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O ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, THY SHINING FACE
THAT SPEAKS THY MIGHTY POWER
IN MY POCKET, FIND A RESTING PLACE,
FOR I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR.
AMEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN ; INDIRECTION SATIRE MONEY ; METER: IAMBIC, ANAPESTIC ; MOCK-PIOUS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, ABAB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A SOFT ANSWER TURNETH AWAY WRATH, BUT GRIEVIOUS
WORDS STIR UP ANGER.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; MACKENZIE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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TAUNT

BARRY'S MADE AND I'M GLAD,
AND I KNOW HOW TO PLEASE HIM.
A BOTTLE OF BEER AND A KICK IN THE REAR,
AND THREE LITTLE GIRLS TO PLEASE HIM.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER DAD.

Where learned: SAINT MICHAEL GRADE SCHOOL

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

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET SAT ON A TUFFET,
EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY.
ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER,
AND SHE BEAT IT TO DEATH WITH HER SPOON.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A FRIEND IN CLASS.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR,
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER
PUPIL AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; PARODY ; PARODY OF POEM: MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ; RHYME: AABB

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

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THE CALL-IN VERSE FOR THE GAME, HIDE AND SEEK

ALI-ALI-AXON ALL IN FREE.
BETTER BE IN BY THE COUNT OF THREE,
OR YOU'LL BE IT. 1-2-3

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SCHOOL APARTMENT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.524

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IN ANCIENT CELTIC LORE THEY HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR SPIRITS.
CLEAN WATER WOULD BE LEFT AT NIGHT FOR THE FAIRIES TO WASH.
IF A WOMAN OF THE HOUSE WAS THROWING OUT DIRTY WATER, SHE
WOULD SAY, "FAG A BEALAC, UESGE SALAC," WHICH MEANT--"LEAVE
THE WAY, DIRTY WATER!" AS A WARNING TO THE SPIRITS NOT TO GET
HIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BISHOP BORGESS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WENT OUT TO HANG CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER HIT YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?

Submitter comment: THE PERSON WHO GETS THE WORD, BLOOD, PICKS A COLOR,
WHICH IS THEN SPELLED OUT. THE LAST PERSON IS CHOSEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL APARTMENT

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

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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RUNNING RHYME

DUMMY-DUMMY, DOE-DOE,
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,
I CAN RUN FASTER
THAN (NAME) CAN.

Where learned: SAINT HILARYS SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

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RUNNING RHYME

I LIKE COFFEE, I LIKE TEA,
I LIKE (NAME) TO CHASE AFTER ME.

Submitter comment: WHEN THE RUNNER IS CAUGHT, THE CATCHER IS "IT."

Where learned: SAINT HILARYS SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: 03-29-1971

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PIOUS REFLECTION (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

IF YOU GET TO HEAVEN BEFORE I DO,/ DRILL A HOLE AND PULL ME THROUGH.

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSTRUCTION ; RELIGION COUPLET ; RHYME: AA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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LOVE YOU LITTLE, LOVE YOU BIG,
LOVE YOU LIKE A GREAT BIG PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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GOD MADE THE OCEAN,
GOD MADE THE BEACH,
AND WHEN HE MADE (NAME)
HE SURE MADE A PEACH.
ASHES TO ASHES,
DUST TO DUST,
IF IT WASN'T FOR (PERSON'S NAME),
YOUR LIPS WOULD RUST.

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH GRADE SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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I THOUGHT, I THOUGHT, I THOUGHT IN VAIN,
AT LAST I THOUGHT I'D WRITE MY NAME!

Where learned: OUR LADY OF SORROWS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 06-00-1966

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I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT, AND THOUGHT IN VAIN,
AND FINALLY DECIDED TO SIGN MY NAME.

Where learned: SAINT STANISLAUS GRADE SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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REMEMBER ME WITH A SMILE
REMEMBER ME WITH A FROWN,
REMEMBER ME AS THE ONE,
WHO SPOILED YOUR BOOK BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN.

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH GRADE SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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REMEMBER GRANT, REMEMBER LEE,
HECK WITH THEM, REMEMBER ME.

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH GRADE SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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I WILL REMEMBER BARB
I WILL REMEMBER SUE,
BUT PUT THEM ASIDE,
AND I WILL REMEMBER YOU!

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH GRADE SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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REMEMBER ME EARLY,
REMEMBER ME LATE
REMEMBER ME AT THE HEAVENLY GATE.

Where learned: SAINT STANISLAUS GRADE SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE GREEN,
YOU'D THINK BETTER WITH SOME BRAINS IN YOUR BEAN. CK[ SLANG=BEAN FOR HEAD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT JAMES SCHOOL ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG=BEAN FOR HEAD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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