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COUNTING OUT RHYME (SIC)

ONE FOR THE MONEY;
TWO FOR THE SHOW;
THREE TO GET READY;
AND FOUR TO GO.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, AND PLUMS,
TELL ME WHEN YOUR BIRTHDAY COMES.
THIS IS DONE TO DETERMINE AN "IT" FOR A GAME. ALL PLAYERS
PUT ONE FOOT INTO A CIRCLE AND THE "SAYER" GOES AROUND
SAYING ONE WORD ON EACH FOOT. THE PERSON WHO THE RHYME
ENDS ON TELLS THE "SAYER" HIS BIRTHDATE. THE COUNTER THEN
COUNTS DOWN THE MONTH AND DATE AND THE PERSON ON WHO IT
ENDS IS "OUT." THE LAST PERSON TO REMAIN IS THE "IT."

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: IF I HAD ONE THOUSAND MEN AND YOU HAD ONE THOUSAND
MEN AND WE WERE AT WAR, WHO WOULD WIN?
LISTENER: I GIVE UP.
ANSWER: I WOULD BECAUSE YOU JUST GAVE UP.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): MEN (Q) ; UP (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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COUNTING OUT

ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE,
THREE, FOUR, SHUT THE DOOR;
FIVE, SIX, PICK UP STICKS,
SEVEN, EIGHT, LAY THEM STRAIGHT,
NINE, TEN, A BIG FAT HEN.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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KNEEHOG

A GAME THAT IS PLAYED LIKE FOOTBALL, BUT IS PLAYED ONLY ON YOUR HANDS AND KNEES. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU HAVE TO CRA; WITH THE BALL, RATHER THAN RUN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED TO PLAY THIS IN CINCINNATI, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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"SHE WALKS THE BLOODY TOWER"

THIS SONG WAS SUNG BY MY MOTHER AND HER SIBLINGS:
"SHE WALKS THE BLOODY TOWER
AT THE MIDNIGHT HOUR
WITH 'ER 'EAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH HER ARM
AT THE MIDNIGHT HOUR...

...IT MAKES IT AWFULLY DIFFICULT FOR THE QUEEN TO BLOW HER
NOSE
WITH 'ER 'EAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH 'ER ARM."
MY INFORMANT ONLY REMEMBERS THIS FRAGMENT.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER MY MOTHER SINGING THIS TO ME WHEN I WAS A CHILD.
SHE WOULD ALSO EXPLAIN THE HISTORICAL CONNECTION TO THE QUEENS OF
HENRY THE EIGHTH. ANNE BOLEYN IS PROBABLY THE QUEEN REFERRED TO
IN THE SONG. I ATTRIBUTE MY INTEREST AND MAJOR IN HISTORY IN PART
TO THIS FRAGMENT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00001940S

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THE FOLLOWING IS IN THE INFORMANT'S OWN WORDS.
"IN MY SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL, THE GIRLS GLEE CLUB
PERFORMED THREE FRENCH CAROLS AT OUR CHRISTMAS CONCERT. I HAVE
NOT HEARD ANY OF THE CAROLS SINCE, BUT I LIKED ONE SO WELL THAT I
MADE AN EFFORT TO REMEMBER IT, AND I SANG IT TO MY DAUGHTERS WHEN
THEY WERE SMALL:
"ONCE UPON A WINTER'S NIGHT MANY YEARS AGO IT'S TOLD
WHEN THE WIND WAS AT ITS HEIGHT
AND THE SNOW WAS DEEP AND COLD,
INTO BETHLEHEM DID RIDE GENTLE MARY ON A BEAST WITH JOSEPH
WALKING BY HER SIDE
SEEKING SHELTER FOR THE NIGHT.

COLD AND WEARY FROM THEIR FLIGHT, AT AN INN THEY SOUGHT A
BED
BUT THE KEEPER SCORNED THEIR PLIGHT
`THERE'S NO ROOM TONIGHT,' HE SAID,
`FOR POOR FOLK WHO CANNOT PAY
FOR THE KING OF ALL THE LAND WILL SOON PASS THIS WAY.'
SO THEY TURNED BACK TO THE NIGHT.

HAVE YOU NOT BEEN TOLD THE NEWS
THAT TONIGHT WILL PASS THIS WAY
THE MESSIAH OF THE JEWS--HE WILL COME IN FULL ARRAY
SING HOSANNAH, HOSANNAH, HOSANNAH IN EXCELSIS--OH SING
HOSANNAH TO HIS NAME.
BUT THEY SOON DID COME IN SIGHT OF A LOWLY HOUSE AHEAD
AND WERE WELCOMED BY THE LIGHT OF THEIR HUMBLE HOST WHO
SAID,
`ENTER IN AND SHARE MY ROOF. I CAN OFFER YOU THE STABLE
THERE WITH STRAW AND HAY ENOUGH. FIND YE COMFORT FOR
THE NIGHT.'

IN THAT STABLE WARM AND BRIGHT, WITH THE OXEN STANDING BY
CHRIST WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT
AND THE ANGELS IN THE SKY
SANG THEIR SONG WITH GLADSOME VOICE
`HALLELUJAH! PEACE ON EARTH! NOEL! LET EVERYONE REJOICE!
SING WE ALL THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT!"

