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SONG

(G) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?"
(B) MY NAME IS LEMME."
(G) "LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?"
(B) " LEMME KISS YA."

(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME IS IDA."
(B) "IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "IDA WANTA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME'S ALASKA."
(B) "ALASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "ALASKA MY MAMA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
(G) MY NAME IS OLLIE.
(B) OLLIE WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
(G) OLLIE-RIGHT}
(THEY KISS)

Submitter comment: CHILDREN'S SONG TO BE SUNG BY A GIRL AND BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PUNS ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW? DO THEY WOBBLE TO AND FRO?
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A KNOT? CAN YOU TIE THEM
IN A BOW? CAN YOU THROW THEM OVER YOUR
SHOULDER LIKE A CONTINENTAL SOLDIER?
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): EARS ; HYPERBOLE ; STRUCTURE: QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

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

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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CHILDREN'S SONG

OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, BILLY BOY, BILLY BOY
OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, CHARMING BILLY
I HAVE BEEN TO SEEK A WIFE
SHE'S THE JOY OF MY LIFE
BUT SHE'S A YOUNG THING, AND CANNOT
LEAVE HER MA.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ALL I CAN RECALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; SAINT MARK ; SAINT MARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keyword(s): PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S A
HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.
WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, FIX IT.
WITH WHAT SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW.
WITH SHALL I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT SHALL
I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A KNIFE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A KNIFE, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A KNIFE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A STONE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A STONE,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A STONE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH WATER, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH WATER, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WATER
WITH WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH
WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A BUCKET,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A BUCKET.
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S
A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN THE DAY CAMPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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"CERTAINLY LORD"

HAVE YOU GOT GOOD RELIGION ?
CERTAINLY LORD
HAVE YOU GOT GOOD RELIGION ?
CERTAINLY LORD
HAVE YOU GOT GOOD RELIGION ?
CERTAINLY LORD, CERTAINLY LORD
CERTAINLY, CERTAINLY, LORD

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG IN INSPIRATION BACK AND FORTH
FROM ONE MEMBER TO THE OTHER. USUALLY
ONE PERSON STARTS OFF ASKING THE QUESTION
PART OF THE SONG AND CAN ASK ANY
OTHER QUESTION IN SONG AND THE
MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH RESPOND WITH
"CERTAINLY LORD". IT CAN BE SUNG FAST OR
SLOW, WITH OUT MUSIC OR WITH IT.
HOWEVER, HAND CLAPPING AND FOOT
TAPPING IS ALWAYS ACCEPTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 02-13-1971

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LEMME KISS YUH

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YOU.

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS IDA.
IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
IDA,NT (DON,T) WANTA}

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH}

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS ASKA.
ASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
ASKA MY MOMMIE}

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH}

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS OLLIE.
OLLIE WHAT LITTLE LITTLE GIRL?
OLLIE RIGHT} (PUCKER LIPS AND KISS THE AIR)

Submitter comment: OBTAINED FROM CAMP STAPLETON ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO. ONE OF THE
COUNSELORS TAUGHT IT TO US AS WE SAT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
SINGING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GESTURE ; KNOCK KNOCK JOKE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER

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

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WHO'S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

WHO'S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET?
AND WHO'S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS?
AND WHO'S GONNA KISS YOUR RUBY RED LIPS?
WHO,S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
PAPA'S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.

IF PAPA,S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
THEN WHO'S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS?
AND WHO,S GONNA KISS YOUR RED RUBY LIPS?
WHO,S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
MAMA,S GONNA GLOVE MY PRETTY LITTLE HANDS,

IF PAPA,S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
AND MAMA,S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS,
THEN WHO,S GONNA KISS YOUR RED RUBY LIPS?
WHO,S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?
I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
BROTHER,S GONNA KISS MY RED RUBY LIPS,
I DON,T NEED NO MAN.

