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Wait'll Martin Comes

A man decided to spend the night in a haunted house on a
dare. He was reading and all of a sudden he saw two cats
come in. One asked the other "What'll we do with im?"
The other says "Wait'll Martin comes."
Soon another cat came in, one bigger than the first two.
He asked the other two "What'll we do with im?"
The others say, "Wait'll Martin comes."
The man is scared but keeps his calm.
Soon however, a great big black cat comes strolling in.
He asks the other three cats, "What'll we do with im?"
The others say "Wait'll Martin comes."
The man runs out the door saying,
"Tell Martin I couldn't wait!"

Submitter comment: I learned this while we were camping with my cousins
telling ghost stories

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; Hampton

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: OOOO1970s

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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
OVER THE HILLS AND EVERYWHERE.
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,
THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN.
T'WAS IN A LOWLY MANGER,
THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN;
THE LORD SENT DOWN AN ANGEL,
THAT BRIGHT AND GLORIOUS MORN.

WHEN I WAS A SINNER,
I PRAYED BOTH NIGHT AND DAY;
I ASKED THE LORD TO HELP ME,
AND HE SHOWED ME THE WAY.

WHEN I WAS A SEEKER,
I SOUGHT BOTH NIGHT AND DAY;
I ASKED THE LORD TO HELP ME,
AND HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO PRAY.

HE MADE ME A WATCHMAN,
UPON THE CITY WALL;
AND IF I AM A CHRISTIAN
I AM THE LEAST OF ALL.

Submitter comment: NEGRO SPIRITUAL SHE
LEARNED AT CHURCH WHEN
SHE WAS ABOUT 5 YRS. OLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; HAMPTON PLAYGROUND

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

Date learned: 07-22-1964

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LAKES BELIEF

SOME PEOPLE HOLD THAT THERE IS A SUBTERRANEAN CONNECTION BETWEEN
LAKE HURON AND HIGGINS LAKE. THIS BELIEF IS EXEMPLIFIED BY AN
INDIAN TALE OF AN INDIAN WHO WAS DROWNED DURING A STORM ON HIGGINS
LAKE, BUT WHOSE CANOE WAS FOUND ADRIFT ON LAKE HURON.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; Higgins Lake ; INDIAN ; Lake ; Lake Huron ; Lakes ; Legend ; Subterranean

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Small body.

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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Hush, Little Baby

Hush little baby don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a mocking bird.

If that mocking bird won't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat won't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won't bark,
Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
You'll still be the cutest baby in town.

 

 

Submitter comment:

Origin: informant's father, John.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; HAMPTON PLAYGROUND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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