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JUMP ROPE RHYME

FUDGE, FUDGE, CALL THE JUDGE,
MAMA HAS A NEW BORN BABY.
IT WASN'T A GIRL
IT'S NOT A BOY
IT'S JUST A PLAIN OLD BABY.
WRAP IT UP IN TISSUE PAPER
SEND IT DOWN THE ELEVATOR
FIRST FLOOR--STOP
SECOND FLOOR ----------.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

BLUE BELLS COCKEL SHELLS,
EVE EVY OVER,
HERE COMES TEACHER WITH A BIG BLACK STICK,
YOU BETTER KNOW YOUR ARITHMATIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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ROPE-JUMPING RHYME

DUMMI, DUMMI, DODO,
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,
I CAN RUN FASTER,
THAN ANY ONECAN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE OPENING RHYME USED IN STARTING SOME SORT OF
JUMP ROPE GAME. PLAYER, WHILE JUMPING, WILL SAY THIS
RHYME AND THEN JUMP OUT, NEXT PLAYER WILL JUMP IN AND
JUMP OUT AND SO ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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YOUR MOTHER, MY MOTHER LIVE ACROSS THE WAY
EVERY NIGHT THEY HAVE A FIGHT
AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY,
YOUR OLD MAN IS A DIRTY OLD MAN
CAUSE HE WASHES HIS FACE WITH THE FRYING PAN
HE COMBS HIS HAIR WITH THE LEG OF THE CHAIR.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

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

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND OUT OF SHAPE
REMEMBER GIRDLES ARE $2.98

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN 1965

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

HOUSE FOR RENT, INQUIRE WITHIN,
WHEN I MOVE OUT LET (NAME) MOVE IN.
A PLAYERS NAME IS CALLED. WHEN THAT PLAYER HAS HAD HER TURN SHE
CALLS ANOTHER, UNTIL THE LAST ONE IN SAYS, WHEN I MOVE OUT LET
THE HOUSE FALL IN, AND THE ROPE TURNERS STOP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN AROUND.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH THE GROUND.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SHOW YOUR SHOE.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SKIDOO, SKIDOO
THE PLAYER DOES EACH ACTIVITY AND RUNS OUT.
AT HER NEXT TURN SHE SAYS AND ACTS OUT:
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, GO UPSTAIRS,
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SAY YOUR PRAYERS.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, TURN OUT THE LIGHT.
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SAY GOODNIGHT.
THE PLAYER RUNS OUT WHEN FINISHED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

DOWN BY THE RIVER,
DOWN BY THE SEA,
MARY WENT FISHING WITH DADDY AND ME.
HOW MANY FISH DID MARY GET?
1-2-3-4-ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

COMET IT MAKES YOUR MOUTH TURN GREEN COMET IT TASTSE LIKE LISTERINE
COMET IT MAKES YOU VOMET SO TRY SOME COMET AND VOMIT TODAY

Submitter comment: MICHELLE MARFEY IS 10 YEARS OLD AND SHE HAD JUST LEARNED THE RHYME
FROM A GROUP OF FRIENDS.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

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DOWN BY THE RIVER

DOWN BY THE RIVER
DOWN BY THE SEA
JOHNNY BROKE A MILK BOTTLE
BLAMED IT ON ME.

I TOLD MA
MA TOLD PA
JOHNNY GOT A LICKIN,
SO HA, HA, HA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): INITAL ITERATION ; JUMP ROPE RHYME ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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JUMP ROPE GAME

ONE, TWO, THREE
HOLD THE ROPE UP HIGH OVER THE PERSON,S HEAD.
FOUR , FIVE, SIX
HOLD THE ROPE UP HIGH OVER THE PERSON,S HEAD.
SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE AN TEN.

Submitter comment: MARY, MARY SETTING AT THE TABLE. DON'T FORGET YOUR RED HOT PEAS.
THEN YOU THROW THE ROPE FAST AS YOU CAN, UNTIL THE PERSON JUMPING
GETS TIRED.
THIS WAS LEARNED DOWN SOUTH.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MERIDIAN

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

Date learned: 09-00-1960

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

CINDERELLA, DRESSED IN YELLA
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS HER FELLA
BUT SHE MADE A MISTAKE
AND KISSED A SNAKE.
HOW MANY DOCTORS DID IT TAKE?
ONE, TWO, THREE,. . .

Submitter comment: JULIE LEARNED THIS FROM YOUNG FELLOW JUMP-ROPERS. YOU JUMP-ROPE TO
THE RHYTHM OF THIS RHYME AND AT THE END KEEP JUMPING AND COUNT EACH
JUMP UNTIL YOU MISS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: CA00001968

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN
JOHNNY OVER THE SEA
JOHNNY BROKE A POP BOTTLE
AND BLAMED IT ONTO ME
I TOLD MA, MA TOLD PA
JOHNNY GOT A LICKIN'
AND A "HA, HA, HA}"
HOW MANY LICKIN'S DID HE GET?
ONE, TWO, THREE, . . .

