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THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK,
HIS TRUNK WAS PACKED FOR JERUSALEM.
THE WIND BLEW ALL AROUND HIS FACE,
HIS NAME WAS AL METHUSALEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PUN BIBLICAL CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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LYRICAL VERSE

MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOES-ES ARE ROSES,
BUT MOSES SUPPOSES ERRONEOUSLY,
FOR MOSES HE KNOWS-ES HIS TOES-ES AREN'T ROSES,
AS MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOES-ES TO BE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS IN FERNDALE, MICHIGAN, FROM A YOUNG FRIEND
OF FRENCH AND POLISH LINEAGE, FORMERLY A CANADIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL NAME

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

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

MATHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN,
BLESS THE BED THAT I LIE ON!
ALL FOUR CORNERS ROUND ABOUT,
WHEN I GET IN, WHEN I GET OUT.
FOUR CORNERS TO MY BED,
FOUR ANGELS ROUND MY HEAD;
ONE TO WATCH AND ONE TO PRAY,
AND TWO TO BEAR MY SOUL AWAY.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): DEATH PIOUS SLEEPING BIBLICAL ; PIOUS ; PRAYER ; RHYME: AABB

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

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PROVERB

A CHILD SAVED IS A SOUL SAVED PLUS A LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL (RELIGIOUS)

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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ADAM SONG

CHORUS
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU, OR GAZE INTO THE SKY.
YOU WILL SEE THAT NAUGHT IS WRITTEN, BUT THE NAME OF SIGMA PI.

ADAM WAS THE FIRST MAN TO WEAR A SIG PI PIN,
NOAH WAS THE SECOND, THEY HAD TO LET HIM IN,
MOSES WAS THE THIRD ONE, WE HAD A LOT OF FUN,
WHEN JULIUS CAESAR CAME ALONG, THEY PLEDGED THE SON OF A GUN.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U. OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE'D BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE': BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED UP TO HEAVEN TO SEE WHO ALL WAS THERE,
HE FOUND A BUNCH A-HANGING AROUND THE FOOT OF THE GOLDEN STAIRS,
SOME WERE SMOKING CIGARETTES, THEY ALL WERE FEELING HIGH,
THEY ALL WERE DAMN GOOD FRIENDS OF HIS, THEY ALL WERE SIGMA PI'S.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO HADES TO SEE THE POOR LOST SOULS,
HE FOUND A BUNCH OF THETA XI'S A-ROASTING ON THE COALS,
FOR THE TEKES AMD THEATA TAUS THE SIZZLE HAD BEGUN,
WHILE SIGMA PI'S IN VELVET CHAIRS WERE WATCHING ALL THE FUN.
CHORUS
THEN IN CAME OLD BEELZEBUB, OF HELL HE WAS THE KING;
AND ALL THE LITTLE IMPS CAME IN AND THEY BEGAN TO SING.
THEY SAW THE GANG GIVE HIM A GRIP, AND THEN THEY HEARD THE CRY.
THAT HE'S A CHARTER MENBER AND A DAMN GOOD SIGMA PI.
CHORUS
NOW DON'T BE DISCONCERTED IF YOU MISS THE NARROW PATH.
OR IF YOU FLUNK YOUR MORALS LIKE YOU USED TO FLUNK YOUR MATH,
AND DON'T BE DISCONCERTED WHEN YOU HEAR THE FUNERAL KNELL,
FOR WE HAVE A STRONG ALUMNI IN THE VERY DEPTHS OF HELL.
CHORUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL FIGURES ; FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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NO GAMBLER

WHY DIDN'T THEY PLAY CARDS ON NOAH'S ARK?
CAUSE NOAH SAT ON THE DECK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THAT HE GOT THE "JOKE" FROM HIS ROOMATE,
DAVE PARKER BUT HE WOULD RATHER NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL ; PUN

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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CAIN AND ABLE

HOW LONG DID CAIN HATE HIS BROTHER?
AS LONG AS HE WAS ABLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IT FROM A PATIENT IN STS, MARY
AND ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN LOUISVILLE, KY

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LOUISVILLE

Keyword(s): ABEL ; BIBLICAL ; NAME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-22-1967

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OLD

HE IS AS OLD AS JOB.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MOTHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL CHARACTER ; OLD AGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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LYRICAL VERSE

OH, I DON'T CARE IF IT RAINS OR FREEZES,
LONG AS I HAVE MY PLASTIC JESUS,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR;
THUNDER ROAR AND LIGHTNING CRASH,
I WON'T FEAR; HE'S ON THE DASH,
TAKE HIM WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL FAR.

OH, I CAN DRIVE FROM COAST TO COAST,
LONG AS I HAVE MY HOLY GHOST,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR;
GOIN' NINETY I AIN'T WARY,
CAUSE I GOT MY VIRGIN MARY,
GUARANTEEIN' I WON'T GO TO HELL.

