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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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