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THERE IS A RED LIGHT ON HAGGERTY ROAD THAT SEEMS TO
CHASE YOU. IT DOESN'T BLINK ON OR OFF OR GET
BIGGER OR SMALLER WHILE YOU DRIVE ALONG THE ROAD,
BUT IT SEEMS AS IF IT FOLLOWS YOU ALL THE WAY DOWN
HAGGERTY ROAD TO A CERTAIN POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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THERE IS A RED LIGHT ON HAGGERTY ROAD THAT SEEMS TO
CHASE YOU. IT DOESN'T BLINK ON OR OFF OR GET
BIGGER OR SMALLER WHILE YOU DRIVE ALONG THE ROAD,
BUT IT SEEMS AS IF IT FOLLOWS YOU ALL THE WAY DOWN
HAGGERTY ROAD TO A CERTAIN POINT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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RED LIGHT

"RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT" IS PLAYED BY ANY NUMBER OF
CHILDREN. AN "IT" STATIONS HIMSELF APART FROM THE
OTHERS AND THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO BE THE FIRST
TO REACH HIM. THE CONTESTANTS MUST "FREEZE" (REMAIN
MOTIONLESS) AS LONG AS "IT" IS LOOKING IN THEIR
DIRECTION. THEY MAY APPROACH ONLY WHEN "ITS" BACK IS
TURNED TO THEM.
FIRST TO (REACH) "IT" BECOMES NEW "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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Detroit Catholic Central High School Boys Bowl

Each year in October the varsity football team of Detroit
Catholic Central High School participates in the Boys Bowl. This
is a traditional football game played every year where the
Catholic Central Shamrocks play their biggest rival. The first
Boys Bowl came into effect in 1944 when the school opened. The
tradition started because a priest from Catholic Central once
went to a town in Ohio called Boystown and got a team from that
city to come and play Catholic Central every year. From then on
one day each year was set aside to play their most competitive
rival and this came to be known as the Boys Bowl. Since 1966
Catholic Central has played Brother Rice High School on this very
special day. Other teams played before this date were U of D
High, Notre Dame, and Cathedral. Each year this one game is
played to celebrate competition and athletic excellency.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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DAB BUTTER ON A BURN, IT WILL MAKE IT FEEL BETTER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME TO DO THIS WHEN I BURNED
MY HAND WHEN I WAS VISITING HER. I LATER FOUND OUT
THIS IS A TERRIBLE THING TO DO. IT SORT OF FRIES THE
SKIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): BURN CURE ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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THE LEGEND OF REDFORD POOL.

ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO WHEN THE REDFORD PUBLIC POOL HAD A 25 FOOT
HIGH DIVING PLATFORM THERE WAS THIS ADVENTUROUS MAN WHO
WISHED TO DIVE OFF THE 25 FOOT PLATFORM. AFTER A BIT OF
NEGOTIATION THE LIFE GUARD AT THE POOL ALLOWED THE MAN
TO DIVE OFF THE HIGH DIVE. WELL, IT HAPPENED TO BE A VERY
WINDY DAY THAT DAY AND JUST AS THE MAN LEAPED OFF THE HIGH
DIVE A HUGE GUST OF WIND CAME BY AND SAILED HIM ACROSS
THE POOL AND DASHED HIS GUTS ALL OVER THE SIDEWALK.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY IS TO BE TAKEN AS TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

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SODA-POP RHYME

COCA-COLA WENT TO TOWN,
PEPSI-COLA SHOT HIM DOWN.
7-UP PICKED HIM UP,
AND DOCTOR PEPPER FIXED HIM UP.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME USES NAMES OF POPULAR BRANDS OF SODA POP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVERTISING

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.400

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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"CHEWING GUM SONG"

DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM
LOSE ITS FLAVOR
ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT?
CAN YOU CATCH IT ON YOUR TONSILS,
CAN YOU HEAVE IT LEFT AND RIGHT?
DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM
LOSE ITS FLAVOR
ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT?

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WOULD SING THIS SONG TO US BEFORE BEDTIME
TO MAKE US LAUGH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.800

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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ENGINE #9 TAG RHYME

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN FALL OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
YES, NO, MAYBE SO?

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ANOTHER RHYME TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD BE IT IN A
GAME OF TAG. WHATEVER THE CHOICE WAS (YES, NO, MAYBE SO),
WAS SPELLED OUT. WHOEVER THE KING SAYER WAS POINTING
TO ON THE LAST LETTER WOULD NOT BE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME FOR PERSON CHOOSING "IT" IN A GAME: KING SAYER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.500 SQ[ 84
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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RAIN RHYME

IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING.
BUMPED HIS HEAD
ON THE HEAD OF THE BED
AND COULDN'T GET UP
IN THE MORNING.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS SAID WHENEVER THERE WAS A THUNDERSTORM. THE
OLD MAN'S SNORING REFERRED TO THE THUNDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME FOR GOD: OLD MAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.465

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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"MISS LUCY HAD A TUGBOAT"