OH, I DON'T CARE IF IT'S DARK AND SCARY,
LONG AS I HAVE MY VIRGIN MARY,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR.

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

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL ; FEMININE RHYME ; IMPERFECT RHYME: FREEZES JESUS ; RELIGION ; RHYME: AABCCB ; SLANG FOR DASHBOARD CLIPPING ; STATUES USED AS AMULETS IN AUTOMOBILES ; TRAVEL

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

Date learned: 10-23-1971

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VERSE

THE GUYS WERE PLAYING FOOTBALL,
OUT IN THE YARD,
JESUS PLAYING QUARTERBACK,
MOSES PLAYING GUARD.
THE ANGELS GAVE A GREAT BIG YELL,
WHEN JESUS SCORED A TOUCHDOWN
AGAINST THE GUYS FROM HELL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; BIBLICAL ; Football ; God ; HELL ; JESUS ; METAPHOR ; Moses ; RELIGION ; RHYME: ABCDED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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A VERSE

SALMONE WAS A DANCER.
SHE DANCED BEFORE THE KING.
AND WHEN SHE DANCED SHE WIGGLED
EVERY LITTLE THING.

THE KING SAID, "HEY, STOP THAT
"YOU CAN,T DO THAT IN HERE"
SALOME SAID, "BALONEY"
AND KICKED THE CHANDELIER.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN OLD TRADITIONAL GRADE SCHOOL VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL HUMOR ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 11-22-1967

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PARODY

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN / BLESS THESE WHEELS WE TRAVEL ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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POLISH SAYING

GOD DOES UNTO JACOB, AS JACOB DOES UNTO GOD.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER REMEMBERS THIS PROVERB FROM POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL? ; RECIPROCITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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RED ROBIN

THE ROBIN GOT HIS BREAST RED WHEN HE PULLED A THORN OUT FROM
CHRIST'S HEAD WHEN HE WAS ON THE CROSS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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DONKEY SUPERSTITION

IN HER TRAVELS, MISS STEWART HAS SEEN DONKEYS WHICH ARE SUPPOSED
TO HAVE BEEN DESCENDED FROM THE DONKEY THAT BORE OUR LORD IN
JERUSALEM. THESE DONKEYS BEAR A LARGE BLACK CROSS ACROSS THEIR
BACKS IN COMMEMORATION OF THIS, THE REST OF THEIR BODIES BEING A
LIGHT BUFF COLOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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SNAKE MYTH

THE SNAKE LOST ITS LEGS, WHEN IT TEMPTED EVE IN THE GARDEN
OF EDEN, THE LORD COMMANDED THE SNAKE TO CRAWL ON ITS BELLY FOREVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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THE DARK STRIPE RUNNING DOWN THE BACK OF A DONKEY IS SAID TO HAVE
ORIGINATED AT THE TIME WHEN THE DONKEY CARRIED CHRIST INTO JERUSALEM

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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LEGEND ABOUT HOLY FAMILY

WHEN MARY, JOSEPH AND JESUS HAD TO GO TO EGYPT TO HIDE FROM HEROD,
THE SOLDIERS WERE CLOSE BEHIND THEM AND THEY WERE IN A DESERT
AREA. THERE WAS NO PLACE TO HIDE EXCEPT AN OBVIOUS CAVE BUT THEY
HID THERE ANYWAY. WHEN THE SOLDIERS CAME THEY DECIDED TO CHECK
THE CAVE BUT WHEN THEY LOOKED INSIDE A SPIDER HAD BUILT A WEB
OVER THE CAVE MOUTH TO HIDE THE FAMILY. WHEN THE SOLDIER SAW THE
WEB HE DIDN'T GO IN BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IF MARY AND JOSEPH HAD GONE I
THEY WOULD HAVE BROKEN THE WEB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-03-1970

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LEGEND OF CHRIST

ONCE OUR LORD WENT INTO A BAKERY SHOP TO SEEK SOME NOURISHMENT.
EACH TIME THE PROPRIETOR OF THE SHOP PUT THE DOUGH IN THE OVEN IT
GREW SO BIG THAT HE DECIDED TO GIVE IT AWAY. FOR THIS, OUR LORD
PUNISHED HIS GREED BY CHANGING HIM INTO A BIRD. THE BIRD FLEW UP
THE CHIMNEY AND BECAME A RAVEN FROM THE DUST IN THE CHIMNEY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

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RELIGIOUS LEGEND

ONE DAY WHEN THE BLESSED VIRGIN WAS WALKING THROUGH THE DESERT SHE
MARVELED AT THE BEAUTY OF THE DATE TREE. SHE EXCLAIMED, "OH",
GOD WAS SO WARMED BY HER EXCLAMATION OF JOY THAT ON EVERY DATE
PIT IS IMPRINTED AN O.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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