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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ENGINE ENGINE NUMBER 9
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE
IF THE ENGINE JUMPS THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
ONE, TWO, THREE,... AND OUT YOU GO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

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

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE OUT HANGING CLOTHES.
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT SMACK IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?
R E D SPELLS RED,
AND YOU DO GO:

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

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

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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CUSTOM OF BRIDE

WHEN A COUPLE GETS MARRIED THE BRIDE WEARS OR CARRIES SOMETHING OLD,
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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METHOD OF CURING

IF YOU HAVE A STYE ON YOUR EYE, TAKE A GOLD HOLY RING AND RUB IT
OVER YOUR EYE AND IT GOES AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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MEANS OF CAUSING ILLNESS

DON'T TOUCH A TOAD CAUSE YOU'LL GET WARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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PREDICTION DIVINATION

TO SEE IF WATER IS GOOD; SPIT IN THE WATER, AND IF IT SPREADS,
THEN THE WATER IS GOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Water

Date learned: 00001960S

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VERSE

SHE OFFERED HER HONOR
AND HE HONORED HER OFFER,
AND ALL NIGHT LONG
HE WAS HONOR AND OFFER.

James Callow comment: ALLUSION TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE
CN[ HARTWIG, WILLIAM 720390
C1[ 260 ALAMEDA
C2[ YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 44504
DNC[ 1,714
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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SPEECH ABOUT PLACES

THERE'S NO PLACE
LIKE THIS PLACE
ANYWHERE NEAR THIS PLACE,
SO THIS MUST BE THE PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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VERSE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

LISTEN, LISTEN, THE CAT'S PISSING.
WHERE? WHERE?
UNDER THE CHAIR.
RUN, RUN, GET YOUR GUN.
AWH SHIT, SHE'S ALL DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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BELIEF

IF A BIRD GETS INTO THE HOUSE, A DEATH WILL OCCUR IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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BELIEF

IF A DOG HOWLS, DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITON.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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BELIEF

OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE AND MISFORTUNE WILL OCCUR.

Submitter comment: FAMILY SUPERSTITION.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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BELIEF

KILL A SPIDER AND IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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Graffiti

Don't be embarrassed, even the president looks ridiculous in this position.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS ; LAVATORY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti

Hello to all my readers.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS ; LAVATORY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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