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ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE USED TO BE TAUGHT BY
THE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. THIS NEGRO
SCHOOL HAS SINCE BEEN CLOSED.
THEY WERE HAVING A PLAY ONE DAY AND ONE OF THE BOYS NEEDED A
COAT SO THAT HE WOULD LOOK THE PART OF AN ADULT. IT WAS TIME
FOR THE PLAY AND THIS BOY HAD NOT SHOWN UP. THEY WAITED AND
WAITED, BUT HE DIDN'T COME. FINALLY, HE ARRIVED AND THE
SISTER ASKED HIM WHY HE HAD TAKEN SO LONG. HE SAID THAT
THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD A COAT WAS HIS BROTHER, AND HE HAD HAD
BAD LUCK AND AS SOON AS HE WOULD PUT ON THE COAT HE
WOULD HAVE BAD LUCK TOO, AND IT WOULD MAKE HIM MAKE A
MISTAKE WITH HIS LINES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; JACKSON

Subject headings: DRAMA -- D000
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 08-00-1968

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SEWING: PRICKING FINGER

IF YOU PRICK YOUR FINGER WHILE SEWING, YOU WILL GET A KISS
WHILE WEARING THAT GARMENT.

Submitter comment: TOLD WITHOUT EVER REMEMBERING IT EVER HAPPENING THAT WAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; JACKSON ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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Belief: Weather

Weather Verse:

Rain before seven; Quit before eleven.

Submitter comment:

She says it usually worked.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): ; COLOR ; Hour ; NATURE ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Sailor ; Sky ; TIME ; WARNING ; WEATHER

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

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TACKLINA WAS PLAYED BY TWO SIDES WHO WOULD LINE UP
ON OPPSITE SIDES OF THE FIELD. THEY WOULD THEN RUN
TO THE OTHER SIDE, TRYING TO PREVENT THE OTHER SIDE
FROM DOING SO, BY TACKLING THEM. IF SOMEONE IS
TACKLED, HE BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE OTHER SIDE.
THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL ALL HAVE BEEN TACKLED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED,
EARLY TO RISE,
HELP ME KEEP
MY FIGURE AND SIZE.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; SLIMNESS

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

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DEAD CHILD LEGEND {PREMATURE BURIAL}

IN JACKSON {MICHIGAN}, AT ONE OF OUR CEMETERIES, THERE
IS A SMALL TOMBSTONE MARKED LITTLE MARY, AND THE BIRTH
AND DEATH DATES. IT PASSED AMONG THE HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS THE STORY OF MARY'S SAD DEATH.
IT SEEMS THAT WHEN SHE WAS BURIED, SHE WAS NOT REALLY
DEAD, DUE TO THE FACT THAT SHE WAS IN A DISEASE-INDUCED
COMA. SINCE THIS WAS BEFORE THIS DISEASE WAS KNOWN, THEY
BURIED HER, THINKING HER DEAD.
THIS MUST HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE OF SOME KIND, BECAUSE
THEY SHORTLY DUG HER UP AGAIN.
THIS TIME SHE WAS REALLY DEAD, BUT SHE HAD EVIDENTLY
COME OUT OF THE COMA AND TRIED TO SCRATCH HER WAY OUT
OF THE COFFIN, BECAUSE THERE WERE SCRATCH MARKS ON THE
WOOD AND THE SHROUD WAS ALL ASKEW. MARY WAS TURNED
OVER, FACE DOWN IN THE COFFIN AND DEAD FROM SUFFOCATION
OR SHOCK, NO ONE KNOWS WHICH.
THIS STORY IS MOST OFTEN TOLD TO SOME UNSUSPECTING SOUL
WHO FINDS HIMSELF TAKEN TO A GRAVEYARD AND TOLD THE STORY
WHILE LOOKING AT LITTLE MARY'S TOMBSTONE. OFTEN TIMES
OTHER GUYS ARE HIDDEN NEARBY TO SCREAM JUST AS THE
FIRST GROUP IS LEAVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DEAD CHILD LEGEND {PREMATURE BURIAL}