MISS LUCY HAD A TUGBOAT. THE TUGBOAT HAD A BELL.
MISS LUCY WENT TO HEAVEN. THE TUGBOAT WENT TO--
HELLO OPERATOR, PLEASE GIVE ME NUMBER NINE.
AND IF YOU DISCONNECT ME, I'LL KICK YOU RIGHT BEHIND
THE 'FRIGERATOR, THERE LAY A PIECE OF GLASS.
MISS LUCY FELL UPON IT AND BROKE HER LITTLE
ASK ME NO MORE QUESTIONS, I'LL TELL YOU NO MORE LIES.
MISS LUCY TOLD ME ALL OF THIS THE DAY BEFORE SHE DIED
HER HAIR GREEN, SHE DIED HER HAIR PINK.
SHE DIED HER HAIR PURPLE AND WASHED IT DOWN THE SINK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CHANT ALONG THE SAME ORDER AS THE PREVIOUS ONE,
BUT WAS SHOUTED WITHOUT THE CLAPPING GESTURES MORE OFTEN
THAN CHANTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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"MISS LUCY HAD A BABY"

MISS LUCY HAD A BABY, SHE NAMED IT TINY TIM.
SHE PUT IT IN THE BATHTUB TO SEE IF IT COULD SWIM.
IT DRANK UP ALL THE WATER, IT ATE UP ALL THE SOAP.
IT TRIED TO EAT THE BATHTUB, BUT IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN HIS THROAT.
MISS LUCY CALLED THE DOCTOR, MISS LUCY CALLED THE NURSE.
MISS LUCY CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
IN WALKED THE DOCTOR, IN WALKED THE NURSE,
IN WALKED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
"MUMPS!" SAID THE DOCTOR. "MEASLES!" SAID THE NURSE.
"NOTHING," SAID THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CHANT TO WHICH A CLAPPING GAME WAS PLAYED. TWO
PLAYERS WOULD CLAP THEIR OWN HANDS TOGETHER AND THEN SLAP
THE OTHER PLAYER'S OPPOSITE HAND. THIS WAS ALSO SUNG OR
SHOUTED WITHOUT THE CLAPPING MOVEMENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.522
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.523

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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CHILDHOOD BEDTIME PRAYER

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PRAYER MY FATHER TAUGHT ME, WHICH HE LEARNED FROM
HIS PARENTS. WE FOLLOWED THIS PRAYER WITH A PRAYER TO GOD
TO BLESS OUR FAMILY AND "EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WE L0VE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

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CONTINENTAL SOLDIER SONG

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW,
DO THEY WOBBLE TO AND FRO,
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A KNOT,
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A BOW?
CAN YOU THROW THEM OVER YOUR SHOULDER
LIKE A CONTINENTAL SOLDIER?
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SONG MY MOTHER LEARNED IN ARKANSAS WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001970S

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END FOR TAG RHYMES

MY MOTHER SAID TO PICK THE VERY BEST ONE AND YOU ARE NOT IT
WITH A DIRTY, DIRTY DISHRAG ON YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SAID AT THE END OF EVERY RHYME. WHOEVER THE "KING-
SAYER" WAS POINTING TO ON THE LAST WORD WOULD NOT BE "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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COLOR TAG RHYME

YOUR MOTHER AND MY MOTHER WERE HANGING OUT CLOTHES.
MY MOTHER GAVE YOUR MOTHER A PUNCH IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?

Submitter comment: ANOTHER RHYME TO DETERMINE WHO WILL BE IT. WHOEVER THE "KING-
SAYER" IS POINTING TO ON THE LAST WORD MUST CHOOSE A COLOR--
RED WAS PASSE--AND THE "KING-SAYER" WOULD SPELL OUT THE
COLOR. WHOEVER THEY WERE POINTING TO WOULD NOT BE "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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BUBBLEGUM TAG RHYME

BUBBLEGUM, BUBBLEGUM,
IN A DISH,
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?

Submitter comment: THIS IS ANOTHER RHYME TO CHOOSE WHO WILL BE "IT." THE "KING-
SAYER" POINTS TO A PERSON ON EACH WORD--WHOEVER THEY
POINTED TO ON THE LAST WORD MUST CHOOSE A NUMBER. THEN THE
"KING-SAYER" SPELLED THE NUMBER AND WHOEVER THEY ENDED UP
POINTING TO WOULD NOT BE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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INK-A-BINK TAG RHYME

INK-A-BINK, A BOTTLE OF INK,
CORK FELL OUT AND YOU STINK.
NOT BECAUSE YOU'RE DIRTY,
NOT BECAUSE YOU'RE CLEAN,
JUST BECAUSE YOU KISSED A BOY
BEHIND A MAGAZINE.
MY MOTHER SAID TO PICK THE VERY BEST ONE AND YOU ARE NOT IT.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS USED TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD BE "IT" IN A GAME
OF TAG. EACH PLAYER PUT ONE FOOT IN THE CIRCLE AND THE "KING-
SAYER" OR THE ONE WHO SAID THE RHYME, POINTED TO A PERSON ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR
TURN AROUND
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR
TOUCH THE GROUND.

Submitter comment: THE PLAYERS IMITATE THE ACTIONS OF THE TEDDY BEAR WHILE
JUMPING ROPE, TURNING AROUND IN CIRCLES AS THEY JUMP AND
TOUCHING THE GROUND AS THEY REPEAT THE RHYME. PLAY CONTINUES
UNTIL A PLAYER MISSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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REMEDY

TO RELIEVE A SORE THROAT, SIMPLY PLACE SEVERAL STRANDS OF ONE HUNDRED
PERCENT WOOL YARN AROUND THE THROAT. WITHIN MINUTES THE PAIN SHOULD
ALL BUT DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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