPS HER CURTAIN
AND PINS IT WITH A STAR,
REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE A FRIEND,
THOUGH SHE MAY WONDER FAR.
(SIGNED) LIZZIE WILHELMI

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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IT'S EASY ENOUGH TO BE PLEASANT
WHEN LIFE FLOATS ALONG LIKE A SONG,
BUT THE GIRL WORTH WHILE
IS THE GIRL THAT CAN SMILE,
WHEN EVERYTHING GOES DEAD WRONG.
(SIGNED) STANLEY PETRI

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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WHEN ON THE EARTH YOUR DAYS ARE ENDED,
AND NO MORE THIS PATH YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA ; PLYMOUTH

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

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FOLK VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; GOOD WISHES (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

MAY YOUR JOYS BE AS DEEP AS THE OCEAN
AND YOUR SORROWS AS LIGHT AS ITS FOAM.

Submitter comment: MINNIE LORENZ WROTE THIS IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA ; SIMILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE

WHEN THE LEAVES OF YOUR ALBUM
ARE YELLOW WITH AGE,
AND THE NAME I WROTE ON THIS PAGE IS DIM,
STILL THINK OF ME KINDLY AND DO NOT FORGET,
THAT WHEREVER I AM,
I REMEMBER YOU YET.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; INDIRECTION ; PROMISE OF REMEMBRANCE ; REMEMBRANCE ; SERIOUSNESS ; SINCERITY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; INSTRUCTIONS ; METER: ANAPESTS ; METER: IAMBS ; RHYME:

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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FOR A COUGH OR COLD THE CHILD'S THROAT AND CHEST
WERE RUBBED WITH CAMPHORATED OIL. THEN THERE WAS
A DIRTY SOCK TIED AROUND THEIR NECK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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"TROT, TROT TO BOSTON TO GET A LOAF OF BREAD.
TROT, TROT HOME AGAIN THE OLD GRAY HORSE IS DEAD."
THIS WAS SUNG WITH A BABY ON YOUR KNEES. YOU LIFTED
YOUR KNEES UP IN RHYTHM WITH THE VERSE. AT THE END
OF THE VERSE YOU LET THE BABY FALL BACKWARDS AND CATCH
HIM.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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SPRING TONIC

EVERY SPRING ALL THE CHILDREN WERE GIVEN A
PASTE THAT CONSISTED OF EQUAL PARTS OF GROUND
PRUNES, RAISINS, FIGS, AND SENNA. THIS WAS
DONE TO CLEAN THE BODY OUT FOR THE YEAR.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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LEMONADE

YOU START BY CHOOSING TWO TEAMS THAT HAVE
THREE OR MORE CHILDREN TO A TEAM. THEN YOU
CHOOSE AN AGREED-UPON MEDIUM THAT WILL SERVE
AS A DIVIDER BETWEEN THE TEAMS. ONE TEAM
IS CHOSEN TO BE "IT." THIS CAN BE DONE
BY FLIPPING A COIN OR GUESSING A COLOR.
THE "IT" TEAM THEN GATHERS TOGETHER AWAY FROM
THE OTHER TEAM AND DECIDES UPON A CHARADE THAT
THEY WILL PRESENT TO THE OTHER TEAM. THE CHARADE
MUST REPRESENT AN OCCUPATION OF SOME SORT. THEN
THE OTHER TEAM CHANTS, "LEMONADE, LEMONADE SHOW US
YOUR TRADE." THE "IT" TEAM ENACTS THEIR CHARADE.
IF SOMEONE ON THE OTHER TEAM GUESSES IT ALL OF THE
"IT" TEAM MEMBERS MUST TRY TO REACH A PRESET PLACE OF
SAFETY. IF THEY ARE CAUGHT THEY MUST JOIN THE OPPOSING
TEAM. THEN THE OPPOSITE TEAM ENACTS A CHARADE.
IF NO ONE GUESSES THE CHARADE THE CHARADERS DO
ANOTHER CHARADE.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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HAVE YOU SEEN MY BIRD TODAY?

PLAYERS SIT IN EITHER A ROW OR A CIRCLE. AN "IT"
IS CHOSEN. "IT" MENTALLY CHOOSES A COLOR AND THEN
PROCEEDS TO ASK A PLAYER, "HAVE YOU SEEN MY BIRD
TODAY?" THE PLAYER SAYS YES AND "IT" ASKS, "WHAT
COLOR WAS IT?" IF THE PLAYER ANSWERS WITH THE SAME
THAT "IT" HAD MENTALLY CHOSEN, "IT" EITHER THROWS A
HANDFUL OF GRASS OR A SMALL CUP OF WATER INTO THEIR
FACE (WHAT YOU WILL USE IS DICTATED BY THE WEATHER
CONDITIONS). IF THE PLAYER DOES NOT SAY THE SAME
COLOR THAT "IT" HAS CHOSEN, "IT" MUST ASK EACH
PLAYER UNTIL SOMEONE SAYS THE RIGHT COLOR. THAT
PLAYER THEN BECOMES "IT".

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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GOD BLESS THE BAKER,
GOD BLESS THE COOK,
GOD PITY THE PERSON,
WHO STEALS THIS BOOK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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LEAVES MAY WITHER;
FLOWERS MAY DIE;
FRIENDS MAY FORGET YOU,
BUT NEVER WILL I.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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IF THERE IS A FLY IN YOUR HOUSE ON JANUARY THE FIRST
YOU WILL HAVE A YEAR OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD IN NORTH DAKOTA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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ONCE IN A WHILE I'M LONESOME,
TWICE IN A WHILE I'M SAD,
THRICE IN A WHILE I THINK OF YOUR SMILE;
IT MAKES ALL THE WORLD SEEM GLAD.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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