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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
SHE TIED HIM TO THE HEATER.
AND EVERY TIME HE TURNED AROUND,
HE BURNED HIS LITTLE SEATER.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS VERY POPULAR WHEN INFORMANT WAS IN GRADE
SCHOOL IN DETROIT (MICHIGAN) IN THE 30S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY ; SEATER=BUTTOCKS

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

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NOW I'LL TELL YOU THE STORY OF JOHNNY MC GUIRE,
HE RAN DOWN THE STREET WITH HIS PANTS ON FIRE,
HE RAN TO THE DOCTOR'S AND FAINTED IN FRIGHT,
WHEN THE DOCTOR TOLD HIM HIS END WAS IN SIGHT.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): PUN END=BUTTOCKS

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

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A HUT
SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR BABY'S BUTT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT MARTIN GRADE SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS

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

Date learned: 00001958-1960

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ONCE I HAD A MONKEY
I TIED HIM TO A HEATER,
AND EVERYTIME HE TURNED AROUND,
HE BURNED HIS LITTLE SEATER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST,
IF IT WASN'T FOR MY ASS,
MY BELLY WOULD BUST.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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COMMON DENONINATOR

NO MATTER HOW HIGH AND GREAT THE THRONE
WHAT SITS ON THE SEAT IS THE SAME AS YOUR OWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM FOR BUTTOCKS ; HUMILITY ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME:AA

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

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN OF AUSTRALIA,
WHO PAINTED HIS BUM LIKE A DAHLIA.
THE DRAWING WAS FINE,
THE COLOR DIVINE,
THE SCENT - AH}THAT WAS A FAILURE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS ; IMPERFECT RHYME: DAHLIA/FAILURE ; RHYME: AABBA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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CHILD RHYME

JOHNNY MORGAN PLAYED THE ORGAN,
JIMMY PLAYED THE DRUM,
HIS SISTER PLAYED THE TAMBOURINE
TILL FATHER SMACKED HER BUM.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): FAMILY MEMBER CHAIN ; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ; RHYME: ABCB ; SLANG FOR BUTTOCKS

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RHYME

KAREN ANNIE, SAT ON HER FANNY,
ATE A BANNANIE,
AND PLAYED THE PIANIE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A LITTLE REMARK THAT MY FATHER ALWAYS SAID TO MY SISTER
WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

Data entry tech comment: BY PROFESSOR CALLOW
WHEN ASKED IF INFORMANT'S SISTER'S MIDDLE NAME WAS ANNIE,
COLLECTOR SAID YES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG FOR BANANA, PIANI, BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.582

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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MOONING

ONE OF THE FAVORITE PRANKS IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS TO DRIVE AROUND
LOOKING FOR OLDER COUPLES THEN BEEPING THE HORN AND FILLING THE
CAR WINDOWS WITH AS MANY CHEEKS AS POSSIBLE.

Submitter comment: MOONING IS A FUN, HARMLESS PRANK THAT WE DID VERY SKILLFULLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG: CHEEK FOR BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00001970S

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WHAT DO YOU CALL REMOVING A WART FROM A POLLOCK'S BUTT?
BRAIN SURGERY!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM MY MOTHER'S GRADE SCHOOL AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
AND TIED IT TO THE HEATER
AND EVERYTIME IT TURNED AROUND
IT BURNT ITS LITTLE SEATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): "SEATER" IS A EUPHEMISM FOR BUTTOCKS ; HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE

DON'T LET THE DOOR KNOB HIT YOU
WHERE THE GOOD LORD SPLIT YOU.
THIS MEANS GOOD-BYE AND BE CAREFUL, OUT HERE IN THIS WORLD.

Submitter comment: SHE USED A PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH IN EXPLAINING THIS ITEM.
THE INFORMANT SEEMS TO REMEMBER THIS ITEM FROM HER EARLY ADOLESCENT
YEARS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD, WHERE SHE LIVED FOR 16 YEARS. SHE
WAS CUNNING IN THE WAY SHE TOLD THIS ITEM. HER ASSOCIATES IN THE
ROOM MAY HAVE PROMOTED THIS ACTION.
THIS IS A VERSE THAT SHE REMEMBERED FROM MOTHER.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): CROTCH OR BUTTOCKS

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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POLLACK JOKE

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A POLLACK KILLED HIMSELF SMOKING A CIGARETTE NEAR A CLIFF.
HE THREW THE WRONG BUTT OVER THE CLIFF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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IN ITALY, IF A GIRL IS PINCHED BY A GUY IN THE REAR,
SHE IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE IT AS A COMPLIMENT.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation Appreciation of female beauty

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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CHILDREN WHO AREN'T GETTING ALONG IN NEWFOUNDLAND
{CANADA} HAVE AN INSULTING GREETING WHICH CONSISTS
OF LIFTING UP THE RIGHT LEG OFF OF THE GROUND AND
SLAPPING THE RIGHT BUTTOX WITH THE RIGHT HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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