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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND CANNOT SEE,

PUT ON YOUR SPECS AND THINK OF ME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN BY THE LADY NEXT DOOR WHO WAS ABOUT
SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WROTE IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA ; WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECTACLES GLASSES SLANG

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

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WHEN YOU'RE MARRIED AND LIVE BY THE SEA,
PUT ON YOUR SPECKS AND THINK OF ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECKS=SPECTACLES GLASSES.

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

Date learned: 00001961-1970

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WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND CANNOT SEE,
PUT ON YOUR SPECKS AND THINK OF ME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECTACLES GLASSES

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

Date learned: 01-04-1934

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RIDDLE

Q: VERY NICE, VERY NEAT -/ HAS TEETH, CANNOT EAT.
A: A COMB

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NOTION ITEMS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ASSONANCE ; REPETITION

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

Date learned: 09-29-1967

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DANDELION BELIEF

AS CHILDREN IN MAMARNECK, NEW YORK, WE BELIEVED THAT IF
YOU PICKED A DANDELION, YOU WOULD HAVE TO URINATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT WEED ; YELLOW COLOR ASSOCIATES WITH URINATION?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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BIRTH BELIEF

A PREGNANT WOMAN WHO IS CARRYING AN ACTIVE CHILD IS USUALLY
CARRYING A BOY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER, SHE ACTUALLY
BELIEVES THIS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; PASSIVE GIRLS?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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CUSTOM

THE MOST HONORED AND RESPECTED PERSON IN THAILAND IS THE KING.
HE IS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE PEOPLE, THE TEMPORAL HEAD OF
THE COUNTRY AND THE SYMBOL OF THAILAND'S CULTURE. HIS PICTURE
AND THAT OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IS DISPLAYED IN THE SHOPS, HOMES AND
OFFICES. AT THE END OF LARGE GATHERINGS,
MOVIES, PLAYS, OR RECEPTIONS
THE KING'S ANTHEM IS PLAYED AND EVERYONE STANDS AT ATTENTION.
IN THE MOVIES, HIS PICTURE IS SHOWN ON THE SCREEN AND EVERYONE IS
EXPECTED TO RISE. CRIMES OF DISRESPECT AGAINST THE KING ARE
PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SOCIAL CLASS RANK THAILAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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SOCIAL REUNION: THE SOUSE FAMILY

DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK; DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK,
DRUNK LAST NIGHT, DRUNK THE NIGHT BEFORE,
GONNA GET DRUNK TONIGHT LIKE I NEVER GOT DRUNK BEFORE;
FOR WHEN I'M DRUNK I'M AS HAPPY AS CAN BE,
FOR I AM A MEMBER OF THE SOUSE FAMILY;
AND THE SOUSE FAMILY IS THE BEST FAMILY;
THAT EVERY CAME OVER FROM OLD GERMANY.

THERE'S THE HIGHLAND DUTCH, AND THE LOW LAND DUTCH,
AND THE ROTTERDAM DUTCH, AND THE GODDAMN DUTCH,

CHORUS: SINGING; GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS, ONE KEG OF BEER FOR THE FOUR
CHORUS: OF US.
OH, GLORY BE TO GOD THAT THERE ARE NO MORE OF US,
FOR ONE OF US COULD DRINK IT ALONE, DAMN NEAR.
OH, WHAT'S THAT SMELL ON THE EVENING BREEZE,
IT'S THE GODDAMN DUTCH EATING LIMBERGER CHEESE.
CHORUS:
OH, THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS IS A HELL OF A PLACE TO BE,
THE TEMPERATURE IN THE SHADE IS A HUNDRED AND NINETY THREE;
THERE ISN'T ANY WATER, AND THERE ISN'T GRASS,
JUST A LOT OF CACTUS TO PRICK YOU IN THE....... CHORUS.

Where learned: SAILING CLUB PARTY ; SUNG AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ASS ; DRINKING SONG ; ELLIPSIS ; LIMBURGER CHEESE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 10-23-1971

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CHILDREN'S SONGS

CHORUS: FUZZY WUZZY WAS A GUY.
LOOKED LIKE A HAWK WITH AN EAGLE'S EYE.
FOOLING PEOPLE WAS HIS NAME.
FUZZY WUZZY WAS THE OLD GUY'S NAME.

1ST VERSE: OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOLE.
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON A TELEPHONE POLE.
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON A TELEPHONE POLE.
ONE FOOT SLIPPED; THE OTHER ONE FELL.
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO HELL.
CHORUS

2ND VERSE: FUZZY WUZZY HAD BIG FEET.
SPREAD ALL OVER MARKET STREET.
MARKET STREET WAS MADE OF GLASS
FUZZY WUZZY FELL DOWN AND BROKE HIS . . .
CHORUS

3RD VERSE: WAY DOWN YONDER WHERE THE GRASS GROWS GREEN.
FROG JUMPED INTO A SEWING MACHINE.
SEWING MACHINE WAS GOING SO FAST
NINETY-NINE STICHES UP HIS . . .
CHORUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): CACOGRAPHY: SOLE FOR SOUL ; ELLIPSIS ; EUPHEMISM FOR ASS ; METONYMY: SOUL OR SOLE FOR ENTIRE PERSON, BODY, ETC.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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HABIT IS EVERYTHING-----EVEN IN LOVE.

