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JOKING GESTURE

IF YOU SQUEEZE A GIRL'S KNEE AND SHE LAUGHS, SHE HAS A
BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER USED TO DO THIS TO ME WHEN I WAS LITTLE. IT WAS
A TEASING JOKE OF HIS THAT HE USED TO DO TO MY SISTERS,
OUR FRIENDS AND MYSELF.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT LOUIS

Subject headings: Observation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Gesture

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I LOVE YOU LITTLE, I LOVE YOU BIG,
I LOVE YOU LIKE A LITTLE PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

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APPLES IN THE CELLAR, PEACHES ON THE SHELF,
I AM GETTING TIRED OF LIVING BY MYSELF.
THE SMALLER THE TREE, THE TIGHTER THE BARK,
THE YOUNGER THE COUPLE, THE MORE THAT THEY SPARK.
AS SURE AS THE VINE GROS 'ROUND THE STUMP
YOU'LL BE MY SUGAR LUMP.
DON'T GO TO LONDON, DON'T GO TO FRANCE,
STAY HERE IN MISSOURI AND GIVE THE BOYS A CHANCE.
YOUR BLUE EYES MAY WATER, YOUR WHITE TEETH MAY GRIT,
BUT YOU'RE ONE LOVELY, I WON'T FORGIT.

Submitter comment: MISSOURI, 1945

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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ONE OLD HEN,
SIX LITTLE CHICKENS,
I LOVE YOU TO BEAT THE DICKENS.
COWS LOVE PUMPKINS,
HOGS LOVE SQUASH,
BUT I LOVE YOU, BY GOSH!
AS SURE AS THE VINE GROWS 'ROUND THE RAFTER,
YOU'RE THE ONE I'M AFTER.
WHEEL BROKE, AXLE DRAGGIN',
YOU CAN RIDE ON MY RED WAGGON.

Submitter comment: MISSOURI, 1943

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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I USED TO THINK THAT ALL BOYS WERE NICE AS PIE,
BUT WHEN I THINK WHAT I HAVE THUNK,
I THINK I THUNK A LIE.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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KISSES ARE SWEET, BUT OH HOW BITTER,
TO KISS A YOUNG TOBACCO SPITTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967 ; 00-00-1945

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LOVE IS SUCH A FUNNY THING,
IT LOOKS LIKE A LIZARD,
IT GOES IN YOUR HEART,
AND COMES OUT YOUR GIZZARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967 ; 00-00-1945

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND YOUR HUSBAND GETS CROSS,
PICK UP A BROOM AND SHOW HIM WHO'S BOSS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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SUGAR IS WHITE,
SO IS SALT,
IF WE DON'T MARRY,
IT WON'T BE MY FAULT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-05-1967 ; 00-00-1940

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED,
AND LIVE IN A SHACK,
TEACH YOUR KIDS,
TO SPIT THROUGH A CRACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-05-1967 ; 00-00-1940

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE ON THE HILL,
SEND ME A KISS BY THE WHIPPERWILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-05-1967 ; 00-00-1940

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A HUT,
SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR FIRST NUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-05-1967 ; 00-00-1943

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REMEMBER THE GIRL FROM THE CITY,
REMEMBER THE GIRL FROM THE TOWN,
REMEMBER THE GIRL WHO SPOILED YOUR BOOK,
BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN (WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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REMEMBER ME EARLY,
REMEMBER ME LATE,
REMEMBER ME AT THE GOLDEN GATE.

Where learned: MISSOURI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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WHEN YOU SEE A LIZARD UP A TREE,
PULL ITS TAIL AND THINK OF ME.

Where learned: MISSOURI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1943

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
IF YOU GET CHEWING TOBACCO,
GIVE ME A CHEW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-30-1967 ; 00-00-1940

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WHEN YOU GET OLD, AND THINK YOU'RE SWEET,
TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES, AND SMELL YOUR FEET.

Where learned: MISSOURI

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

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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CHEWING ON THE ICE AFTER FINISHING A DRINK IS A SIGN
OF SEXUAL FRUSTRATION.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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APPLE DIVINATION

BEFORE EATING AN APPLE, RECITE THE ALPHABET WHILE TWISTING THE
APPLE STEM, ONE TWIST PER LETTER. WHEN THE STEM BREAKS, THE LETTER
PRONOUNCED IS THE INITIAL OF THE FIRST NAME OF THE PERSON YOU
ARE GOING TO MARRY.

Submitter comment: I PERSONALLY FIND THIS RIDICULOUS. YET THE INFORMANT IS ENGAGED--

Where learned: MISSOURI ; BISHOP LEBLOND HIGH SCHOOL ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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THREE LITTLE ANGELS

THREE LITTLE ANGELS, ALL DRESSED IN WHITE,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A KITE,
BUT THE KITE STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
TWO LITTLE ANGELS, ALL DRESSED IN WHITE,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A KITE,
BUT THE KITE STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
ONE LITTLE ANGEL...
...
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO... MM
THREE LITTLE DEVILS, ALL DRESSED IN RED,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD,
BUT THE THREAD-STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
TWO LITTLE DEVILS ALL DRESSED IN RED...
... MM
THREE LITTLE DEMONS, ALL DRESSED IN BLACK,
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN IN A CADILLAC,
BUT IT RAN OUT OF GAS AND DOWN THEY FELL,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
TWO LITTLE...
...
(LAST TIME) INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO...
DON'T GET EXCITED, DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD,
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO BED.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN OF COLORS ; ELLIPSES IN LINES 4, 8, ETC. ; EUPHEMISM FOR HELL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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