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(BOY'S NAME) AND (GIRL'S NAME) SITTING IN A TREE,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G. (SPELLING)
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE,
THEN COMES (NAME) WITH THE BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS FROM GRADESCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTI-CLIMAX HUMOR SYMBOL ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: TROCHAIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB ; SEX, REFRAIN ; SPELLING RHYME

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SMART ALECK RHYME

LIAR, LIAR, TWO BY FOUR,
CAN'T GET THROUGH THE KITCHEN DOOR.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG.

Data entry tech comment: FATTY, FATTY, TWO BY FOUR....

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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WHAT'S YOUR NAME? MARY JANE.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
DOWN THE DRAIN.
WHAT DO YOU EAT?
PIG'S FEET.
WHAT DO YOU DRINK?
BLACK INK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S YOUNG NIECE RECITED THIS FOR HIM
MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

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LITTLE SALLY WALKER

LITTLE SALLY WALKER,
WALKING DOWN THE STREET.
DON'T KNOW WHERE SHE'S WALKING,
BUT SHE SURE HAS GOT THAT BEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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LITTLE SALLY WALKER

LITTLE SALLY WALKER,
SITTING IN A SAUCER,
CRY BABY, CRY BABY, WIPE YOUR TEARY EYES.
POINT TO THE EAST,
POINT TO THE WEST,
POINT TO THE ONE THAT YOU LIKE BEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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SONG

DID YOU EVER GO FISHING ON A BRIGHT SUNDAY?
SIT ON THE DOCK AND FISH ALL DAY,
WITH YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS
AND YOUR POCKETS IN YOUR PANTS,
WATCH THOSE FISHES DO THE HULA HULA DANCE.

Submitter comment: ( SUNG TO THE TUNE OF ANY SQUARE DANCE )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; GENE ; TOLD AT HER HOME TO HER SON

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

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CHILDREN SONG

HI HO, HI HO,IT'S OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO,
WE LEARN SOME JUNK AND THEN WE FLUNK.
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: AS THE INFORMANT REMEMBERED IT.

Data entry tech comment: A PARODY OF " HI HO HI HO, IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO,"
A SONG IN A MOVIE.
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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" THE ANIMAL FAIR "

I WENT TO THE ANIMAL FAIR,
THE BIRDS AND THE BEES WERE THERE.
THE OLD BABOON, BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON,
WAS COMBING HIS AUBURN HAIR.
THE MONKEY, HE GOT DRUNK.
HE SAT ON THE ELEPHANT'S TRUNK.
THE ELEPHANT SNEEZED AND FELL ON HIS KNEES,
AND THAT WAS THE END OF THE MONK, THE MONK,
THE MONK, THE MONK.
( REPEAT )

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

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KISSING IN A TREE

( NAME ) AND ( NAME ) SITTING IN A TREE. K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE
AND THEN COMES MARRIAGE
AND THEN COMES A BABY IN A
BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: LEARN IN CHILDHOOD IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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CHILDREN'S SONG

WHERE, O WHERE HAS MY LITTLE DOG
GONE?
O WHERE, O WHERE CAN HE BE?
WITH HIS HAIR CUT SHORT AND HIS
TAIL CUT LONG.
O WHERE, O WHERE CAN HE BE ?

Where learned: HOME

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

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HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SHOUT ( SONG )

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SHOUT
TWELVE MORE DAYS TILL WE GET OUT
TWELVE MORE DAYS TILL WE CAN TELL
U OF D TO GO TO HELL
NO MORE BOOKS AND NO MORE THINKING
WE'LL GO BACK TO SEX AND DRINKING
TWELVE MORE DAYS TILL WE GET OUT .

Submitter comment: ( SUNG TO THE TUNE OF " HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING " )

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): PARODY OF A CRISTMAS CAROL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FI22

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THE WORMS CRAWL IN

YOU SHOULD NEVER LAUGH AS THE HEARSE GOES BY
'CAUSE YOU MIGHT BE THE NEXT TO DIE.
THEY'LL PUT YOU IN A WOODEN BOX
AND COVER YOU UP WITH DIRT AND ROCKS.

ALL GOES FINE FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK
AND THEN THE COFFIN BEGINS TO LEAK.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.
YOUR INSIDES TURN A SLIMY GREEN
AND PUSS FLOWS OUT JUST LIKE WHIPPED CREAM.
THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT,
THE WORMS PLAY PEANUCKLE ON YOUR SNOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRADE SCHOOL ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): DECAY OF BODY AFTER DEATH ; GORE, GOTHIC HORROR ; PINOCHLE, A CARD GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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AUNT SALLY

MY AUNT SALLY'S JUST AS GOOD AS
ANYBODY,
MY AUNT SALLY'S JUST AS GOOD AS
YOU}

Submitter comment: ( NOTE: THIS SONG WAS SUNG IN A CATCHY TUNE
AS MY GRANDMOTHER BOUNCED ME ON
HER KNEE. SHE DID IT WITH MY DAD
AS WELL AS MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS
SHE SAID SHE LEARNED FROM HER
FATHER ETC. )

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE WIGGLE

I WIGGLE MY FINGERS; I WIGGLE MY TOES,
I WIGGLE MY NOSE. SO NOW NO MORE WIGGLES
ARE LEFT IN ME. SO I WILL BE AS STILL AS
STILL AS CAN BE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

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

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CHILDREN'S SONG

IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING,
BUMPED HIS HEAD
AND HE WENT TO BED
AND HE COULDN'T GET UP IN THE MORNING.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY
COME AGAIN SOME OTHER DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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CHILDREN'S SONG

HELLO, HELLO, HELLO, HELLO.
WE ARE GLAD TO MEET YOU.
WE ARE GLAD TO GREET YOU.
HELLO, HELLO, HELLO, HELLO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

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CHILDREN'S SONG

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, SHORT AND STOUT.
HERE IS MY HANDLE, HERE IS MY SPOUT.
WHEN I GET ALL STEAMED UP I WILL SHOUT.
JUST TIP ME OVER AND POUR ME OUT.
JUST TIP ME OVER AND POUR ME OUT.

Where learned: HOME

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

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CHILDREN'S SONG

ALL AROUND THE COBBLER'S BENCH
THE MONKEY CHASED THE WEASEL.
THE MONKEY THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT FUN.
POP} GOES THE WEASEL.

Where learned: HOME

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

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CHILDREN'S SONG

THERE WAS A FARMER HAD A DOG
BINGO WAS HIS NAME.
B-I-N-GO
B-I-N-GO
BINGO WAS HIS NAME.

Submitter comment: ( THIS SONG HAS BEEN FREQUENTLY PLAYED ON TELEVISION
FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, AS PART OF A COMMERCIAL
ON BEHALF OF NETWORK POLICIES AFFECTING CHILDREN. )

Where learned: HOME

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

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THREE LITTLE DEVILS

THREE LITTLE DEVILS ALL DRESSED IN RED
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD
BUT THE THREAD STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY ALL FELL
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO....
REPEAT: TWO LITTLE DEVILS
USING: AND THEN ONE LITTLE DEVIL
ONE LITTLE DEVIL ALL DRESSED IN RED
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD
BUT THE THREAD STRING BROKE AND DOWN HE FELL
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO.....
DON'T GET DISCOURAGED, DON'T GET DISMAYED
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY
ALL WENT TO BED.

Submitter comment: ( LEARNED IN: DETROIT CHILDHOOD )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS EUPHEMISM ; HELL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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