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WHILE TRACING HIS INDEX FINGER ON MY WIFE'S PALM, THEN
PULLING AT HER FINGERS ONE-BY-ONE, HER GRANDFATHER WOULD
SAY:
MOLLY, MOLLY GRITZE
GEBT DAIN VAS
GEBT DAIN VAS
GEBT DAIN VAS
DEISEN SWEITZER KATZE RAUSE.
MOLLY, MOLLY, MOLLY GRITZIE;
GEDAMOUS, GEDAMOUS, GEDAMOUS, GEDAMOUS
THROW IT TO THE CATS'N-MOUSE'N-ROUSE'N.

Submitter comment: MY WIFE TOLD IT TO OUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY WERE INFANTS, BUT SAID IT AS HER MIND, AS A CHILD, TRANSLATED IT: WE'RE NOT SURE OF THE GERMAN OR ITS REAL MEANING.

Where learned: GERMAN ; GRANDFATHER

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

Date learned: 00001950'S

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Fisherman's Luck

When the wind is from the east, fish bite least.
When the wind is from the west, fish bite best.
When the wind is from the north, fish come forth.
When the wind is from the south, bait blows into fish's
mouth.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio, nos. 24602-24610; Hand, North Carolina,
nos. 7755-7766.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; from Grandfather

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado

Date learned: 00001960S

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LUCK BELIEF

IF YOU SEE THE FIRST STAR OUT AT NIGHT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD BY ; FATHER

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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Piddiddle

A piddiddle, as identified by teens in the 1930's in New
Jersey was an automobile with a burned out head lamp. If a teen
girl or boy were out on a date and saw a "piddiddle" and was the
first to shout it out, he or she could ask for a kiss or could
announce that his or her "piddiddle" would cancel their mate's next
piddiddle -- meaning, if he or she announced that he/she wanted a
kiss on the next "piddiddle", the one who canceled it with the
prior sighting did not have to kiss him or her.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; FATHER

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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Proverb

So many heads, So many opinions.

Submitter comment:

Italian Proverb

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classficiation.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; ETHNIC ; HEAD ; Italian ; Maxim ; Opinion ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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There Was an Old Lady

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider.
It wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
How absurd to swallow a bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
Etc.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that! She swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
How absurd to swallow a bird.
Etc.

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
What a hog to swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
Imagine that! She swallowed  a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
Etc.

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat.
How remote to swallow a goat.
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog.
What a hog to swallow a dog!
Etc.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat.
How remote to swallow a goat.
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog.
What a hog to swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
Imagine that! She swallowed  a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
How absurd to swallow a bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't iknow why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse.
She died, of course.



 

Submitter comment:

Learned this song from his father.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; from father

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

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The Prettiest Girl

The prettiest girl, (repeat)
I ever did saw, (repeat)
Was sippin' cider through a stra-a-a-a-aw.

I asked her if, (repeat)
She'd teach me how, (repeat)
To sip some cider through a stra-a-a-a-aw.

The straw did slip, (repeat)
I kissed her lips, (repeat)
While sippin' cider through a stra-a-a-a-aw.

And now I've got, (repeat)
A mother-in-law (repeat)
From sippin' cider through a stra-a-a-a-aw.

And fourteen kids, (repeat)
All call me "Pa" (repeat)
From sippin' cider through a stra-a-a-a-aw.

The moral of, (repeat)
This sad, sad tale, (repeat)
Is: Sip your cider from a PAIL!

 

Submitter comment:

Learned this song from my father. It is meant to be sung by one "leader" and a chorus.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; from father

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

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