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RIDDLE

Q: WHO WALKS ON FOUR FEET IN THE MORNING, ON TWO FEET AT NOON,
AND ON THREE IN THE EVENING?
A: MAN. AS A CHILD HE CRAWLS ON ALL FOURS; AS AN ADULT HE WALKS ON
TWO; AND IN HIS OLD AGE HE WALKS LEANING ON A STICK.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FROM HIS NEIGHBOR MR. SOL FRIEDMAN

Data entry tech comment: 7 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: FITZGERALD PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE

James Callow Keyword(s): SOPHOCLES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-29-1964

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QUESTION: THREE MERCHANTS AND THREE ROBBERS HAD TO CROSS A
LAKE. HOWEVER, ONLY ONE ROWBOAT WAS AVAILABLE AND IT COULD
SAFELY CARRY ONLY TWO PEOPLE AT A TIME. HOW COULD THEY ALL
MANAGE TO GET ACROSS SINCE ONE MERCHANT WAS AFRAID TO BE LEFT
ALONE WITH TWO ROBBERS? ANSWER: FIRST OF ALL TWO ROBBERS
CROSSED. ONE ROBBER THEN BROUGHT THE BOAT BACK AND ROWED ACROSS
THE THIRD ROBBER. AFTERWARDS HE RETURNED ONCE MORE AND
REMAINED ON SHORE. THEN TWO MERCHANTS GOT INTO THE BOAT AND
ROWWED ACROSS. ONE MERCHANT IN COMPANY WITH ONE ROBBER RETURNED
WITH THE BOAT. THE ROBBER GOT OUT OF THE BOAT AND THEN TWO
MERCHANTS ROWED ACROSS. AFTER THAT A ROBBER RETURNED TO GET THE
LAST ROBBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FITZGERALD PLAYGROUND ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CRIME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KEY IS THE HARDEST TO TURN?
A: A DONKEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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TOO MUCH CHEESE

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN NAMED NED,/WHO, JUST BEFORE GOING TO BED,
ATE VERY MUCH/ OF A CHEESE THAT WAS DUTCH__/ AND WHEN HE WOKE UP HE
WAS DEAD }

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: AUNT MARY WHO LIVES IN ST. LOUIS, MO. USED TO SAY THIS RIME
TO HIM BEFORE GOING TO BED.

Where learned: FITZGERALD PLAYGROUND ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; RHYME: AABBA

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

Date learned: 07-29-1964

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ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE / RUNNING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,/ IF THE TRAIN
SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK/ DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK? YES, Y-E-S SPELLS
YES. (NO, N-O SPELLS NO) AND YOU ARE NOW OUT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ON A PLAYGROUND ; JOHNSTOWN ; WORKING

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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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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Devilish Mary (English Origin)

I once dressed up and went to twon
To court a fair young lady.
I inquired about her name,
Her name was Devilish Mary.

Chorus
Come-a fa-la-ling, come-a ling, come-a ling
Come-a fa-la-ling come-a dairy.
Repeat

Me and Mary began to spark,
And she got in a hurry,
We fixed it up that very night,
We'd marry the very next Thursday.

We hadn't been married but about two weeks,
When she got mean as the devil,
And every time I said a word,
She hit me with a shovel.

She washed my clothes in old soap suds,
She filled my bath with switches,
She let me know right from the start,
She was going to wear my britches.

One day I said to Devilish Mary,
"I think we'd best be parted."
Just as soon as I said the words,
Out the door she started.

Now if I ever marry again,
It'll be for love not riches,
Marry a gal about two feet tall,
So she can't wear my britches.


 

Submitter comment:

Origin mother and father (she thinks).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FITZGERALD PLAYGROUND ; DETROIT

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

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Proverbial Saying

Curiosity killed the cat.

(usually answered with:)

Satisfaction brought it back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Not a Proverb?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): CAT ; CURIOSITY ; Killed ; PROVERB ; Resurrection ; Satisfaction ; Saying

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Nobody Loves Me

Nobody loves me, everybody hates me.
Think I'll eat some worms.
Big ones, little ones, ishy, gishy, goo ones,
Ones that squiggle and squirm.

First one's greasy -- goes down easy
Second one sticks to your tongue.
Third one's custard, fourth one's mustard
Fifth one tries to run.

First you cut the heads off
Then you suck the juice out
Then you throw the skins away.
No one knows how (name) can live on worms three times a day.

 

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; PLAYGROUND

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

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Froggy Song

Here's a lively song of a froggy by the pond:
Crick-crick-crickety-crick berrong--

 

Submitter comment:

Informant learned in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, while working on a playground.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PLAYGROUND ; JOHNSTOWN

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

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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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Little Maggie

Oh, yonder stands Little Maggie,
With a dram glass in her hand.
She's drinking away her troubles Lord,
And courting another man.

Pretty flowers were made for blooming,
Pretty stars were made to shine.
Pretty girls were made for boys to love,
Surely Maggie was made for mine.

Oh, how can I ever stand it,
To see them two blue eyes.
They shine just like diamonds Lord,
Like the diamonds in the sky.

Sometimes I have a nickel Lord,
Sometimes I have a dime.
Sometimes I have ten dollars,
Just to pay Little Maggie's fine.

Oh, they marched me down to the station,
With my suitcase in my hand.
I'm going away for to leave you my love,
I'm going to a far distant land.

 

Submitter comment:

Origin: Grandmother, Mrs. Liza Brown, Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Bagley School ; Bagley School Playground

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

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Game

Verse while jumping rope:
I had a little teddy bear
His name was Tiny Tim
I put him into bathtub
To teach him how to swim.
He drank up all the water
And he ate up all the soap
Last night he was sick
With a bubble in his throat.
In came the doctor
In came the nurse
In came the lady with the big fat purse.
I don't want the doctor
I don't want the nurse
I want the lady with the big fat purse!
(Then count from 1-100)

 


 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

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

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I went downtown to see Mrs. Brown

I went downtown to seed Mrs. Brown

She gave me a nickel to buy a pickle

Theckle was sour; she gave me a flower

Ther flower was red; she gave me some thread;

The thread was thin; she gave me a pin;

The pin was sharp; She gave me a harp;

And the harp played salt, mustard, and pepper.

 

 

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; JOHNSTOWN ; While working on a playground

Keyword(s): Jump ; SPEED

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

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