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I'M NO POET,
I'VE NO FAME,
ALL I CAN DO IS SIGN MY NAME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C761

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED AND SETTLE DOWN,
SEND ME A PIECE OF YOUR WEDDING GOWN.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): ADVICE:POSITIVE ; MARRIAGE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.345
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Matrimony

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

YOU MAY SIT ON MY LAP
BUT I PITY YOU IF YOU MARRY A JAP.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ETHNIC SLUR ; MARRIAGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.400
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Date learned: 10-02-1971 ; 00001929-1933

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I WISH YOU LUCK,
I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL
WHEN HER HAIR IS UP IN PINS
I WISH YOU THEN A PAIR OF TWINS.

Submitter comment: THE FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK,
1929 - 1933.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): BIRTH

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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FRIENDS

TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS,
PRECIOUS, BUT RARE.
FALSE FRIENDS ARE LIKE AUTUMN LEAVES,
FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Submitter comment: FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK,
1929 - 1933.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE TO VERSE

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SINKING,
AND YOUR FEET NO LONGER TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Submitter comment: FOLLOWING FROM INFORMANT'T JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOD
1929 - 1933

Data entry tech comment: ADDED COMMAS

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): WISH

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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PUNCH IN AND PUNCH OUT

THIS GAME WAS PLAYED IN A STREET OR ON AN EMPTY LOT
WITH BOUNDARIES DETERMINED BY THE PLAYERS. AT LEAST
FOUR MUST PLAY. ONE PLAYER IS PICKED TO BE "IT"
BY USING A "COUNT-OUT" RHYME. "IT" OCCUPIED THE HOME
BASE AND COULD NOT BE PUNCHED WHILE ON THAT BASE.
THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS FOR "IT" TO GET SOMEONE
ELSE TO BE "IT." TO DO THIS, "IT" HAD TO HOP ON ONE
FOOT OFF THE BASE AND PUNCH SOMEONE ELSE. WHILE "IT"
HOPS, HE CANNOT BE PUNCHED, BUT IF HIS OTHER FOOT TOUCHES
THE GROUND, HE CAN BE PUNCHED. IF "IT" MANAGED TO PUNCH
SOMEONE WHILE HOPPING, THAT PLAYER WOULD THEN BE "IT"
AND WOULD HAVE TO HOP BACK TO BASE OR BE PUNCHED.
ONCE THE NEW "IT" REACHED BASE THE PROCEDURE WAS
REPEATED. THE PLAYERS COULD NOT GO OUTSIDE OF THE
PREARRANGED BOUNDARIES. DURING THE GAME, THE PLAYERS
CONTINUALLY TAUNT AND HARASS THE PLAYER WHO IS IT (I.E.
"JOHN IS IT AND TOOK A FIT AND CAN'T GET OVER IT!")

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PLAYED THIS GAME WITH HIS BROTHERS AND
FRIENDS IN THE 1920S AND 30S.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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YOURS TILL NIGGERS TURN WHITE

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

James Callow Keyword(s): RACISM

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

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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OLD SAYING

WHEN YOU STAND AROUND AND KILL TIME, YOU DON'T KILL TIME, TIME
KILLS YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS SAYING WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER DURING THE
1930'S.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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COUGH SYRUP

BOIL DESIRED QUANTITY OF FLAXSEED AND PUT LEMON JUICE IN IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER USED THIS WHEN INFORMANT WAS A CHILD. (1920'S)

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): FLAX

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001920'S

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