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VERSE

BE NOT THE FIRST BY WHOM THE NEW IS TRIED
NOR THE LAST TO SET THE OLD ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 11-09-1969

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I SHOULD WORRY, I SHOULD CARE,
I SHOULD MARRY A MILLIONAIRE.
HE SHOULD DIE, I SHOULD CRY,
I SHOULD MARRY ANOTHER GUY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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"WAY DOWN YONDER IN THE PAWPAW PATCH"

Where oh where is dear little _______?
Where oh where is dear little _______?
Where oh where is dear little _______?
Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch! MM
Come on girls (boys), let's go find him.
Come on girls (boys), let's go find him.
Come on girls (boys), let's go find him.
Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch. MM
Pickin' up pawpaws, put 'em in your pocket.
Pickin' up pawpaws, put 'em in your pocket.
Pickin' up pawpaws, put 'em in your pocket.
Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.

Submitter comment: The blank lines in the first stanza are to be filled in
with the name of the person (usually a child) to whom you
are singing. This is reported to be an old southern song
which Carmen learned when she moved from New York to
Kentucky. Also, the sex of the girls/boys referred to
in the second stanza should be adjusted so that it is the
opposite of the person being sung to (i.e. girls find boys,
boys find girls). "Pawpaws" (sometimes spelled papaws) is
a colloquial term for "papaya."

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK,
HIS TRUNK WAS PACKED FOR JERUSALEM.
THE WIND BLEW ALL AROUND HIS FACE,
HIS NAME WAS AL METHUSALEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PUN BIBLICAL CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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(NAME) IS A POET AND DON'T KNOW IT,
HIS FEET SHOW IT; THEY'RE LONGFELLOWS.
HE'S GETTING WHITTIER AND WHITTIER EVERY DAY,
THE LITTLE DICKINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): PUNS

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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THROWIN RICE AT A WEDDING IS A SIGN OF THE COUPLE TO BE FRUITFUL
AND HAVE A LOT OF CHILDREN

Submitter comment: SYMBOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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SLEEPY HOLLOW STORY (THE HOOK)

ONE NIGHT A YOUNG COUPLE STOPPED AT SLEEPY HOLLOW TO MAKE OUT.
AFTER A FEW HOURS, THEY WENT HOME. WHEN THE BOY CAME BACK TO THE
CAR AFTER SEEING HIS GIRL TO THE DOOR, HE NOTICED AN IRON HOOK,
THE KIND AN ARMLESS MAN WOULD USE, ON THE DOOR HANDLE ON THE
PASSENGER'S SIDE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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WHAT'S BLUE AND GOES AROUND THE HOUSE?
GRASS. I LIED ABOUT THE COLOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-16-1969

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YOU CAN'T SWIM IN A POOLROOM.

James Callow comment: LIKE YOU CAN'T BOUNCE A MEATBALL, SAYS COLLECTOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

James Callow Keyword(s): AMBITION? ; JOKE? ; WORK?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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DEFINITION OF VICE VERSA: DIRTY POETRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-16-1969

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

ONE BRIGHT MORNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED ONE ANOTHER
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME TO ARREST THOSE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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ONE TIME A YOUNG MAN WENT TO AN EVENING MASS AND FELL
ASLEEP DURING THE SERMON. HE SLEPT THROUGH THE REST
OF THE MASS AND WHEN HE FAINLLY AWOKE, IT WAS LATE AT
NIGHT AND HE HAD BEEN LOCKED IN BY THE SEXTON WHO DID
NOT SEE HIM ASLEEP IN THE PEW. HE TRIED THE DOORS.
JUST THEN, THE CLOCK STRUCK TWELVE, AND WHEN HE TURNED
AROUND, HE SAW A PRIEST AT THE ALTAR WHO WAS BEGINNING
TO SAY MASS.
SINCE THIS YOUNG MAN WAS AN ALTAR BOY, HE WENT UP AND
SERVED MASS. WHEN MASS WAS OVER, HE ASKED THE PRIEST
WHY HE WAS SAYING MASS SO LATE AT NIGHT. THE PRIEST SAID
THAT HE HAD ACCEPTED OFFERINGS FOR MASSES WHEN HE WAS
ALIVE, BUT THAT HE DIED WITHOUT HAVING A CHANCE TO SAY
ALL OF THE MASSES THAT HE PROMISED. HE SAID THAT HE HAD
TO REMAIN IN PURGATORY UNTIL HE SAID ALL OF THE MASSES
THAT HE PROMISED, AND THAT HE WAS EVEN NOW IN PURGATORY.
WHEN THE BOY SAID THAT IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE HE WAS ON
FIRE, THE PRIEST PLACED HIS HAND ON THE WALL. WHEN HE
REMOVED HIS HAND, A BLACK IMPRINT OF HIS HAND WAS BURNED
INTO THE WALL. THEN THE PRIEST VANISHED.
THE BLACK PRINT OF THE PRIEST'S HAND REMAINS ON THE
CHURCH WALL TO THIS DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY 7TH GRADE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-07-1969

