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SONG

INKY PINKY MY GOOD HEN,
LAY SOME EGGS FOR A GENTLEMAN.
SOMETIMES NINE, SOMETIMES TEN,
INKY PINKY MY GOOD HEN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CANADA ON FARM.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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A HAIRY MOON

WHEN THE MOON IS FULL, A PERSON'S HAIR WILL GROW MUCH FASTER.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 04-26-1972

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WHEN THE DEVIL BEATS HIS WIFE IN HUNGARY

IN HUNGARY, WHEN IT IS BOTH SUNNY AND RAINING, THE PEOPLE
SAY THAT THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE. THE SUN REPRESENTS HIS
LAUGHING AND THE RAIN BEING HER TEARS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD FROM GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: Air / Weather / Fire
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LIGHTNING BELIEF

A CANDLE IN EACH WINDOW WILL PREVENT
LIGHTNING FROM HITTING YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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Lightning Kills

OUT ON MY GRANDPARENTS' HOME THERE WAS A SPOT ON THE WOODWORK THAT
COULD NOT BE REMOVED NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT WAS SANDED OR PAINTED.
MANY YEARS BEFORE, THE FIRST OWNER WAS SITTING AT THE WINDOW DURING
A STORM WHEN LIGHTNING KILLED HIM THERE.

Submitter comment:

Learned in childhood.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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GOD'S MOVING THE FURNITURE WHEN IT THUNDERS: "GOD'S MOVING
THE FURNITURE."

Submitter comment:

Learned in childhood.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN LITHUANIA IS VERY ELABORATE. ON CHRISTMAS
EVE, THE TABLE IS SET WITH A WHITE TABLECLOTH, 12 KINDS OF PREPARED
FISH AND IN THE CENTER--A HANDFUL OF STRAW UNDER THE TABLECLOTH, AND
DIRECTLY ON THAT, "PLOTKELES". "PLOTKELES" IS SIMILAR TO COMMUNION,
ONLY SQUARE, A PIECE OF SIZEABLE SIZE (MOSTLY 6 BY 4 INCHES). IN
LITHUANIAN, IT IS CALLED "KRISTAUS LAISKAS"--CHRIST'S LETTER. IT IS
A LETTER ANNOUNCING HIS BIRTH AND THAT HE WILL SAVE US.
WHEN EVERYONE IS SEATED, THEY SAY A PRAYER AND THEN, THE FATHER TAKES
ONE OF THE "LETTERS", HANDS IT TO THE MOTHER WHO BREAKS OFF A PIECE,
THEN TO THE NEXT OLDEST, ETC...SO ON DOWN THE LINE. THEN THE MOTHER
LETS EVERYONE BREAK OFF A PIECE FROM HER PIECE AND SO ON...
AFTER THE PASSING AROUND OF THE LETTER, THE EATING STARTS. THIS IS
THE ONE TIME THAT WE ARE NOT ALLOWED, BY LITHUANIAN CUSTOM, TO EAT
MEAT. WE PREPARE FISH 12 DIFFERENT WAYS: SMOKED HERRING, PICKLED
HERRING, WHITE FISH, OR ANY OTHER KINDS OF FISH. FISH AND VEGETABLES,
AS MUCH AS WE WANT--FOR DURING THE DAY WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED
TO EAT ANYTHING AT ALL. THERE ARE TO BE 12 VARIATIONS OF EACH FOOD:
12 FISH, 12 VEGETABLES, 12 FRUIT, 12 CAKES.
AFTER THE FISH AND VEGETABLES, THEN STARTS THE FRUITS AND SWEETS.
MOST OF THE CAKES ARE HOME BAKED, THE FRUITS MADE INTO A PUNCH OR A
FRUIT-BOWL.
TO FINISH OFF THE MEAL, THERE ARE THE TRADITIONAL "SLIZIKAI"--TASTE
JUST LIKE BREAD STICKS, ONLY THEY'RE SMALL AND ROUND. YOU PUT THEM
IN SWEET MILK (IN AMERICA--DILUTED PET MILK) AND THAT IS HOW YOU EAT
THEM.
AFTER DINNER, THERE ARE THE PRESENTS OPENING AND AFTER THAT, TIME TO
GO TO CHURCH.
WHEN YOU FIRST WALK INTO THE CHURCH, EVERYTHING IS TOTALLY DARK.
BUT AT EXACTLY MIDNIGHT--ALL THE CANDLES ARE LIT, THE CHIMES AND BELLS
START RINGING, AND THE CONGREGATION BEGINS TO SING. THERE IS A
PROCESSION AROUND THE CHURCH 3 TIMES; THEN THE PROCESSION OF THE
PRIEST, ALTAR BOYS AND GIRLS (THROW FLOWER PETALS IN FRONT OF THE
PRIEST) STOP IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH'S CRIB AND BEGIN TO PRAY. HE
PRAYS FOR THE POPE, THE PRIESTS AND NUNS, FOR THE PEOPLE , AND FOR
THE LITHUANIAN NATION (IN AMERICA, SO THAT THEIR FREEDOM WILL BE
RESTORED) (IN LITHUANIA AT THE PRESENT, THEY ARE UNABLE TO CELEBRATE
IN CHURCH). THEN HE BLESSES THE CONGREGATION WITH HOLY WATER AND THE
MASS BEGINS.
CHRISTMAS DAY IS USUALLY THE VISITING DAY OF FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.
WHEN THE PEOPLE USED TO VISIT, THEY ALWAYS BROUGHT SOMETHING ALONG,
EITHER SOME CAKES, OR CANDY OR A BOTTLE OF WINE AND A LOAF OF BREAD.
IT WAS CONSIDERED A DISGRACE TO GO VISITING AND NOT BRING SOMETHING.
THE CELEBRATING USUALLY LASTED FOR 3 DAYS, BUT NOW--FOR ONLY 1 OR 2
DAYS.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church
BELIEF -- Sign Color P680.1