IN JACKSON {MICHIGAN}, AT ONE OF OUR CEMETERIES, THERE
IS A SMALL TOMBSTONE MARKED LITTLE MARY, AND THE BIRTH
AND DEATH DATES. IT PASSED AMONG THE HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS THE STORY OF MARY'S SAD DEATH.
IT SEEMS THAT WHEN SHE WAS BURIED, SHE WAS NOT REALLY
DEAD, DUE TO THE FACT THAT SHE WAS IN A DISEASE-INDUCED
COMA. SINCE THIS WAS BEFORE THIS DISEASE WAS KNOWN, THEY
BURIED HER, THINKING HER DEAD.
THIS MUST HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE OF SOME KIND, BECAUSE
THEY SHORTLY DUG HER UP AGAIN.
THIS TIME SHE WAS REALLY DEAD, BUT SHE HAD EVIDENTLY
COME OUT OF THE COMA AND TRIED TO SCRATCH HER WAY OUT
OF THE COFFIN, BECAUSE THERE WERE SCRATCH MARKS ON THE
WOOD AND THE SHROUD WAS ALL ASKEW. MARY WAS TURNED
OVER, FACE DOWN IN THE COFFIN AND DEAD FROM SUFFOCATION
OR SHOCK, NO ONE KNOWS WHICH.
THIS STORY IS MOST OFTEN TOLD TO SOME UNSUSPECTING SOUL
WHO FINDS HIMSELF TAKEN TO A GRAVEYARD AND TOLD THE STORY
WHILE LOOKING AT LITTLE MARY'S TOMBSTONE. OFTEN TIMES
OTHER GUYS ARE HIDDEN NEARBY TO SCREAM JUST AS THE
FIRST GROUP IS LEAVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KILLER

MATERIALS: ONE PLAYING CARD FOR EACH PLAYER, ONE OF
WHICH IS THE QUEEN OF SPADES.
EACH PLAYER TAKES A CARD AND HIDES IT FROM THE OTHERS.
THE ONE WITH THE QUEEN IS THE KILLER.
TO WIN: THE KILLER MUST KILL ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS
BY WINKING AT THEM SO THEY CAN SEE HIM DO IT. THEY
THEN AWAY AND ANNOUNCE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN KILLED.
THE KILLER MUST KILL ALL PLAYERS TO WIN.
ANOTHER PLAYER MAY WIN BY ANNOUNCING THE KILLER'S
IDENTITY BEFORE GETTING KILLED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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THIS PAGE IS BLUE
SO IS THE SKY,
AND YOU'LL BE TOO
IF YOU EVER HAVE A GUY
WHO COMES FOR YOU
AT HALF PAST TWO A.M.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN BY JAMES C. DRISCOLL IN THE INFORMANT'S
AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1936.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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RETORT

IF MY DOG HAD A FACE LIKE YOURS I'D SHAVE HIS ASS AND MAKE HIM WALK
BACKWARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): FACE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-0000

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WHEN YOU GET TO HEAVEN
AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO,
JUST DIG A HOLE
AND PULL ME THROUGH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S 8TH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK (1938),
ST. JOHN'S, JACKSON BY MAXINE DRISCOLL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1938

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REMEMBER ME WHEN FAR, FAR OFF.
THE WOODCHUCKS DIE WITH THE WHOOPING COUGH.
(SIGNED) DOROTHY DRISCOLL (INFORMANT'S SISTER)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
ORCHIDS WERE $10.98, WILL DANDELIONS DO?

Submitter comment: 8TH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK, ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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MY (HEART SHAPE, PANTS SHAPE), 4, U
(SIGNED) B. A. AMELAIN

Submitter comment: ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL, JACKSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1936

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DON'T BE DISCOURAGED;
DON'T BE SAD OR BLUE,
JUST REMEMBER THE GIANT OAK
WAS ONCE A NUT LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN 8TH GRADE AT ST. JOHN'S BY JOAN COREY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1938

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WHEN YOU'RE OLD AND THINK YOU'RE SWEET,
TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND SMELL YOUR FEET.
(SIGNED) WILLIAM PINARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IF IN HEAVEN WE DO NOT MEET,
TOGETHER WE WILL STAND THE HEAT.
AND IF IT GETS EXTREMELY HOT,
PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT.
(SIGNED) MARGARET HAUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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HAY FEVER

HALF OF A SOUP BOWL FULL OF HORSE RADISH, FILL REST OF BOWL
WITH HONEY. EAT SIX TEASPOONS FULL BEFOREEACH MEAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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BURNS

FOR BURNS APPLY SPIRITS OF PEPPERMINT DIRECTLY TO THE BURNS.
THIS IS GOOD FOR THE PAIN AND AIDS IN HEALING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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PERSON KNOCKED OUT

HALF CUP OF VINEGAR
TWO TABLESPOONS OF SODA
TAKE THE VINEGAR AND SODA AND DISSOLVE THEM TOGETHER, THIS
MIXTURE WILL WAKE THE PERSON UP QUICKLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): UNCONSCIOUS INSENSIBLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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