Submitter comment: YOU JUMP ROPE TO THE RHYME AND KEEP JUMPING UNTIL YOU MISS, COUNTING
EACH JUMP TO TELL HOW MANY LICKIN'S JOHNNY GOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: CA00001968

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS
THERE SAT (GIRL'S NAME) SWEET AS A ROSE
ALONG CAME (BOY'S NAME) AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
ONE, TWO, THREE, . . .

Submitter comment: SUSIE LEARNED THIS RHYME IN GRADE SCHOOL. IT WAS ONE OF HER
FAVORITES AND EVERYONE ELSE LIKED IT ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: CA00001965

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL
AS PRETTY AS PRETTY CAN BE, BE, BE
AND ALL THE BOYS ON THE BASEBALL TEAM
GO CHASING AFTER ME, ME, ME
MY BOYFRIEND'S NAME IS TONY
HE COMES FROM THE LAND OF BALONEY
WITH A PICKLE ON HIS NOSE AND THREE BLACK TOES
THAT'S THE WAY MY STORY GOES, GOES, GOES
MY FATHER GAVE HIM PEACHES
MY MOTHER GAVE HIM PEARS, PEARS, PEARS
MY BROTHER GAVE HIM FIFTY CENTS
AND KICKED HIM DOWN THE STAIRS, STAIRS, STAIRS

Submitter comment: JULIE LEARNED THIS IN EITHER MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA OR IN LEVERING,
MICHIGAN.
THREEFOLD REPETITION
FEMININE RHYMES: TONY, BALONEY
RHYME: AABB
RHYME: ABCB
SPONDEES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: CA00001968

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN
CURTSEY TO THE QUEEN
TURN MY BACK ON THE MEAN OLD KING

Submitter comment: WHILE JUMPING ROPE YOU FOLLOW THE ACTIONS DESCRIBED IN THE RHYME,
FIRST SALUTING, THEN CURTSEYING, THEN TURNING AROUND. BEEJ PROBABLY
LEARNED THIS RHYME IN THE FIFTH GRADE IN GREENVILLE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

MY NAME IS A(NNA)
MY HUSBAND'S NAME IS A(LAN)
I SELL A(PPLES)
AND I COME FROM A(LABAMA)
MY NAME IS B------
MY HUSBAND'S NAME IS B------
I SELL B--------
AND I COME FROM B-------

Submitter comment: YOU JUMP ROPE TO THE RHYME, THINKING OF WORDS BEGINNING WITH AN A TO
END EACH LINE OF THE RHYME. NEXT YOU REPEAT THE RHYME WITH TWO
NAMES, SOMETHING TO BE SOLD, AND A PLACE BEGINNING WITH B. YOU TRY
TO SEE HOW FAR YOU CAN GO THROUGH THE ALPHABET WITHOUT MISSING A JUMP
OR HESITATING TO COMPLETE A LINE. RUTH LEARNED THIS IN CHICAGO,
ILLINOIS OR IN ENDWELL, NEW YORK.
ALPHABET
ALLITERATION

Where learned: OHIO ; SOLON

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

Date learned: CA00001964

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

JUICY, LEMON, APPLE PIE, TELL ME THE NAME OF YOUR SWEETHEART, ABC...
THE LETTERS MENTIONED ARE THE SWEETHEART'S FIRST NAMES.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

ALL IN TOGETHER GIRLS
JUST LIKE THE WEATHER GIRLS
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE
JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER.
(REPEAT VERSE)

Submitter comment: AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GIRLS WOULD PLAY THIS GAME.
ALL THAT WAS NEEDED WAS A LONG CLOTHESLINE.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE ; PARKING LOT ; SAINT CLARE OF MONTEFALCO SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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JUMPROPE SONG

MISS LUCY HAD A STEAMBOAT, HER STEAMBOAT HAD A BELL,
MISS LUCY WENT TO HEAVEN AND HER STEAMBOAT WENT TO...
HELLO OPERATOR, PLEASE GIVE ME NUMBER NINE,
AND IF YOU DON'T CONNECT ME, I'LL KICK YOU RIGHT BEHIND...
THE 'FRIGERATOR, THERE WAS A PIECE OF GLASS,
MISS LUCY FELL UPON IT AND BROKE HER LITTLE ...
ASK ME NO MORE QUESTIONS, TELL ME NO MORE LIES,
FOR THIS IS WHAT MISS LUCY SAID THE NIGHT BEFORE SHE DIED.

Submitter comment: ELLIPSIS FOR HELL AND ASS
EUPHEMISM: HELLO FOR HELL
RHYME AABBCCDD
IMPERFECT RHYMES
THIS DEFINITELY HAS A TUNE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

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

Date learned: CA00001963

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