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Festival
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

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THE FOLLOWING IS IN THE INFORMANT'S OWN WORDS.
"IN MY MID-TEENS, I WAS FINAGLED INTO TEACHING VACATION BIBLE
SCHOOL. WE THEN LIVED IN A SMALL FARMING COMMUNITY EAST OF
CINCINNATI, OHIO. ONE OF THE RETIRED GENTLEMEN FROM OUR CHURCH
PICKED UP MY MOM, MY SIBLINGS, A COUPLE OF OTHER KIDS FROM DOWN
THE ROAD AND ME EVERY MORNING IN HIS OVERTURNED BATHTUB--THAT'S
WHAT HIS HUDSON MOTOR CAR LOOKED LIKE TO US.
ONCE AT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, WE HAD OUR LITTLE LESSONS AND
CRAFTS FOR THE DAY; AND OF COURSE SONGS--MOST OF WHICH HAD
ACCOMPANYING HAND MOTIONS. THE ONLY ONE I REMEMBER IN ITS
ENTIRETY WAS THIS ONE--YOU'LL HAVE TO LET YOUR IMAGINATION SUPPLY
THE HAND MOTIONS:
"ONLY A BOY NAMED DAVID, ONLY A LITTLE SLING
ONLY A BOY NAMED DAVID, BUT HE COULD PRAY AND SING.
ONLY A BOY NAMED DAVID, ONLY A RIPPLING BROOK
ONLY A BOY NAMED DAVID, BUT FIVE LITTLE STONES HE TOOK.

AND ONE LITTLE STONE WENT INTO THE SLING
AND THE SLING WENT ROUND AND ROUND
AND ROUND AND ROUND, AND ROUND AND ROUND, AND ROUND AND
ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND
AND ONE LITTLE STONE WENT INTO THE AIR AND THE GIANT CAME
TUMBLING DOWN."

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER SOME THE HAND MOTIONS FROM WHEN MY MOM SANG THIS TO
ME WHEN I WAS A CHILD. THEY ARE PANTOMIMES OF DAVID, THE SLING,
AND THE ACTION OF PICKING UP THE STONES IN THE FIRST STANZA. THE
SECOND STANZA FEATURES THE SWINGING ACTION OF THE SLING AND THE
MOTION OF FALLING LIKE THE GIANT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAGLE FENAGLE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 00001950S

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I LOVE YOU LITTLE, I LOVE YOU MIGHTY;
I WISH MY PAJAMAS WERE NEXT TO YOUR NIGHTY.
NOW DON'T GET EXCITED AND DON'T GET MISLED;
I MEAN ON THE CLOTHESLINE AND NOT IN THE BED.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
I PARK MY FORD OUT ON THE STREET.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I PRAY THE LORD TO HOLD THE BRAKE.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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TULIPS IN THE MEADOW,
TULIPS IN THE PARK,
TWO LIPS IN THE GARDEN,
KISSING IN THE DARK.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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I WISH I WERE A FISHY,
A SWIMMING IN THE ICE,
AND WHEN THE GIRLS ALL SKATED BY,
WOULDN'T THAT BE NICE.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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MY MOTHER'S UNCLE TAUGHT HER THIS LITTLE BALLAD ABOUT A FARM
GIRL AND A TRAVELING SALESMAN:
"A FARMER'S DAUGHTER NAMED LOU'ELLER
WAS THE PRETTIEST GIRL FOR MILES AROUND.
BUT THAT POOR GIRL DINT HAVE NO FELLER
UNTIL ONE DAY WHEN SHE WENT TO TOWN.
SHE WENT DOWN TO THE VILLAGE DEPOT
TO WATCH THAT EVENIN' TRAIN COME IN
AND MET A DRUMMER FROM THE CITY WITH
TWO GOLD TEETH AND A WALKIN' CANE.

THEY WENT DOWN TO THE VILLAGE DRUGSTORE
AND AT THE COUNTER THEY DID SAT
HE FILLED HER FULL OF SASPARILLA
TILL SHE DINT KNOW WHERE SHE WAS AT.

ALAS! ALACK! FOR PORE LOUELLER
SHE STARTED SOMETHING SHE COULD NOT STOP
NOW EVER' TIME SHE GETS A NICKEL
SHE BLOWS IT IN ON SODY-POP.

AND IN THE EVENIN'S IN THE SUMMER
AT THE DEPOT DOOR SHE WAITS IN VAIN
AND ROLLS HER EYES AT EVER' DRUMMER
THAT GITS FROM OFF THAT EVENIN' TRAIN."

