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Verse with Music

I DON'T GO OUT WITH GIRLS ANY MORE.
I DON'T INTEND TO MARRY.
I JUST GO OUT WITH THE BOYS I ADORE
WHEE, I'M A FAIRY!

Submitter comment:

SUNG TO "POP GOES THE WEASEL."
(MALE VERSION)

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO SLOW,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO FAST,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, SLIP ON THE GRASS.

Submitter comment: GAME: GO AROUND IN A CIRCLE, HOLDING HANDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

2 GOOD, 2, 4 FORGET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

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

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ME ALL FACE

ON A COLD WINTER DAY AN INDIAN AND A WHITE MAN WERE WALKING ALONG
TOGETHER. THE INDIAN HAD ONLY A BLANKET ON WHILE THE WHITE MAN
WAS ALL BUNDLED UP WITH CLOTHES. THE WHITE MAN COMPLAINING SAID
TO THE INDIAN, "I AM COLD WITH ALL MY CLOTHES AND YOU, WITH ONLY
A THIN BLANKET, DO NOT SEEM TO BE COLD AT ALL."
"IS YOUR FACE COLD?" THE INDIAN ASKED.
"MY FACE IS NOT COLD, BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IS FREEZING."
"ME ALL FACE," SAID THE INDIAN.

Submitter comment: SEE JAF LXXVI(1963), 340-342 AND LXXVII(1964),258.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A RABBIT MAKES ITS HOME ON ONE'S PROPERTY,
THE WOMEN OF THE HOUSEHOLD ARE SURE TO RAISE LARGE
FAMILIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-22-1971

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WELCH SUPERSTITION (WELSH)

A DEAD OR DROWNED SPARROW FOUND ON ONE'S PROPERTY
DENOTES DEATH TO A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY LIVING THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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IF A BAT FLIES IN YOUR WINDOW, IT DENOTES A
TRAGEDY COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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'A SPINNERIN AM MORGEN BRINGT SORGEN'. A SPIDER SPINNING A WEB IN
THE MORNING BRINGS SORROW.. AUSTRIAN SAYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

A PERFECT WIFE IS ONE WHO DOESN'T EXPECT A PERFECT HUSBAND

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN A RESTAURANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; TOLERANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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SOME CATHOLIC FAMILIES, MAINLY THOSE OF EASTERN-EUROPEAN BACKGROUNDS,
COVER THE FAMILY CRUCIFIX WITH A BLACK CLOTH ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 11-21-1971

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EASTER CUSTOM (POLISH)

DIFFERENT FOODS: BREAD, CAKE, COLORED EGGS, HAM, SALT, PEPPER, ETC.
ARE PLACED IN A BASKET AND TAKEN TO THE CHURCH ON THE SATURDAY BEFORE
EASTER WHERE THEY ARE BLESSED BY A PRIEST. THEY ARE THEN PLACED ON
THE TABLE ON EASTER WITH THE OTHER FOOD. ( THIS ) CUSTOM ORIGINATED
IN SMALL VILLAGES WHERE THE PRIEST USED TO VISIT THE HOUSES OF THE
PARISHIONERS ON EASTER TO BLESS THE TABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SWIECZONKA

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IF YOU DROP A PIECE OF YOUR BREAD IN THE FONDUE DISH WHILE
VISITING SWITZERLAND, YOU WILL RETURN ONE DAY TO THE SAME SPOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation

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RIME

IVORY SOAP,
SEE IT FLOAT
DOWN THE RIVER
LIKE A BOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE ; RHYME: ABA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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PLAYS CARDS WITH DEVIL

ABOUT FIVE OR SIX GENERATIONS AGO IN IRELAND, A GREAT GRANDFATHER
OF THE ROBINSON CLAN, WAS MOST KNOWN FOR HIS LOVE OF GAMBLING
WITH CARDS. ONE DAY ON SOME BACK IRISH ROAD, OUR GREAT-GREAT
(SEVERAL MORE GREATS) GRANDFATHER MET A STRANGER SITTING ON THE
STILE. IMMEDIATELY GRANDFATHER INVITED THE STRANGER TO A GAME OF
CARDS. THE STRANGER ACCEPTED AND THE TWO BEGAN TO PLAY. THE
STRANGER REPEATEDLY WON HAND AFTER HAND UNTIL OUR ANCESTOR WAS
OUT OF MONEY. THE STRANGER SEEING THIS OFFERED TO MAKE ONE FINAL
WAGER; ALL THE MONEY AGAINST GRANDFATHER'S SOUL. THE WAGER SO
SHOOK HIM THAT HE DROPPED HIS CARDS TO THE GROUND. UPON BENDING TO
PICK THEM UP HE SAW THAT THE STRANGER HAD CLOVEN HOOVES. NOW, I'M
SURE YE ARE THE DEVIL, HE SAID, AND WITH THAT HE MADE A SOLEMN OATH
NEVER TO GAMBLE AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOM FOR CHILDREN

IN MEXICO DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, A PINADA IS FILLED WITH
CANDY AND IS BROKE OPEN DURING SOME PARTY. USUALLY CHILDREN ARE THE
ONES WHO TAKE PART IN THIS FESTIVITY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

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RUSSIAN WEDDING CUSTOM

WHEN A BRIDE AND GROOM ARE MARRIED EITHER A DOLL OR A BEAR IS PLACED
ON THEIR CAR. THIS SIGNIFIES WHAT THEY WANT THEIR FIRST CHILD TO BE.
A DOLL IS A GIRL AND A BEAR IS A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLS

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

Date learned: CA0001969

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NEW YEAR'S SUPERSTITION

GREEK NEW YEAR'S BREAD HAS A COIN IN IT AND WHOMEVER GETS IT WILL
HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: CA0001970

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RAILROAD SUPERSTITION

WHENEVER YOU ARE CROSSING A RAILROAD. LIFT YOUR FEET AND HANDS IN
THE AIR . THIS WILL BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: CA0001970

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DEATH SUPERSTITION

WHEN A PICTURE FALLS OFF THE WALL, IT MEANS THERE HAS BEEN A DEATH
IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA0001980

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GOLF SUPERSTITION

WHEN A GOLFER MARKS HIS BALL ON THE GREEN WITH A COIN, SOME PREFER
HEADS UP. THIS IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: CA0001980

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