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MOCK PRAYER

O LORD, GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO
KEEP MY BIG MOUTH SHUT
WHEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT
THE HELL I'M TALKING ABOUT.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COLOR

FOR ALL OFFICIAL CEREMONIES (INDUCTION OF PLEDGES,
INITIATION OF NEW MEMBERS AND FOUNDER'S DAY)
THE MEMBERS OF SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA WEAR WHITE DRESSES.
THE WHITE IS TO SIGNIFY THEIR INNOCENCE AND PURITY.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

THE STREET O'CONNER, WHICH IS LOCATED IN ST. CLAIR SHORES,
MICHIGAN, IS SAID TO BE HAUNTED BY THE GHOST OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD
GIRL WHO WAS DRAGGED TO HER DEATH ON THE BUMPER OF A CAR.
THE DRIVER OF THE CAR HEARD A KNOCKING ON THE BACK OF THE
VEHICLE BUT WAS UNAWARE AT THE TIME WHAT IT WAS. THE GIRL'S
MOTHER CURSED THE STREET SO THAT EVERY TIME A CAR WENT PAST
THE STREET, THE PASSENGERS WOULD HEAR THE KNOCKING.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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FORD'S CURVE; DEAD MAN'S CURVE

ON LAKESHORE ROAD, BETWEEN 8 AND 9 MILE ROADS IN GROSSE POINTE
SHORES, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A CURVE IN THE ROAD KNOWN AS "FORD'S
CURVE." THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTED MANY ACCIDENTS FROM KIDS
DRAG RACING ON THIS STREET. BRIAN, AT 19, RECEIVED A 1966
CORVETTE STING RAY FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. ONE DAY, DRIVING DOWN
LAKESHORE, ANOTHER CORVETTE APPROACHED HIM; THEY DECIDED TO
"DRAG." THE BOY IN THE OTHER CAR DIDN'T MAKE IT AFTER REACHING
THE CURVE--HE DIED 3 HOURS LATER. BRIAN ALSO ENDED UP IN
CRITICAL CONDITION FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. AFTER THIS FATAL ACCIDENT
THE CURVE WAS NAMED "DEAD MAN'S CURVE."

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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GLORIA, GLORIA IN THE TUB,
GLORIA'S MOM FORGOT THE PLUG.
OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY SOUL,
THERE GOES GLORIA DOWN THE HOLE!

Submitter comment: ANY NAME CAN BE USED IN THIS VERSE.
SIGNED, CAROL SCHWARTZBACK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WHEN YOU GROW OLD AND LIVE IN A TREE,
SEND ME A COCONUT C.O.D.
(SIGNED) JOAN LITTLEY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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GERMAN SAYING

REDEN IST SILBER; SCHWEIGEN IST GOLD.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATION: TALK IS WORTH SILVER; SILENCE IS WORTH GOLD. THIS
SAYING WAS USED WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS LITTLE TO POLITELY TELL HIM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE SHORES

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1977 ; 00-00-1962

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Proverb

Love is Blind

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in a pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Original BN [V300] crossed out. replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): BLIND ; Emotions ; HEART ; LOVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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WHEN YOU ARE THE AGE OF 182,
DON'T BE A BABY AND GO COO-COO.
(SIGNED) MY SISTER, AUDRY SCHMIDT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND GROW OUT OF SHAPE,
REMEMBER THAT CORSETS ARE $5.98
(SIGNED) JENEEN WHITTENBURG

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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I (PICTURE OF AUTO) CRY
I (PICTURE OF AUTO) LAUGH
BECAUSE YOU WANT
MY (PICTURE OF AUTO) GRAPH.
(SIGNED) CAROL SCHWARTZBACK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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OMEN

IF YOU WALK INTO A FRIEND'S OR RELATIVE'S HOME AND IT'S DINNERTIME,
THAT MEANS THAT YOUR MOTHER_IN_LAW LOVES YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 15, HIS MOTHER
IS A LEBANESE-AMERICAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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D LIVER
D LETTER
D SOONER
D BETTER
(SIGNED) JOYCE ARNOLD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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NONE

A MAN HAD THREE SONS; ONE 16, ONE 17, AND ONE 18. ON THE
18 YEAR-OLDS' BIRTHDAY, THE MAN SENT HIS SON OUT TO FIND WORK.
THE SON FOUND WORK, BUT IN ORDER TO GET THERE, HE HAD TO GO UP
THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL AND UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL AND UP
THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL AND UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL.
ON HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, THE YOUNG MAN DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD
FORGOTTEN HIS LUNCH. SO HE RETURNED HOME TO GET IT. IN ORDER TO
GET HOME, HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.)
HE RETURNED HOME, GOT HIS LUNCH, AND RETURNED BACK TO WORK. IN
ORDER TO GET THERE, HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL,(ETC)
WHEN HE GOT BACK TO WORK, HE DISCOVERED THAT HE FORGOT SOMETHING
TO DRINK. SO HE HAD TO GO TO THE GAS STATION. IN ORDER TO GET THERE
HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.). WHEN HE GOT
THERE, HE BOUGHT A PEPSI. THEN HE RETURNED TO WORK. IN ORDER
TO GET THERE, H5 HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.)
AFTER WORK WAS OVER, THE YOUNG MAN RETURNED HOME. IN ORDER TO
GET THERE, HE HAD TO GO UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, (ETC.)
WHEN HE RETURNED HOME, HIS FATHER WANTED TO HEAR OF HIS SONS'
EXPERIENCES OF THE DAY.(THE SON TELLS ABOUT THE ENTIRE DAY.)
( THIS GOES ON FOR THREE SONS, EACH GOING TO THE PLACE OF WORK,
EACH FORGETTING THEIR LUNCHES, EACH HAVING TO RETURN HOME,
EACH GOING TO A GAS STATION AND GETTING A COKE, EACH RETURNING TO
WORK, EACH COMMING HOME AND TELLING THEIR FATHER OF THIER
EXPERIENCES, AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, EACH HAVING TO GO UP
THE HILL AND DOWN THE HILL, ETC.). THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS
TWO OUT OF THREE DRINK COKE.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song

Date learned: CA03001974

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NONE

FINGER PICKING WAS ORIGINATED IN AFRICA BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN
THE BANJO WAS FIRST INVENTED. AT THAT TIME THE ONLY BANJO THAT
EXISTED WAS THE FOUR-STRING BANJO. THE PERSON PLAYING WOULD PICK
THE TWO STRINGS NEAREST HIM WITH HIS THUMB IN AN ALTERNATING
FASHION. ON THE OTHER TWO STRINGS, HE WOULD PICK THE MELODY OF
THE PARTICULAR SONG THAT HE WAS PLAYING.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS

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

Date learned: CA03001974

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FLOWERS MAY WITHER
LEAVES MAY DIE
FRIENDS MAY FORSAKE YOU
BUT NOT I. (UNDERLINED)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; GROSSE POINTE ; BIRCH TREE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET AND SO ARE YOU.
(SIGNED) CAROL SCHWARTZBACK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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REMEMBER GRANT, REMEMBER LEE,
THE HELL WITH THEM, REMEMBER ME!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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IN A LITTLE WOODS,
IN A LITTLE TREE,
ARE CARVED THESE WORDS,
"REMEMBER ME!"

Submitter comment: FROM JULIE ORTWEIN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WHAT SHALL I WRITE
WHAT SHALL IT BE--
TWO LITTLE WORDS
"REMEMBER ME."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; GROSSE POINTE ; BIRCH TREE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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