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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BREAD AND BUTTER, SUGAR AND SPICE,
HOW MANY BOYS THINK I AM NICE? 1, 2,...

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 02-14-1968

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Games--Chants or Warnings

"Poison or stone poison"--player was tagged if he stepped off stones.
Chant--"Tread not purposely on pebblestones for it is the art of a fool."

"Honey Pots." The "honey pot" was a boy or girl coiled up and carried by two other children in a "chair" made by crossing the hands and arms. The players often chanted--"Carry your honey not safe and sound, or it will fall upon the ground."

It was the fate of some "honey pots" to find themselves sprawled on the ground and easy prey for marauding "bears."

 

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Meeting the King and Queen of England

A kind of trick game. All the children are kept outside the room except two, a male and a female. These two sit on two chairs with about the space of another chair between them. The chairs are draped with a sheet in order that when the "king" and "queen" sit on the chairs, the vacant space is not visible.Then one by one the other children are brought in individually and requested by the king and queen to sit between them. Of course, the child falls . . . expecting to sit on a chair but instead finding only air.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Postman's Knock

One person is outside the room. He knocks at the door and says, "I've got a letter here." Someone says, "Who for?" To which the postman gives a name and then kisses whoever the "letter" was for.

 

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Games

In jump rope slang:

Hot peppers or red hots--turning the rope very fast.

High waters--swaying the rope back and forth--each time getting higher and higher.

Run through school--Each person "runs in" and jumps once, then twice, then three times, and on up to twelve. Those who miss are considered "out."

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Jump Rope Slang

"Front doors"--face the rope as it turns clockwise, run and jump into it.

"Back doors"--face the rope as it turns counter clockwise, run and jump into it.

 

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Bob and Sue (any 2 children's names)
Sittin' in a tree
K-i-s-s-i-n-g.
First comes love
Then comes marriage.
Then comes Sue with a baby carriage.


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Games

Chuck-farthing, May-pole dancing, marbles, hoop and hide, fishing, blindman's bluff, King am I, hop-skip-jump, I send a letter to my love, cricket, leap-frog, bird-nesting, and tag.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Saying

You will never amount to anything, unless you turn over a new leaf.

Data entry tech comment:

Explanation: evils of wrong doings.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Jump Rope Rhyme

Fudge, fudge
tell the judge

Mama wants a newborn baby
Wrap it up in tissue paper
send it down the elevator,

Boy, girl, triplets, twins,
(repeat until jumper misses--what she misses on is what she'll have)

 

 

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Bathing beauty
thinks she's cutie
All she wears is a yellow suitie
If you jump to 29 . . .

 

Submitter comment:

(rest forgotten)

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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Blue bells, cockle shells
eevy, ivy over
Skip rope, who can tell
eevy, ivy, over . . .

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

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