IF PAPA,S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
AND MAMA,S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS,
AND BROTHER,S GONNA KISS YOUR RED RUBY LIPS,
WHO,S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
I DON,T NEED NO MAN.
THE ONLY, ONLY MAN I EVER DID LOVE,
IS ON THAT TRAIN AND GONE.
THE LONGEST TRAIN I EVER DID SEE,
WAS A HUNDRED COACHES LONG.
AND ON THAT TRAIN WAS THE ONLY, ONLY MAN.
AND ON THAT TRAIN AND GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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VERSE

WANT A PENNY?
GO ASK AUNT GENNY.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CONNECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: PARENTS

Keyword(s): FAMILY ; FEMININE RHYME ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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VERSE

MOTHER, MOTHER, WHAT IS THAT
HANGING DOWN OLD GRANDMA'S BACK?
SHUT YOUR MOUTH YOU DIRTY THING,
THAT'S YOUR GRANDMA'S CORSET STRING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS SAID WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD DURING THE 1920,S

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DIALOGUE ; IMPROPRIETY ; QUESTION AND ANSWER ; RHYME: ABCC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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"THE COOKIE JAR SONG"

DAD: "MOMMY STOLE A COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR."
MOM: "WHO, ME?"
FAMILY: "YES YOU!"
MOM: "COULDN'T BE!"
FAMILY: "THEN WHO?"
MOM: "DADDY STOLE A COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR!"
DAD: "WHO, ME?"

Submitter comment: THIS SONG CAN CONTINUE ON UNTIL THE FAMILY
DECIDES TO STOP SINGING. IT CAN BE STARTED BY
ANY MEMBER, AND IS TOSSED RANDOMLY FROM PERSON TO PERSON
DEPENDING ON THE PREVIOUSLY CHOSEN STEALER'S PREFERENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED ITEM AS A BOY

Keyword(s): SNACK

James Callow Keyword(s): QUESTION AND ANSWER DIALOGUE

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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Retort

Wise Guy?

What are you? A wise guy or a truck driver?

(Question and answer given to someone who has made a wise remark.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [W400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Class?

What's the answer?

Keyword(s): Answer ; Language ; QUESTION ; Remark ; RETORT ; SLANG ; Truck Driver ; Wise Guy

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

When someone says "I thought..." you say "You know what Mr. Thought did."

They probably will want to know what he did so you tell him: "He thought a razor blade was toilet paper and he cut his behind."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V501] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Taste??

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; QUESTION ; razor ; RETORT ; Saying ; Think ; Thought ; Toilet Paper

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

Telephone Answer:

"Riedy's Morgue, you kill 'em, we chill 'em!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Chill ; GREETING ; Kill ; Morgue ; RHYME ; Saying ; TELEPHONE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Saying

Telephone Answer:

"Riedy's Morgue, You stab 'em, we slab 'em!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Morgue ; Morgue ; Saying ; Slab ; Stab ; TELEPHONE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

"Surprise" Verse:

Question: Inchme and Pinchme were walking across the bridge. Inchme fell in. Who was left?

Answer: Pinchme. (At this, the person who responded recieves a pinch.)

Submitter comment:

Informant learned this through experience during childhood - Plymouth MI, 1940's.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Not Verse?

Original BN [C800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Answer ; Inch ; JOKE ; Language ; Pinch ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; QUESTION ; RHYME ; SURPRISE ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

Narrative Verse: (Circular):

That's Tough! What's Tough?

Life. What's Life? A Magazine.

How much? 10 cents. Only have 5cents.

That's Though! What's Tough?

Life. What's Life? A Magazine.

How Much? 10 cents. Only have 5.

That's Tough! etc.etc.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C720] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Really a Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): A Round ; Answer ; Circular ; GAME ; Language ; LIFE ; MAGAZINE ; MONEY ; QUESTION ; Tough ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

Telephone Answer:

"Ring...."

"City Morgue, you stab 'em, we slab 'em." (sic)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Keyword(s): Answer ; JOKE ; Language ; Morgue ; RHYME ; Slab ; Stab ; TELEPHONE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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