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WHAT'LL YOU DO
IF THE KETTLE BOILS OVER?
WHAT'LL YOU DO,
BUT FILL IT AGAIN?
WHAT'LL YOU DO
IF YOU MARRY A SOLDIER?
WHAT'LL YOU DO,
BUT MARRY AGAIN?

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH COLLECTOR RECEIVED THIS IN A LETTER WITH NO
COMMENT, HE THINKS IT CONTAINS A BIT OF SERIOUS COUNSEL
AGAINST MARRYING A SOLDIER.

Where learned: LETTER

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.325

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AS A BEAUTY I AM NO STAR,
THERE ARE OTHERS MUCH MORE HANDSOME BY FAR.
BUT MY FACE, I DON'T MIND IT,
BECAUSE I'M BEHIND IT.
IT'S THE FOLKS UP IN FRONT THAT I JAR.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): SELF-CRITICISM

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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CURLERS IN MY HAIR AT NIGHT,
HEAVENS--WHAT AN AWFUL SIGHT.
I TOSS, I TURN, WHEN WILL I LEARN--
THAT BEAUTY ISN'T WORTH THE FIGHT!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; SELF-CRITICISM

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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DAN, DAN, THE FUNNY WEE MAN,
WASHED HIS FACE WITH A FRYING PAN.
COMBED HIS HAIR WITH THE LEG OF A CHAIR,
DAN, DAN, THE FUNNY WEE MAN.

Data entry tech comment: OLD DAN TUCKER?

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): COMPARE "OLD DAN TUCKER" ; QUATRAIN NONSENSE ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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POEM ABOUT TEACHERS

EXPERIENCE IS A TEACHER,
BUT THE THING THAT MAKES ME BURN,
IS THAT SHE'S ALWAYS TEACHING ME,
THINGS I DO NOT CARE TO LEARN.

Submitter comment: USED BY ALL THE SIXTH GRADERS AT FISHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
IN REDFORD TOWNSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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FOR EVERY EVIL UNDER THE SUN,
THERE IS A REMEDY OR THERE IS NONE,
IF THERE BE ONE, TRY TO FIND IT,
IF THERE BE NONE, NEVER MIND IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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ARMY VERSE

G. I. BEANS
G. I. GRAVY,
GEE, I WISH I'D JOINED THE NAVY.

Where learned: WEST GERMANY

Keyword(s): G. I. = GOVERNMENT ISSUE ; REFERS TO THE ARMY IN GENERAL..

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GOD MADE BUTTER,
GOD MADE CHEESE,
GOD MADE LITTLE GIRLS,
FOR BOYS TO SQUEEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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HERE LIES THE BODY OF SOLOMON PEASE.
UNDER THE DAISIES, UNDER THE TREES.
BUT PEASE ISN'T HERE, ONLY THE POD.
PEASE SHELLED OUT AND WENT HOME TO GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH PUN ; EPITAPH RHYME: COUPLETS ; VEGETABLES: PEAS METAPHOR SLANG

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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I AM A BEAVER,
YOU ARE A BEAVER,
WE ARE ALL BEAVERS,
WHEN WE'RE IN TROUBLE,
WE GIVE THE BEAVER CALL.
KISSING SOUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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WHO CARES? NOT I.

I KNOW HOW UGLY I ARE,
MY FACE IT AIN'T NO STAR,
BUT I DON'T MIND IT,
CAUSE I'M BEHIND IT,
IT'S THE FOLKS OUT FRONT GET THE JAR.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Keyword(s): SELF-CRITICISM

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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O-I-C

I'M IN A 10 DER MOOD TODAY
AND FEEL POETIC 2
4 FUN I'LL JUST -- OFF A LINE
AND SEND IT OFF 2 U.

I'M SORRY U HAVE BEEN 6 SO LONG,
DON'T BE DISCONSOL8
BUT BEAR YOUR ILLS WITH 42DE
AND THEY WON'T SEEM SO GR8.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING ILLNESS ; QUATRAIN RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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I SHOULD WORRY, I SHOULD CARE,
I SHOULD MARRY A MILLIONAIRE.
HE SHOULD DIE, I SHOULD CRY,
I SHOULD MARRY ANOTHER GUY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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JOHN AND KATHY SITTING IN A TREE,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE
THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES JOHN PUSHING A BABY CARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH VERSE?

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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LINCOLN, LINCOLN,
I'VE BEEN THINKIN'!
WHAT THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKIN'?
TASTES LIKE WATER, LOOKS LIKE WINE.
OH MY GOSH, IT'S TURPENTINE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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LITTLE FLY UPON THE WALL,
HIM AIN'T GOT NO HOME AT ALL.
HIM AIN'T GOT NO MAMA TO COMB HIS HAIR,
HIM DON'T CARE!
HIM GOT NO HAIR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY-TALK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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NOTHING AS SOMETHING LOVEN
WHEN COMING FROM THE COVEN

Where learned: WXYZ RADIO

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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TAUNT

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN
TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR PLANET.

Submitter comment: THE TIME IS NOW FOR MEN TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE WHAT
HAS TO BE DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANAPESTS ; GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY. ; PARODY: ON TYPING EXERCISE: NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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(NAME) IS A POET AND DON'T KNOW IT,
HIS FEET SHOW IT; THEY'RE LONGFELLOWS.
HE'S GETTING WHITTIER AND WHITTIER EVERY DAY,
THE LITTLE DICKINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): PUNS

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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POOR LITTLE FLY, SITTING ON THE WALL,
HIM AIN'T GOT NO FRIENDS AT ALL,
HIM GOT NO MOMMA TO COMB HIS HAIR.
HIM DON'T CARE, HIM GOT NO HAIR.

Submitter comment: VERSES WERE RECITED WITH A SAD TONE IN THE VOICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY-TALK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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