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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE BY THE LAKE,
PLEASE SEND ME A PIECE OF YOUR WEDDING CAKE.

Submitter comment: MICHAEL WILHELMI SIGNED THIS IN INFORMANTS'
AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1932, N. DAKOTA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; PLYMOUTH

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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LIFE IS LIKE A DECK OF CARDS;
WHEN YOU ARE IN LOVE, IT'S HEARTS;
WHEN YOU ARE ENGAGED, IT'S DIAMONDS;
WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED, IT'S CLUBS;
WHEN YOU ARE DEAD, IT'S SPADES.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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TAUNT OF THE WELSH

JOHNNY WAS A WELSHMAN,
JOHNNY WAS A THIEF,
JOHNNY CAME TO MY HOUSE
AND STOLE A LEG OF BEEF.
I WENT TO JOHNNY'S HOUSE,
JOHNNY WAS IN BED,
SO I TOOK UP A POKER
AND HIT HIM ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS AN IRISH TAUNT OF THE WELSH, USUALLY SUNG BY
SMALL CHILDREN AT SCHOOL OR PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN NURSERY RHYME

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

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GRASS

IF YOU DO THAT, THEN YOUR ASS IS GRASS AND I'M THE LAWN MOWER.

Submitter comment: IF SOMEONE IS CONTEMPLATING DOING SOMETHING THAT YOU HAD RATHER
THEY NOT DO THEN AN APPROPRIATE ADMONISHMENT (OR PERHAPS
THREATENING) THING TO SAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001971 WINTER

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WHEN YOU NOTICE THAT SOMEONE'S SLIP IS SHOWING, INSTEAD OF
TELLING THEM EXPLICITLY, YOU TELL THEM BY SAYING "JOHNNY IS
OUT OF JAIL" WHICH MEANS THAT YOUR SLIP IS SHOWING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): CLOTHES

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001971 WINTER

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THE WELL RETORT

SOME PERSONS WHEN THEY THINK SAY "WELL...." A RETORT IS TO SAY
"THAT'S A DEEP SUBJECT" MEANING THAT THE SUBJECT-WELL- IS
DEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): COMEBACK

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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WEE-PEAT

REPEAT AND WEEPEAT
WERE WALKING ALONG A BRIDGE.
REPEAT FELL OFF,
WHO WAS LEFT?
ANSWER - WEEPEAT.
AND THE STORY WOULD BE REPEATED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEE-PEAT

REPEAT AND WEEPEAT
WERE WALKING ALONG A BRIDGE.
REPEAT FELL OFF,
WHO WAS LEFT?
ANSWER - WEEPEAT.
AND THE STORY WOULD BE REPEATED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PEPSI JINGLE

PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT
TEN MINUTES LATER HITS THE POT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): PARODY OF COMMERCIAL JINGLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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Jump Rope Rhyme

I ate my peas with honey,

I've done it all my life.

It makes the peas taste funny

But it keeps them on the knife.

Submitter comment:

My niece says this is one of her

favorite rhymes at school.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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Rope- jumping Rimes

Fudge, fudge, call the judge,

Mothers got a newborn baby.

Not a girl, not a boy,jus an ordinary baby.

Wrap it up in tissue paper,

Send it down the elevator.

Third floor stop, second floor stop;

First floor out you go!

 

Data entry tech comment:

Collector and informant are the same person.

Where learned: Learned during childhood play in plymouth, Michigan

Keyword(s): Call ; CHARACTER ; Jump ; Plain ; RHYME

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

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