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

ONE BRIGHT MORNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED ONE ANOTHER
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME TO ARREST THOSE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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ONE TIME A YOUNG MAN WENT TO AN EVENING MASS AND FELL
ASLEEP DURING THE SERMON. HE SLEPT THROUGH THE REST
OF THE MASS AND WHEN HE FAINLLY AWOKE, IT WAS LATE AT
NIGHT AND HE HAD BEEN LOCKED IN BY THE SEXTON WHO DID
NOT SEE HIM ASLEEP IN THE PEW. HE TRIED THE DOORS.
JUST THEN, THE CLOCK STRUCK TWELVE, AND WHEN HE TURNED
AROUND, HE SAW A PRIEST AT THE ALTAR WHO WAS BEGINNING
TO SAY MASS.
SINCE THIS YOUNG MAN WAS AN ALTAR BOY, HE WENT UP AND
SERVED MASS. WHEN MASS WAS OVER, HE ASKED THE PRIEST
WHY HE WAS SAYING MASS SO LATE AT NIGHT. THE PRIEST SAID
THAT HE HAD ACCEPTED OFFERINGS FOR MASSES WHEN HE WAS
ALIVE, BUT THAT HE DIED WITHOUT HAVING A CHANCE TO SAY
ALL OF THE MASSES THAT HE PROMISED. HE SAID THAT HE HAD
TO REMAIN IN PURGATORY UNTIL HE SAID ALL OF THE MASSES
THAT HE PROMISED, AND THAT HE WAS EVEN NOW IN PURGATORY.
WHEN THE BOY SAID THAT IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE HE WAS ON
FIRE, THE PRIEST PLACED HIS HAND ON THE WALL. WHEN HE
REMOVED HIS HAND, A BLACK IMPRINT OF HIS HAND WAS BURNED
INTO THE WALL. THEN THE PRIEST VANISHED.
THE BLACK PRINT OF THE PRIEST'S HAND REMAINS ON THE
CHURCH WALL TO THIS DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY 7TH GRADE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-07-1969

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KICK THE CAN

EVERYONE HIDES BUT THE PERSON WHO IS "IT." THE
PERSON WHO IS "IT" LOOKS FOR THE OTHERS AND MUST
KICK THE CAN BEFORE THE PERSON WHO HE FINDS KICKS
IT. THE FIRST PERSON CAUGHT IS "IT" FOR THE NEXT
GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 10-09-1969

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IF ONE URINATES AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, ONE
WILL ACQUIRE A STY UPON ONE'S EYE WITHIN ONE WEEK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER, LIVE ACROSS THE STREET
TWO FIFTEEN EIGHTEEN BROADWAY STREET
EVERY NIGHT THEY HAD A FIGHT AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID:
ICKA BICKA SODACRACKER, ICKA BICKA BOO
ICKA BICKA SODACRACKER, OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RHYME FOR DESIGNATING WHO IS IT IN A GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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EENY, MEENY, SLIPERY DIG,
DEELIA, DOLIA, DOMINIG,
HOCHIE, POCHIE, DOMINOCHIE,
CHI CHA CHOO
IGGLY BIGGLY BOO
AND OUT GOES YOU
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RHYME FOR DESIGNATING WHO IS "IT" IN A GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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GAME VERSE

WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK, A PERSON COUNTS TO 100 AND
THEN CHANTS:
APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PI,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER I.

Submitter comment: IF A PERSON IS NOT HIDDEN YET, HE YELLS "I" AND THE PERSON
WHO IS IT HAS TO COUNT OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

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