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Camp Song, Girl Scouts

This song is used to say goodbye on
the last night of camp.
I want to linger
A little Longer
A little longer here with you.
It doesn't seem quite right
That this is our last night
That this is our last night with you.
And come September
And We'll remember
our camping days and friendship true.
And as the years go by,
I'll think of you and sigh.
This is goodnight and not goodbye.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Narrin ; Ortonville

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

Date learned: 06-00-1990

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Camp Song, Girl Scout

This song is a round.
A round is a song that is sung by two
groups at the same time.
Each group starts individually
and ends at different times.
This song is about patriotism.
America, America,
Shall I tell you how I feel.
You have given me your riches,
And I love you so.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Narrin ; Ortonville

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

Date learned: 06-00-1990

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Camp Songs, Girl Scouts

This song is used as a round.
A round is a song that is sung
by two groups at the same time
but is begun at different times.
This song is about the Girl Scout Trefoil.
My Trefoil, My Trefoil
Can I Tell you how I feel
You have given me your friendship,
And I thank you so.

Submitter comment: The Trefoil is the symbol for the
Girl Scouts of the United States.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Narrin ; Ortonville

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

Date learned: 06-00-1986

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RAIN BEFORE 7, STOP BEFORE 11

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED BY MY AUNT FROM HER FATHER WHO USED TO SAY IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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Camp Song,Girl Scouts

This song is taught as a round.
A round is a song where two groups
sing the same song at spaced intervals.
This song originated in England
and is the story of forbidden love.
Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose,
Will I ever see thee wed
I will marry at my will,sire,
at my will

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Narrin ; Ortonville

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

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IF THE SMOKE FROM A FIRE STAYS NEAR THE GROUND IT WILL RAIN. IF IT
GOES UP IT WILL BE FAIR WEATHER.

Submitter comment: SIGN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Fire

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF THE GRASS IS WET AT NIGHT IT MEANS IT WILL RAIN THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Keyword(s): SIGN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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RAIN WHEN THE SUN SHINES MEANS IT WILL RAIN TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER
SIGN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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IF A BRIDE PUTS A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE, IT WILL BRING HER LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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IF THE SUN SHINES ON A WEDDING IT WILL BE A HAPPY ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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HE IS NOT DRUNK
WHO FROM THE FLOOR,
CAN RISE AGAIN
TO DRINK SOME MORE.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER TAUGHT THIS TO ME AT A PARTY WE ATTENDED TO
RATIONALIZE HIS DRINKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.477

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IF A PICTURE OF A PERSON FALLS OFF A WALL, SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN
TO HIM UNLESS IT IS IMMEDIATELY PUT BACK UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001930S CA.

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IF YOU COUNT THE CARS IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION IT WILL BRING YOU BAD
LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001930S CA.

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IF YOU TAKE ALL OF YOUR POTATO PEELINGS AND PUT THEM IN THE FIRE-
PLACE AND BURN THEM WITH YOUR FIRE, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ANY CREOSOTE
BUILD-UP, AND YOU WILL NEVER NEED YOUR CHIMNEY SWEPT.

Submitter comment: SHE SWEARS THAT THIS IS TRUE, AND SHOWED ME HER CHIMNEY FLUE, WHICH
HASN'T BEEN CLEANED IN FIVE YEARS TO PROVE IT. THE FLUE WAS CLEAN
AS A WHISTLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

James Callow Keyword(s): CREOSOTE ; FIREPLACE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 00001930S CA.

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WHEN CATTLE HUDDLE IN A PASTURE IT IS A SIGN OF RAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY HER MOTHER..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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IF YOU FIND A PIN AND PICK IT UP IT WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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A THUNDERSTORM WILL TURN MILK SOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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ALWAYS PLANT PEAS, POTATOES, AND ONIONS ON GOOD FRIDAY AND YOU WILL
HAVE A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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SNEEZING FOUR TIMES BEFORE BREAKFAST MEANS THAT COMPANY IS COMING.

Submitter comment: MAGIC NUMBER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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IF A BIRD TRIES TO COME IN THROUGH A CLOSED WINDOW, IT MEANS THAT
THERE WILL BE A DEATH SOON.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11001987 CA.

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