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QUESTION:
WHAT'S YOUR NAME?
ANSWER:
PUDDIN TAME ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME.

Where learned: San Francisco ; PORPOISE BOOKSHOP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

NEEDLES AND PINS,/ NEEDLES AND PINS,/ WHEN YOU GET OLDER,/ YOUR
TROUBLE BEGINS. P.S. DON'T COME TO ME.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): LOSS OF YOUTH ; REPETITION ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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REMEMBER THIS DOT (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

REMEMBER THIS DOT..../ REMEMBER THIS BLOT... /FORGET ME NOT.

Data entry tech comment: THE PERIODS ENDING LINE TWO ARE FOLLOWED WITH A BLOT

Where learned: WRITTEN IN YEARBOOK

Keyword(s): RHYME: AAA ; TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Forget me not

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,/ AND ON EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,/ IN THE ANNALS OF GOD.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): DEATH HEAVEN ; METONYMY: NAME ; RELIGION QUATRAIN ; RHYME ABCB ; SALVATION

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

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UNDERTAKER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE
MY FATHER IS AN UNDERTAKER/ AND HE'LL GET YOU.

Where learned: SCRAPBOOK

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PLANTS FLOWERS ; QUATRAIN DEATH ; RHYME: ABCB

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

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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IF YOU FIND A FELLOW GOOD AND TRUE,/ HANG TO HIS COAT TAIL AND
STICK LIKE GLUE./ BUT IF YOU FIND YOUR HOLD MUST SLIP,/ GRAB
ANOTHER AND LET HIM RIP. MARTHA BORGMANN

Submitter comment: RECOPIED FROM AN OLDER AUTOGRAPH BOOK DATING AROUND 1850.
THE SELECTIONS FROM THE OLDER BOOK WERE ALSO COLLECTED IN INDIANA.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; INDIANA ; BROOKVILLE

Keyword(s): ADVICE QUATRAIN ; RHYME: AABB

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

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IF YOU SPAT ON EACH GRAIN OF CORN THAT WAS PLANTED, THE CORN
WOULD GROW TALL AND BEAR WELL.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; THE NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY ; PAGE 82

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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IF I COVERED A MIRROR WHEN A STORM WAS RAGING, THE LIGHTNING
WOULD NOT STRIKE ME.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; THE NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY ; PAGE 82

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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GOLDEN GATES TO HEAVEN
GOLDEN GATES TO HELL
DARN THE BOY WHO KISSES YOU
RUNS OFF AND TELLS.

Data entry tech comment: THE LAST LINE WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE IT IT WOULD READ :"THAT ;

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COURTSHIP ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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IF A MAN CONFESSED ANYTHING ON HIS DEATHBED, IT WAS THE
TRUTH; FOR NO MAN COULD STARE DEATH IN THE FACE AND LIE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; THE NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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I WANT A BEER

I WANT A BEER, JUST LIKE THE BEER
THAT PICKLED DEAR OLD DAD.
IT WAS A BEER, AND THE ONLY BEER
THAT DADDY EVER HAD.
A GOOD OLD FASHIONED BEER WITH LOTS OF FOAM,
IT TOOK TEN MEN TO CARRY DADDY HOME.
OH I WANT A BEER, JUST LIKE THE BEER
THAT PICKLED DEAR OLD DAD.

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Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: FRATERNITY SONGBOOK

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS

THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS HAS DYED HER HAIR,
AND NOW IT'S FIERY RED.
SHE DRINKS, SHE SMOKES, AND SHE TELLS DIRTY JOKES,
SHE HASN'T A BRAIN IN HER HEAD.
THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS IS A CIGARETTE FIEND,
SHE DRINKS MORE BOOZE THAN I,
BUT THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS AIN'T AS DUMB AS SHE SEEMS,
SHE'S THE SWEETHEART OF SIX OTHER GUYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: FRATERNITY SONGBOOK

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DRUNKARDS ODE

HOW WELL DO I REMEMBER,
'TWAS IN THE LATE NOVEMBER,
I WAS WALKING DOWN THE STREET QUITE FULL OF PRIDE,
MY HEART WAS ALL A-FLUTTER
AS I SLIPPED DOWN IN THE GUTTER,
AND A PIG CAME THERE AND LAID DOWN BY MY SIDE;
AND AS I LAY THERE IN THE GUTTER
ALL TOO SOUSED TO EVEN MUTTER,
A LADY PASSING BY WAS HEARD TO SAY:
ONE MAY TELL A BRUTE THAT BOOZES,
BY THE COMPANY HE CHOOSES.
HEARING THIS THE PIG GOT UP AND WALKED AWAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: FRATERNITY SONGBOOK

Keyword(s): PROBABLY A DRINKING SONG

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS THE AMISH CUSTOM FOR ONLY THE MEN AND THE
ELDERS TO ATTEND SUNDAY SERVICES, WHICH ARE HELD IN THE
DEACONS' HOMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOOK BUILDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CATHERINE, CATHERINE, IN THE TUB
YOUR MOTHER FORGOT TO PULL THE PLUG
OH MY GOSH OH MY SOUL
THERE GOES CATHERINE DOWN THE HOLE.

Submitter comment: YOU CAN USE ANY NAME IN PLACE OF CATHERINE.

Data entry tech comment: LINES HAVE BEEN DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME ; NARRATIVE VERSE VOCABULARY GAME ; RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: ABCC

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; CYNICAL INSIGHT (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

NEEDLES AND PINS,/ NEEDLES AND PINS,/ WHEN YOU GET OLDER,/ YOUR
TROUBLE BEGINS. P.S. DON'T COME TO ME.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): LOSS OF YOUTH ; REPETITION ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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REMEMBER THIS DOT (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; FORGET ME NOT (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

REMEMBER THIS DOT..../ REMEMBER THIS BLOT... /FORGET ME NOT.

Data entry tech comment: THE PERIODS ENDING LINE TWO ARE FOLLOWED WITH A BLOT

Where learned: WRITTEN IN YEARBOOK

Keyword(s): RHYME: AAA ; TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Forget me not

Date learned: 06-00-1966

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; PIOUS REFLECTION (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,/ AND ON EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,/ IN THE ANNALS OF GOD.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): DEATH HEAVEN ; METONYMY: NAME ; RELIGION QUATRAIN ; RHYME ABCB ; SALVATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1943

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UNDERTAKER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; ROSES ARE RED, AND OTHER SUCH ASSOCIATIONS (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE
MY FATHER IS AN UNDERTAKER/ AND HE'LL GET YOU.

Where learned: SCRAPBOOK

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PLANTS FLOWERS ; QUATRAIN DEATH ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 06-00-1965

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