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ROPE SKIPPING RHYME

MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER, LIVES ACROSS THE STREET
EVERY TIME THEY HAD A FIGHT, THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY TO ME:
ACABACA SODA CRACKER, ACABACA SODA CRACKER
ACABACA SODA CRACKER AND OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment:

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME ; CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

RIN TIN TIN SAT ON A PIN.
HOW MANY INCHES DID IT GO IN?
1, 2, 3,...ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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ROPE-JUMPING RHYME

RIN TIN TIN SAT ON A PIN.
HOW MANY INCHES DID IT GO IN?
1, 2, 3, 4,...

Submitter comment: HE REMEMBERED THIS FROM HIS SISTERS' ROPE JUMPING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE

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

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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GAME VERSE

RIN TIN TIN SAT ON A PIN,
HOW MANY INCHES DID IT GO IN.
ONE, TWO, THREE, ETC.
THIS VERSE IS SAID WHEN JUMPING ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 12-06-1965

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ROPE-JUMPING RHYMES

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE;
HUCKLEBERRY FINN;
WHE N I CALL YOUR BIRTHDAY,
PLEASE JUMP IN:
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, ETC.

Where learned: FRONT YARD

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
HUCKLEBERRY FINN
WHEN I CALL YOUR BIRTHDAY
PLEASE JUMP IN.

Submitter comment: CALLER THEN CALLS MONTHS AND THE PEOPLE JUMP IN. LEARNED FROM A
PLAYMATE ABOUT SIX YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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S-C-H-O-O-L

S-C-H-O-O-L SPELLS SCHOOL.
1ST GRADE--JUMP ONCE
2ND GRADE--JUMP TWICE
3RD GRADE--JUMP THREE TIMES
4TH GRADE-- JUMP FOUR TIMES
5TH GRADE--5 JUMPS ONE FOOT
6TH GRADE--6 JUMPS ROTATING
7TH GRADE-- 7 JUMPS ROATAING AND TOUCHING GROUND WITH 1 HAND.
8TH GRADE--I'M A LITTLE DUTCH GIRL
DRESSED IN BLUE.
THESE ARE THE THINGS I LIKE TO DO.
SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN
BOE TO THE QUEEN.
AND TURN MY BACK ON THE MEAN OLD KING.
9TH GRADE--CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE IN 1492.
THE WAVES GOT HIGHER AND HIGHER AND OVER
THE BOUNDRY MAIN.
THESE ARE THE SHIPS THAT D- REMAIN
1-2-3...

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

SAILOR WENT TO SEA, SEA, SEA.
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEE, SEE, SEE.
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD SEE, SEE, SEE.
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, SEA, SEA.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER SISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

HAVE YOU EVER, EVER, EVER IN YOUR LONG LEGGED LIFE
SEEN A LONG LEGGED SAILOR AND HIS LONG LEGGED WIFE?

NO I NEVER, NEVER, NEVER IN MY LONG LEGGED LIFE
SAW A LONG LEGGED SAILOR AND HIS LONG LEGGED WIFE.
(MAY SUBSTITUTE PIGEON TOED, KNOCK KNEED OR BOW LEGGED IN PLACE
OF LONG LEGGED.)

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER SISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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ROPE JUMPING RIME

LITTLE SUZIE SAUCER
SITTING IN A SAUCER
WEEPING AND CRYING
BECAUSE HER MOTHER'S DYING
RISE SUZIE RISE
WIPE YOUR EYES
POINT TO THE EAST,
POINT TO THE WEST
POINT TO THE ONE YOU LOVE THE BEST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS ON THE PLAYGROUND IN CLEVELAND, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; FOLEY HALL

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 03-29-1967

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ROPE-JUMPING RHYME

LITTLE SALLY SAUCER
SITTEN IN A SAUCER
RIDE SALLY RIDE SALLY RIDE
WIPE YOUR WEEPEN EYES
SHAKE IT TO ME
SHAKE IT TO ME
SALLY RIDE
WIPE YOUR WEEPEN EYES
SHAKE IT TO ME
SHAKE IT TO ME.

Where learned: KEATING SCHOOL

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-08-1967

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JUMP ROPE RIME

SAILOR GIRL, SAILOR GIRL, DRESSED IN BLUE
THESE ARE THE THINGS WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO.
SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN
CURTESY (COURTSY?) TO THE QUEEN
TURN MY BACK TO THE DIRTY MARINE}

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYMATES.
BUFFALO, N.Y.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; FOLEY HALL

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 03-29-1967

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

A SAILOR WENT TO SEA SEA SEA
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEE SEE SEE
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD SEE SEE SEE
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA SEA SEA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 09-11-1969

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ROPE SKIPPING RHYME

SAILOR BOY, SAILOR BOY DO YOUR DUTY,
HERE COMES AMERICA'S BATHING BEAUTY.
SHE CAN DO THE RUMBA, SHE CAN DO THE TWIST,
SHE CAN WEAR HER DRESSES ABOVE HER HIPS.

Submitter comment: FROM THE CHILDREN OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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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JUMP-ROPE RIME

SALT, PEPPER, VINEGAR, SPICE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

Keyword(s): SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-12-1972

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ADVANCING THROUGH THE GRADES

"SC-H-O-O-L, SPELLS--SCHOOL."
THE JUMPER RUNS AROUND A TWIRLER, SAYS "KINDERGARTEN,"
THEN TRIES TO RUN THROUGH THE ROPE WITHOUT BEING TOUCHED BY IT.
TWIRLER. THEN "SECOND GRADE," JUMPS TWICE, AND SO ON ALL THE
WAY UP TO TWELFTH GRADE. IF HE EVER FAILS A JUMP, WHICH USUALLY
HAPPENS, THE PLAY PASSES TO THE NEXT PERSON.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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JUMP ROPE VERSE

SPINACH, SPINACH IN MY DISH
SPINACH, SPINACH STINKS LIKE FISH
IF I DON'T EAT ALL MY SPINACH RIGHT
MOMMY WILL SEND ME TO BED EARLY TONIGHT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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RHYME

SEE SAW MARGERIE DAW,
JACK SHALL HAVE A NEW MASTER,
A PENNY A DAY IS ALL HE CAN PAY,
CAUSE JACK CAN'T WORK ANY FASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

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

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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(T) SCHOOL
FIRST GRADE: JUMP ONCE/ SECOND GRADE: JUMP TWICE/ THIRD GRADE JUMP
THREE TIMES/ FOURTH GRADE: JUMP FOUR TIMES/ FIFTH GRADE: JUMP FIVE
TIMES ON ONE FOOT, SIXTH GRADE: JUMP SIX TIMES ON OTHER FOOT, SEVENTH
GRADE: JUMP SEVEN TIMES WITH ONE EYE CLOSED, EIGHT GRADE: JUMP EIGHT
TIMES WITH OTHER EYE CLOSED. NINTH GRADE: JUMP NINE TIMES TOUCHING
THE GROUND WITH ONE HADN. TENTH GRADE: JUMP TEN TIMES TOUCHING THE
GROUND WITH OTHER HAND. ELEVENTH GRADE: JUMP ELEVEN TIMES WITH BOTH
EYES CLOSED. TWELFTH GRADE: JUMP TWELVE TIMES TOUCHING THE GROUND
AND WITH BOTH EYES CLOSED

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; ENDURANCE ; ENDURANCE-MUMP ; Jump

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

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