Where learned: HOME ; DORM ROOM ; Massachusetts ; TOLD IN ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): ASSONANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-23-1971

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BELIEF

TURN A BURNT HAND TOWARDS THE EAST TO REDUCE THE STING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMPASS POINT - EAST ; DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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TONIC INGREDIENTS

ALWAYS PICK FLOWERS AND ROOTS FOR TONICS. OUR SPRING TONIC WAS
SASSIFRAS AND SWEET ANISE. WE'D USE THE ROOTS OF THE SASSIFRAS FOR
TEA AND WE'D CHEW THE SWEET ANISE.
MAY APPLE ROOT AND GINSENG WERE MADE INTO MEDICINAL ROOTS AND DRIED
AND SOLD.
WE'D ALSO USE GREENS- LADY BRITCHES, POLK, DANDELIONS, ETC.-
WE'D PUT THEM IN A TUB AND WASH THEM. THEN MOM WOULD BOIL IT WITH
BACON OR PORK FAT AND YOU'D END UP WITH JUST A LITTLE BOWLFULL-
IF YOU GOT A QUART YOU WERE GOING GOOD. THEN WE'D MAKE
CORN BREAD WITH IT.

Submitter comment: HAPPENED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): POKEWEED ; SASSAFRAS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

THERE IS A HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS
THEY CALL THE RISING SUN
AND ITS BEEN THE RUIN OF
MANY A POOR BOY (GIRL) AND
GOD, I KNOW I,M ONE.

MY MOTHER WAS A TAILOR
SOLD MY BRAND NEW JEANS
MY FATHER WAS A GAMBLING
MAN WAY DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS.

(CHORUS)

NOW THE ONLY THING WITH
GAMBLING IS YOU GET AWFULLY DRY.
AND THE ONLY TIME HE IS SATISFIED
IS WHEN HE,S ROARING DRUNK


(CHORUS)
OL MOTHER, TELL YOUR CHILDREN (DAUGHTERS)
NOT TO DO WHAT I HAVE DONE.
SPEND YOUR LIFE IN SIN
AND MISERY, IN THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN.

(CHORUS)

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

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

Keyword(s): Band ; Classic Rock ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; PROSTITUTION ; The Animals

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

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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WITCH PROTECTION

SASSAFRAS TEA- MADE BY MERELY BOILING A SASSAFRAS ROOT IN SOME
WATER - IS SUPPOSED TO BE ESPECIALLY GOOD IN WARDING OFF
WITCHES.

Submitter comment:

STEVE ACTUALLY BELIEVED THIS WHEN HE WAS A KID, AND HE USED TO DRINK
IT BEFORE GOING INTO ANY KIND OF HAUNTED HOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OMEN ; Protect ; SASSAFRAS ; TEA ; WITCHES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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DOGWOOD BELIEF

THE RED MARKS ON EACH OF THE FOUR PETALS OF THE DOGWOOD FLOWER
ARE CALLED BLOODSPOTS BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT THE PASSION MARKS
OF CHRIST.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): Christ ; Dogwood ; FLOWER ; Passion ; Passion of the Christ ; RELIGION ; Represent ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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POLISH BELIEF

GDY CHTLOP TRAWE KOSI, LADA BABA DESZCZ UPROSI.

WHEN A MAN CUTS HIS GRASS, THE WOMAN BEGS FOR RAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Possible cross reference for spelling: Dybza, Helen

Updated by TRD

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): Grass ; HUSBAND ; Lawn ; POLISH ; PROVERB ; Rain ; RHYME ; Saying ; Wife

Subject headings: Custom
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

OLIVES AND EGGS ARE PASSION FRUITS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): APHRODISIAC ; Consume ; Consumption ; Eat ; Eggs ; FOOD ; Olives ; Passion

James Callow Keyword(s): APHRODISIACS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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IF YOU BACK INTO THE HOUSE YOUR GLASSES WILL NOT STEAM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DIRECTION ; Entrance ; Fog ; GLASSES ; Steam

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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MOON TIME

IF A PLANK IS LAID ON THE GRASS DURING A CERTAIN TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS UNDERNEATH THE PLANK WILL DIE IN TWO
WEEKS TIME. IF A PLANK IS LAID ON A DIFFERENT TIME OF THE
MOON THE GRASS BENEATH THE PLANK WILL STILL BE GREEN AFTER TWO WEEKS
TIME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Grass ; MOON ; Plank ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU MOVE INTO A BRAND NEW HOUSE, THERE WILL BE A DRASTIC CHANGE
IN THE FAMILY (BIRTH, DEATH, MARRIAGE).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OMEN ASSOCIATED WITH NEWNESS.

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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