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TAUNT

I SEE LONDON,
I SEE FRANCE,
I SEE (NAME OF PERSON)'S UNDERPANTS.

Where learned: OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): HUMOR TAUNT REPETITION ; PLACE NAMES IMPROPRIETY ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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WHO STOLE THE COOKIES?

(A NUMBER--1, 2, 3, ETC.) STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR.
ACCUSED: WHO, ME? ACCUSOR: YES, YOU! ACCUSED: COULDN'T BE!
ANOTHER PERSON: (NUMBER--SOME OTHER NUMBER THAN BEFORE)
STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR.
ACCUSED: WHO, ME? (ETC.)

Submitter comment: ALL PERSONS HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED NUMBERS, AND THE GAME BEGINS
WITH SOMEONE ACCUSING ANYONE ELSE.

James Callow comment: TO DETERMINE WHO'S IT? COLLECTOR: NO

Where learned: OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

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

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Butter

Someone picks a yellow dandelion flower and places it under
someone's chin. If their chin showed yellow, they liked butter; if
it did not, they did not like butter. After this was established,
the head of the dandelion was popped off into the person's face.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; Neighborhood children

James Callow Keyword(s): DIVINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001950S

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Marco Polo

Game. The game called "Marco Polo" may only be played in a
swimming pool or lake. There can be as few as two participants or
as many as you wish. There is one person designated as "it." This
person must turn and spin under water and emerge above water with
eyes closed. The purpose of this act is to disorient the "it"
person and allow the other participants to seek new spots in the
water. "It" begins shouting "Marco" with the participants
answering, "Polo." The "it" person listens for voices close by and
begins waving his/her arms and moving about trying to seek one of
the participants. All the time "it" is shouting "Marco" and
receiving answers of "Polo." This continues until "it" touches one
of the participants, who then becomes "it." Should one of the
participants ever leave the water, all other participants are to
report this by shouting, "Fish out of water." Should there be a
fish out of water, he/she automatically becomes "it."

Submitter comment: I inquired as to why anyone would leave the water to become a
"fish out of water" and was informed that it was generally because
the "it" person was very close to tagging them, or they had to go
to the bathroom.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; Neighborhood children

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00001970S

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT DOWNTOWN,/ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN,/
DAGWOOD BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES, / AND COOKIE BOUGHT THE DAILY NEWS/
AND THIS IS WHAT IT SAID- "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND COUNT TILL TEN,/
IF YOU MISS, YOU TAKE THE END."

Where learned: NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN SAT ON A FENCE
TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR OUT OF FIFTEEN
CENTS.

Where learned: NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Jump Rope Rhymes

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT UPTOWN TO MEET HER FELLOW.
HOW MANY KISSES DID HE GIVE HER?
(COUNT UNTIL THERE IS A MISS)

 

Submitter comment:

Learned in neighborhood.

 

Data entry tech comment:


 

Where learned: NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER

MY MOTHER YOUR MOTHER LIVES ACROSS THE STREET
1819 BROADWAY STREET
EVERYNIGHT THEY HAVE A FIGHT AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY
ACKRA BACKRA SODA CRACKER, ACKRA, BACKRA BOO
ACKRA BACKRA SODA CRACKER OUT GOES YOU}

Submitter comment: I WOULD USE THIS JUMP ROPE RHYME WHEN I TOLLD JUMP ROPE IN THE
1950'S9

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN ; NEIGHBORHOOD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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ROPE SKIPPING RHYME

MARGIE HAD A BABY, NAMED IT TINY TIM,
PUT IT IN THE BATHTUB TO TEACH IT HOW TO SWIM.
THE BABY DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A CAKE OF SOAP,
MARGIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, BEFORE THE BABY CHOKED.
IN CAME THE DOCTOR, IN CAME THE NURSE,
IN CAME THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
DEAD SAID THE DOCTOR, DEAD SAID THE NURSE,
DEAD SAID THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
OUT WENT THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

 

Submitter comment:

LEARNED IN SUMMER OF 1964 FROM THE CHILDREN OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; Neighborhood children

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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Rope Skipping Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS A FELLOW
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
(COUNT UNTIL PERSON MISSES)

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; Neighborhood children

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: SUMMER 00001964

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Rope Skipping Rhyme

I had a little teddy bear, his name was Tiny Tim

I put him the the bathtub to teach him how to swim

He drank up all the water, he ate up the soap

Hed died last night with a bubble in his throat

I called the doctor, I called the nurse,

I called the up the laday with the alligator purse.

