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BEANS, BEANS, THE MUSICAL FRUIT;
THE MORE YOU EAT, THE MORE YOU TOOT,
THE MORE YOU TOOT, THE BETTER YOU FEEL,
SO LET'S HAVE BEANS FOR EVERY MEAL.

Submitter comment: FROM GRANDFATHER.
RECITED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): METER: ANAPESTIC ; MONOLOGUE OVERSTATEMENT FOOD ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WAGER

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS.

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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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

AN OLD DOG WILL LEARN NO NEW TRICKS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; ANIMAL ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-10-1967

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GOOD FRIDAY

IN OUR HOUSE ON GOOD FRIDAY, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TALK OR
PLAY OR GO OUTSIDE, EXCEPT TO CHURCH. WE SPEND OUR TIME READING
QUIETLY, RESTING, OR AT CHURCH SERVICES FROM 12--3 P.M.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE AMISH PEOPLE

THE AMISH PAINT THEIR FENCES AND DOORS BLUE WHEN THEY
HAVE A DAUGHTER WHO HAS ATTAINED THE AGE FOR MARRIAGE.
THE MEN DO NOT SHAVE AFTER THEY ARE MARRIED; THEY
GROW BEARDS.

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM MY MOTHER, WHO WORKS WITH
THE INFORMANT. WHERE THE INFORMANT OBTAINED THE
INFORMATION IS NOT CERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; FORD MOTOR CO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 04-02-1965

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NOT GIVEN

A WET APRON MEANS A DRUNKEN HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mythology

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOT GIVEN

IF YOU DIG A HOLE IN THE GROUND AS TALL AS YOUR FATHER AND AS WIDE
AS YOUR MOTHER, A CREATURE WILL COME OUT FROM IT AND LIVE WITH YOU
FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mythology

Date learned: 10-24-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
CANOE
CANOE WHO?
CANOE (CAN YOU ) COME OUT AND PLAY?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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WARM HANDS

ITALIANS ARE GREAT WALKERS. IN COOL WEATHER, THEY ROAST CHESTNUTS
AND THEN PUT THEM IN THEIR POCKET TO KEEP THEIR HANDS WARM WHILE
WALKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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KEY TO THE CITY

A VISITING DIGNITARY ALWAYS GETS THE KEY TO THE CITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND YOUR HUSBAND GETS CROSS
PICK UP A ROLLING PIN
AND SHOW HIM WHO'S BOSS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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IF THIS SMALL BOOK SHOULD CARE TO ROAM,
BOX ITS EARS AND SEND IT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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2 Y'S UR
2 Y'S UB
I C UR 2 Y'S 4 ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE TWINS,
DON'T COME TO ME FOR SAFETY PINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 04-18-1960

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I'LL WRITE ON WHITE TO BE POLITE
AND SAVE THE YELLOW FOR YOUR FELLOW
(SIGNED) JO ANN MC FALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WAGER

I'LL BET MY BOTTOM DOLLAR.

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF ALL THE BOYS LIVED ACROSS THE SEA,
OH WHAT A SWIMMER (GIRL'S NAME) WOULD BE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT
AND THOUGHT IN VAIN--
AND THEN I THOUGHT
I'D SIGN MY NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; GRADE SCHOOL ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 06-00-1961

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APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT "IT" HOLLER "I"
THEN EVERYONE YELLS "I," AND THE LAST ONE TO YELL IS "IT."

Submitter comment: THIS WAS USED WHEN PLAYING TAG AND YOU DIDN'T WANT TO BE
THE CHASER. I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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