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ORIGIN OF THE JACK O LANTERN

A BOY NAMED JACK WANTED TO GO TO HEAVEN, BUT HIS CONSCIENCE
WOULD NOT LET HIM. SO JACK WANTED TO GET INTO HELL, BUT SINCE
HE PLAYED TRICKS AND JOKES, THE DEVIL WOULD NOT LET HIM IN.
SO JACK HAD TO ROAM THE EARTH FOR ALL TIME, CARRYING
A LANTERN. THEREFORE PEOPLE HAVE CALLED HIM, JACK O' LANTERN.

Data entry tech comment: A-T 330 THE SMITH OUTWITS THE DEVIL
MT[ A2817 ORIGIN OF WILL-OF-THE-WISP (JACK-O'-LANTERN)
CK[ IGNUS FATUUS ; JACK-O'-LANTERN IS NAME FOR HOLLOWEEN PUMPKIN
WL[ ALPENA, MICHIGAN
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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

James Callow Keyword(s): IGNUS FATUUS ; JACK-O'-LANTERN IS NAME FOR HOLLOWEEN PUMPKIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES FOR NO REASON, YOU WILL SOON
RECEIVE SOME MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY HOLLER "AYE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

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

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

HELP, MURDER, POLICE
MY MOTHER FELL IN THE GREASE
I LAUGHED SO HARD, I FELL IN THE LARD
HELP MURDER POLICE

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA ; informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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ORIGIN OF THE JACK O LANTERN

A BOY NAMED JACK WANTED TO GO TO HEAVEN, BUT HIS CONSCIENCE
WOULD NOT LET HIM. SO JACK WANTED TO GET INTO HELL, BUT SINCE
HE PLAYED TRICKS AND JOKES, THE DEVIL WOULD NOT LET HIM IN.
SO JACK HAD TO ROAM THE EARTH FOR ALL TIME, CARRYING
A LANTERN. THEREFORE PEOPLE HAVE CALLED HIM, JACK O LANTERN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

Keyword(s): ETYMOLOGY ; HALLOWEEN ; HELL ; Jack O lantern" Heaven ; Lantern ; Origin ; Pumpkin

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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GAMES

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING OUT CLOTHES
MY MOTHER GAVE YOUR MOTHER A PUNCH IN THE NOSE
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?
RED---SPELLS RED AND OUT SHE GOES WITH THE DIRTY DISH
RAG ON HER KNEE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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BLUE BELLS COCKER SHELLS/ EEVY IVY OVER/ I WENT DOWN TOWN TO SEE MISS
BROWN/ SHE GAVE ME A NICKLE TO BUY A PICKLE.
THE PICKLE WAS SOUR/ SHE GAVE ME A FLOWER/ THE FLOWER WAS DEAD/ SHE
GAVE ME SOME THREAD/ THE THREAD WAS THIN/ SHE GAVE ME A PIN/ THE PIN
WAS SHARP/ SHE GAVE ME A HARP/ THE HARP BEGAN TO SING: A MINNIE AND A
MINNIE AND A HA HA HA.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ALPENA ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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