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): DRUMMER = SALESMAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C230

Date learned: 00001950S

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MY MOTHER'S UNCLE TAUGHT HER THIS SONG WHICH WAS SUNG ON BACK
PORCHES OR AT SOCIALS IN THE EVENINGS AFTER ALL THE CHORES WERE
DONE.
"THERE'S AN OLD APPLE TREE IN THE ORCHARD
THAT LIVES IN MY MEMORY
IT WAS PLANTED BY MY PAPPY--HE WAS HANDSOME, YOUNG AND HAPPY
WHEN HE PLANTED THE OLD APPLE TREE.
ONE NIGHT PAPPY TOOK SISTER NORTON OUT ON A JAMBOREE
WHEN THEY GOT BACK AT SUN-UP, BROTHER NORTON RAISED HIS GUN
UP
AND HE CHASED PAPPY OUT IN THE TREE.
WHEN THE NEIGHBORS CAME AFTER MY PAPPY
UP IN THE TREE WAS HE
THEY TOOK A ROPE AND STRUNG HIM BY THE NECK AND THEY HUNG
HIM ON A BRANCH OF THE OLD APPLE TREE.
SAY GOOD-BYE, SAY GOOD-BYE, SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE OLD APPLE
TREE
IF MY PAPPY HAD A KNOWED IT, HE'D BE SORRY THAT HE GROWED IT
CAUSE HE DIED ON THE OLD APPLE TREE."

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 0001950S

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WHEN MY MOTHER'S OLDER BROTHER WAS ASKED TO SAY THE PRAYER
OVER DINNER, HE WOULD SAY, "GOOD BREAD, GOOD MEAT, GOOD GOD, LET'S
EAT!" THIS BLESSING WAS NOT RECEIVED FAVORABLY WITH HIS CHURCH OF
CHRIST PARENTS!

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): GRACE

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00001940S

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WHEN MY MOTHER WAS A LITTLE GIRL, SHE AND HER BROTHERS KNEW
OF A SPIRIT WHO LIVED IN A CLOSET. THE SPIRIT WAS CALLED "BEJA
BOJA." ONLY THE CHILDREN TALKED TO HIM AND OF THEM IT WAS MOSTLY
THE BOYS. HE TOLD THEM TO DO THINGS AND THEY SHARED THEIR TREATS
WITH HIM. THE OLDEST BROTHERS RESPONDED TO HIM THE MOST AND THEY
USED HIS INFLUENCE TO CONTROL THE YOUNGER SISTERS, AS IN "BEJA
BOJA SAYS...." MANY YEARS LATER, MY MOTHER MENTIONED HIM TO A
HUNGARIAN FRIEND'S MOTHER WHO TOLD HER THAT "BEJA" IS HUNGARIAN
FOR "MAN." THUS "BEJA BOJA" IS THE MYTHICAL MAN WHO LIVED IN A
CLOSET.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00001940S

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HIGH STEPPING HORSES

MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS SONG WHEN SHE WAS IN KINDERGARTEN.
"HIGH STEPPING HORSES"
HIGH STEPPING HORSES,
HIGH STEPPING HORSES
WHAT DO HIGH STEPPING HORSES SAY?
WHAT DO HIGH STEPPING HORSES SAY?
HEE-HAW! HEE-HAW! HEE-HAW! HEE-HAW!

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER DID NOT LIKE THIS SONG BECAUSE SHE LOVED HORSES AND
SHE KNEW THEY DID NOT SAY "HEE-HAW." SHE DID NOT TEACH IT TO HER
CHILDREN. IT WAS LEARNED AT PEASLEE SCHOOL IN CINCINNATI.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOEIA

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

Date learned: 00001946CA

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WHEN MY MOTHER WAS A YOUNG ADOLESCENT, SHE PLAYED A GAME
CALLED "LASSO" WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS. THIS GAME FEATURED A
LOT OF RUNNING AND ROAMING. IT WAS DEVELOPED FROM THE CHILDREN'S
FASCINATION WITH COWBOY RADIO AND TV SHOWS. "LASSO" WAS PLAYED AT
DUSK. "IT" HAD A ROPE AND WOULD TRY TO CATCH SOMEONE WITH A
LASSO. THE OTHERS WOULD RUN. IF "IT" WAS A GIRL SHE HAD TO LASSO
A BOY AND IF "IT" WAS A BOY HE HAD TO LASSO A GIRL. WHEN SOMEONE
WAS CAUGHT HE OR SHE HAD TO KISS THE CATCHER. HE OR SHE THEN
BECAME "IT" AND THE GAME CONTINUED.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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"RUN RABBIT RUN"

Run rabbit
Run rabbit
Run, run, run.
Run rabbit
Run rabbit
Run, run, run.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
Goes the farmer's gun.
So run rabbit
Run rabbit
Run, run, run.

Submitter comment: This was a song that we sung as a family, usually
while driving on long trips. It is a "round" song
which is sung in the same manner as "ROW, ROW, ROW
YOUR BOAT." My mother states that this is a song
which she learned while growing up in Lexington, Kentucky.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): HUNTING

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOEIA

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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On the feast of St. Barbara (Dec.4), artillerymen wear
red socks.

Submitter comment: Ray was not sure how this custom came into being, but says
that St. Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen. Perhaps
because she is the saint to be prayed to for protection from
lightening and fire, the artillerymen feel that she has an
affinity with the explosive power of their weapons.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): Military, soldiers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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