Pencillin called the doctor, penicillin said the nurse,

Pencillin said the lady with the alligator purse.

Out went the doctor, out went the nurse,

Out went the lady with the alligator purse.

Where learned: From the children of her neighborhood.

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; Jump ; Plain

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

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Jump rope rhymes

Ice cream soda, lemonade pop;

Tell me the initials of your sweetheart

(letters of the alphabet are called until a miss)

Data entry tech comment:

The collector did not state which state or city that the informant resides.
 

Where learned: Probably learnded from neighborhood.

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

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Rope-Jumping Rhyme

Ice cream soda, gigner ale pop

Tell me the initials of your sweetheart.

A,L

Data entry tech comment:

Collector and informant share the same surname.

Where learned: Informant learned it from her playmates on the northwest side of Detroit in a predominately Italian Neighborhood.

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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Jump rope rhymes

Teddy bear, teddy bear, point to the sky.

Teddy bear, teddy bear show your glass eye

Teddy bear, teddy bear pull your wig

Teddy bear, teddy bear dance a jig.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector does not state what city it was learned.

Where learned: Informant learned in neighborhood.

Keyword(s): ACTION ; CHARACTER ; RHYME

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

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Jump Rope Rime

Hands up Tootsie, Tootsie, Tootsie, Too.

Hands down Tootsie, Tootsie, Tootsie, Too.

Trun around Tootsie, Tootsie, Tootsie, Too.

Touch the groud Tootsie, Tootsie, Tootsie, Too.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector does not state where the informant lives.

Where learned: Informant learded this in her Parma, Ohio neighborhood.

Keyword(s): Acttion ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse C760.560

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Rope jumping Rime

House for sale, room for rent.

Whene I move out, let _______    move in.

Here's the key to lock the door,

Shut your mouth and say no more.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Collector does not state where informant livess.

Where learned: Learned as child in Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood.

Keyword(s): ACTION ; Call ; RHYME ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse C760.560

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Rope Skipping Rhyme

I'm a little Dutch girl dressed in blue,

These are the things I liked to do:

Salute to the captain,

Curtsy to the queen.

Turn my heels on the mean old king.

Where learned: Learned from the children of her neighborhood.

Keyword(s): ACTION ; CHARACTER ; RHYME

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

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For jump rope

I'm a little Dutch girl dressed in blue.

These are the things I used to do.

Salute to the captain, curtsy to the queen,

Turn my backon the dirty old king.

King gor mad, chpped off my head,

And this is where I went--

Heaven, hell, purgatory limbo,

Heave, (repeat until the jumper misses.)

Data entry tech comment:

Collector does not state where informants live.

Where learned: My neighborhood

Keyword(s): ACTION ; Charcter ; RHYME

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

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Jump Rope Rhyme

House for sale, house for rent,

____(name)        move out and ___(name)__  moves in.

 

(corresponding children jump in and out of swinging rope)

 

Submitter comment:

Collector states it was told at informants home.
 

Data entry tech comment:

Collector and informant share the same surname.
 

Where learned: Learned for children in neighborhood of Van Dyke and McNichols.

Keyword(s): Call ; RHYME

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

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Rope- Jumping Rime

A-- my name is Alive, my husband's name is Alfred, we live in Albany and we sell apples.

B-- my name is Barbara, my husband's name is Bobby, we live in Buffalo, and we sell bread.

C -- my name is Chrissy, my husbands's name is Charles, we live in Chicago, and we sell carrots.

(etc all the way throug the alphabet)

Where learned: Informant learned this from her neighborhood playmates in Euclid, Ohio.

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump ; Jump ; Plain

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

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