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MARY HAD A LITTLE
IT WAS A TRIFLE AIRY.
IT DIDN'T SHOW CLEAN,
IT DIDN'T SHOW DIRT,
BUT OH! IT DID SHOW MARY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
SHE FED IT CASTOR OIL.
AND EVERY TIME IT WAGGED ITS TAIL,
IT FERTILIZED THE SOIL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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WHEN A CHILD IS BORN, EACH DAY AFTER THE BIRTH THE MOTHER
BECOMES MORE BEAUTIFUL.

Submitter comment:

John Rush; 63 Years old. Retired Moll worker. Slavic. Charleroi, Penna.

He heard this saying from his mother.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; CHARLEROI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 09-12-1973

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SUPERSTITION

YOU SHOULD NEVER SEW ANYTHING WHILE A PERSON IS WEARING IT.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN STEELTON, PENNSYLVANIA ABOUT 1920. COLLECTED 01121964.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; STEELTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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COUNTING OUT

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
Y-E-S SPELLS YES (OR N-O SPELLS NO).
AND YOU ARE OUT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CUMULATIVE VERSE

ON A HILL THERE WAS A TREE,
PRETTIEST TREE YOU EVER DID SEE
THE TREE WAS ON A HILL
AND GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND, ALL AROUND

ON THE TREE THERE WERE SOME LIMBS,
PRETTIEST LIMBS YOU EVER DID SEE.
THE LIMBS WERE ON THE TREE,
THE TREE WAS ON THE HILL,
AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND, ALL AROUND.

ON THE LIMBS THERE WERE SOME TWIGS,
PRETTIEST TWIGS YOU EVER DID SEE,
THE LIMBS WERE ON THE TREE,
THE TREE WAS ON THE HILL,
AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND, ALL AROUND.

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ON THE TWIGS THERE WERE SOME LEAVES
PRETTIEST LEAVES YOU EVER DID SEE.

AMONG THE LEAVES THERE WAS A NEST,
THE PRETTIEST NEST YOU EVER DID SEE.

IN THE NEXT THERE WERE SOME EGGS,
THE PRETTIEST EGGS YOU EVER DID SEE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.534

Date learned: 11-13-1965

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CIRCLE IS ROUND,
AND HAS NO END.
THAT'S HOW LONG,
I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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REMEMBER THE GIRL IN THE CITY,
REMEMBER THE GIRL IN THE TOWN,
BUT MOST OF ALL REMEMBER THE GIRL WHO SPOILED
YOUR BOOK BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN.

James Callow comment: THIS WHOLE VERSE IS WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GOOD FRIDAY

IN ITALY, ON GOOD FRIDAY, IT WAS A CUSTOM FOR THE PEOPLE TO TAKE
NOISEMAKERS TO CHURCH. AT A PRESCRIBED TIME DURING THE SERVICES,
EVERYONE WOULD BEGIN MAKING NOISES. SOMETIMES THIS WOULD BE A PIECE
OF WOOD AND A HAMMER AND NAILS--ANYTHING THAT WOULD MAKE NOISE.
ALSO IF SOMEONE IN FRONT OF YOU HAD A COAT ON AND LAID IT ON
THE PEW, YOU MIGHT NAIL THE COAT TO THE PEW AS A TYPE OF PRANK.

Submitter comment: AS RECOUNTED FROM MRS. BENESTELLI, A NEIGHBOR, ON TAPE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; PRANKS

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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STEP OVER A BROOM, AND YOU'LL NEVER GET MARRIED.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-13-1965

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IF YOUR NOSE IS ITCHY, IT IS A SURE SIGN THAT COMPANY
IS COMING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

A MAN WILL ALWAYS DO WELL WITH A BIG BARN AND A BIG WIFE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE ; OBSERVATION ; PROSPERITY ; ZEUGMA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 06001961 (SUMMER OF 1961)

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH FARMING BELIEF

POTATOES AND PEAS SHOULD BE PLANTED WHEN THE MOON'S
HORNS POINT DOWNWARD.

Submitter comment: THAT IS, WHEN THE MOON IS WANING.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 00001961 SUMMER

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH SAYING

THE PIG MUST HAVE EATEN THE MUSIC.

Submitter comment: SAID WHEN HEARING BAD MUSIC PLAYED.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001961 SUMMER

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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH PROVERB

THE HAMMER DOESN'T LAST AS LONG
AS THE ANVIL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): TOOL METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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Proverb

Good cookin' lasts, kissin' don't.

Submitter comment:

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COOK ; COOKING ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; KISS ; KISSING ; MARRIAGE ; Maxim ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PROVERB ; REGIONAL ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

We grow too soon old and too late schmart!

Submitter comment:

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; Late ; Maxim ; Old ; PENNSYLVANIA ; Pennsylvania Dutch ; PROVERB ; REGIONAL ; Smart ; VERSE ; Wise ; Young

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying:

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in a pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Behind ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; Fast ; Hurry ; Maxim ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PROVERB ; Slow ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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