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ITALIAN RHYME (ITALIAN ASSUMED)

MISELLA, MISELLA
METTI IL PANE ALLA CAVUTELLA
VIENE IL CATTO SE LO MANGIA
VIENE IL SORGIO NON LO TROVA
FRUSH, FRUSH, FRUSH.
KITTY, KITTY
PUT THE BREAD IN THE LITTLE HOLE
IF THE CAT EATS IT, THEN
THE MOUSE WON'T FIND IT,
SCAT, SCAT, SCAT.

Submitter comment: THIS POEM IS A PLAY RHYME THAT MOTHERS WILL USE WHEN
PLAYING WITH SMALL BABIES. THE MOTHER WILL SLOWLY AND
RHYTHMICALLY RUB HER HANDS UP AND DOWN ON THE BABY'S
FACE WHEN SHE IS RECITING THE VERSE AND THEN WILL PAT
THE BABY'S FACE VERY QUICKLY AND LIGHTLY WHEN SHE
COMES TO THE LINE: "FRUSH, FRUSH, FRUSH."

Where learned: BIRTHDAY PARTY AT HER HOME

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

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IF YOU SAY THREE HAIL MARYS EVERY DAY
THEN YOU WILL NEVER BE MOLESTED BY A MAN,
NOR WILL YOU EVER COMMIT AN IMMORAL ACT BEFORE YOU MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HER HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-09-1969

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NOT GIVEN

THERE WAS A MAN WHO WAS INSANE AND KILLED HIS WIFE AND AFTER HE
KILLED HER HE WAS FULL OF REMORSE. HE DIDN'T REALIZE THAT HE WAS
THE MURDERER AND IT IS SAID THAT HE TAKES HIS LANTERN IN THE
EVENING, AND GOES TO LOOK FOR HER BODY. IF YOU DRIVE OVER THAT
BRIDGE ON THE FAR EAST SIDE AND STOP, YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE THE
LIGHT COME AND GO UNDER THE BRIDGE AND AS IT GOES UNDER THE
BRIDGE, IT SHAKES IT. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE MAN DOING IT.

Submitter comment: JEAN AND I HAVE BOTH GONE TO THIS PLACE BUT DO NOT RECALL THE NAME
OF THE STREET AND ALL OF THE MYSTERIOUS THINGS DO HAPPEN BUT
THE EXPLANATION IS THAT IT IS THE SWAMP GAS AND WHEN IT SETTLES
UNDERNEATH THE BRIDGE IS WHAT CAUSES IT TO TREMBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): GHOST

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

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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NUMBER SEVEN (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

THE WOMAN WHOSE PRESENT IS THE SEVENTH ONE OPENED AT A BABY SHOWER
WILL BE THE NEXT PERSON TO HAVE A BABY.

Where learned: TOLD AT HER HOME

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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LITTLE GIRL

I KNEW A LITTLE GIRL,/WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL,/RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF
HER FOREHEAD./ AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD/ SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD.
AND WHEN SHE WAS BAD SHE WAS HORRID.

Where learned: SARAH FISHER HOME

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

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH.

Submitter comment: BLASON POPULAIRE AGAINST CATHOLICS}

Data entry tech comment: ALTHOUGH THIS IS IDENTIFIED BY THE COLLECTOR AS A BLASON POPULAIRE
AGAINST CATHOLICS, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE OBJECT OF THE PROVERB IS
MORE PROBABLY BELIEVERS IN GOD IN GENERAL, AND THEN ONLY IF "IN GOD
WE TRUST" IS SAID MOCKINGLY OR SARCASTICALLY.

Where learned: SARAH FISHER HOME FOR CHILDREN

Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CREDIT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF SOME ONE GIVES YOU BABY ARTICLES AS SOON AS YOU
KNOW YOU ARE PREGNANT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): IMPLIED WARNING ; MISFORTUNE

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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TRAVEL PROVERB

WHEREVER YOU GO,
THERE YOU ARE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SARAH FISHER HOME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 06-00-1969

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TRAVEL

IF I WASN'T HERE, I'D THINK I WAS SOMEPLACE ELSE.

Submitter comment: JUST TO PASS THE TIME; SAID WHEN BORED.

Where learned: SARAH FISHER HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 06-00-1969

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NAMING

ITALIANS AND GREEKS WILL NEVER NAME ANY BOY-CHILD AFTER HIS FATHER
BECAUSE SUCH A NAMING INSURES BAD LUCK OR SOMETHING FATAL HAPPENING
TO THE BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HER HOME

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE AN ACHE IN EITHER ELBOW THAT MEANS THAT
IT WILL RAIN TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT GOT THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; HER HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN,
JOHNNY OVER THE SEA,
JOHNNY BROKE THE MILK BOTTLE,
AND BLAMED IT ON ME.

I TOLD MA,
MA TOLD PA,
JOHNNY GOT A LICK'N. HA, HA, HA.
HOW MANY LICK'NS DID HE RECEIVE?

Submitter comment:

LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS AND PLAYMATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; COLLECTED AT HER HOME ; Berkley

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 10-21-1967

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A MAN TOO GOOD FOR THE WORLD IS TOO GOOD FOR HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK ; TOLD AT HER HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-25-1971

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THE ROSARY

MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD GIVE EACH GRANDCHILD A ROSARY
SOME TIME DURING THE VERY EARLY PART OF THEIR LIFE.
THIS ROSARY IS TO BE HUNG FROM THE BED.
IN THIS WAY, THE ROSARY WILL GIVE PROTECTION
AGAINST THE DEVIL.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 03-22-1970

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IRISH TOAST

HEALTH AND LONG LIFE TO YOU
LAND WITHOUT RENT TO YOU
A CHILD EVERY YEAR TO YOU
AND MAY YOU DIE IN IRELAND.

Submitter comment: ATTITUDE: TRUSTING

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): DRINKING BLESSING WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; IDEAL BIRTHDAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 01-15-1972

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SONG

DID YOU EVER GO FISHING ON A BRIGHT SUNDAY?
SIT ON THE DOCK AND FISH ALL DAY,
WITH YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS
AND YOUR POCKETS IN YOUR PANTS,
WATCH THOSE FISHES DO THE HULA HULA DANCE.

Submitter comment: ( SUNG TO THE TUNE OF ANY SQUARE DANCE )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; GENE ; TOLD AT HER HOME TO HER SON

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

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Jump Rope Rhyme

Jack and Mary sitting in a tree

K I S S I N G

Frist comes love then comes marriage

Than comes Mary with a  baby carriage.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: At her home.

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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Jump Rope Song

Its raining,

Its pouring,

The old man is snoring.

Where learned: At her home.

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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Fifty Cents

I asked my mother for fifty cents

To see the elephant jump the fence.

He jumped so high, he touched the sky.

And didn't come back til the fourth of July.

Where learned: At her home.

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; Jump ; Plain

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

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Johnny

Johnny over the ocean.

Johnny over the sea.

Johnny broke the milk bottle .

And blamed it onto me.

I told ma,  ma told pa.

Johnny got a lickin.

Ha,ha, ha!

Where learned: At her home.

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; Jump ; Plain

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

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