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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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FORMULAIC VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

I WENT TO THE RIVER, I COULDN'T GET ACROSS,
SO I PAID SIX BITS FOR AN OLD GRAY HORSE,
I RODE HIM IN, HE WOULDN'T PULL,
SO I RODE HIM OUT AND TRADED HIM FOR A BULL.
THE BULL WOULDN'T HOLLAR, SO I TRADED FOR A DOLLAR,
THE DOLLAR WOULDN'T PAY, SO I TRADED FOR SOME HAY,
THE HAY WOULDN'T GROW, SO I TRADED FOR A HOE,
THE HOE WOULDN'T DIG, SO I TRADED FOR A PIG,
THE PIG WOULDN'T SQUEAL, SO I TRADED FOR A WHEEL,
THE WHEEL WOULDN'T RUN, SO I TRADED FOR A GUN.
THE GUN WOULDN'T SHOOT, SO I TRADED FOR A BOOT.
THE BOOT WOULDN'T FIT, SO I GUESS I'D BETTER QUIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: IAMBIC ; MONEY FUTILITY BARTER ; RHYME: INTERNAL, IMPERFECT ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB

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

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A GOWN WITH A PARIS LABEL,
IS A THING TO SHOUT ABOUT,
IN FACT, IF I WERE ABLE,
I'D WEAR IT INSIDE OUT.

Submitter comment: JEFF HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CLOTHES FASHION ; HUMOR OVERSTATEMENT OBSERVATION WISH ; IAMBIC METER ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT, ABAB ; SURPRISE ENDING QUATRAIN CONTRADICTION

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

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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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KINDERGARTEN BABY,
WASH YOUR FACE ON GRAVY. (IN?)

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID TO SOMEONE WHEN YOU ARE SCORNING THEM BECAUSE
THEY ARE SULKING OR ACTING LIKE A BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

Date learned: 12-06-1965

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A RAINBOW AT NIGHT IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
A RAINBOW IN MORNING IS A SAILOR'S WARNING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN THE THUMB DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

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OOEY, GOOEY WAS A WORM,
A NAUGHTY WORM WAS HE,
HE CLIMBED UPON THE RAILROAD TRACK,
A TRAIN HE DID NOT SEE.
OOEY, GOOEY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A FRIEND ON HIS HOCKEY TEAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

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TEDDY BEAR HAS HIS LAIR,
UNDER (SOMEBODY'S NAME) ROCKING CHAIR.
PLEASE TAKE CARE, DON'T GO THERE,
OR YOU'LL HAVE AN AWFUL SCARE.

Submitter comment: RECITED WHILE ROCKING A CHILD TO SLEEP. ONE MUST KEEP
IN TIME WITH THE BACK AND FORTH MOTION OF THE CHAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.366

Date learned: 09-28-1965

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WHEN YOU WANT TO FIND OUT WHO IS GOING TO BE "IT" IN A
GAME OF TAG, YOU HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN STAND IN A CIRCLE.
THEY ALL HOLD OUT THEIR HANDS, MAKING FISTS WITH THEM.
ONE PERSON GOES AROUND AND HITS THEIR HANDS, ONE HAND
FOR EVERY WORD, WHILE HE SAYS IBBETY-BIBBITY-SIBBETY-SAB,
IBBETY-BIBBETY KNABBLE. THE LAST PERSON WHOSE HAND IS
HIT MUST PUT THAT ONE BEHIND HIS BACK. THE PERSON AT
THE END WHO HAS A HAND LEFT OUT IS DECLARED "IT."

Submitter comment: WE USED TO PLAY THIS WHEN I WAS A CHILD. I LEARNED IT
FROM MY OLDER SISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

Date learned: 12-06-1965

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BUBBLEGUM, BUBBLEGUM IN A DISH
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S YOUNGEST SISTER, AND THIS IS
A VERSE TO DETERMINE WHO IS IT IN A GAME BY COUNTING
FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

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COUNTING OUT

FOR EVERY WORD, YOU POINT TO A DIFFERENT PERSON:
BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN A DISH,
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?
SIX. (COUNT OUT SIX)1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
THE LAST PERSON POINTED TO IS THE PESON WHO IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

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COUNTING OUT

FOR EVERY WORD YOU POINT TO A DIFFERENT PERSON:
BLUE SHOE, BLUE SHOE, HOW OLD ARE YOU?
PERSON GIVES A NUMBER, AND YOU COUNT IT OUT. THE PERSON
WHO IS POINTED TO LAST IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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THERE ARE TULIPS IN THE GARDEN,
THERE ARE TULIPS IN THE PARK.
BUT THE TULIPS I LIKE BEST,
ARE TULIPS IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment: I READ THIS IN AUTOGRAPH BOOKS AND WROTE IT IN
AUTOGRAPH BOOKS MYSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): PUN ; TWO LIPS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 10-17-1967

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BANANAS GROW IN FLORIDA
ORANGES GROW THERE TOO,
BUT IT TAKES A STATE LIKE MICHIGAN
TO GROW A PEACH LIKE YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 12-06-1965

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND THEN GET DIVORCED
COME OVER TO MY HOUSE AND SLEEP WITH MY HORSE.
(SIGNED) MARY LYNN MCGUIRE

Submitter comment: COLLECTED IN MY SEVENTH GRADE AT ST. JAMES CATHOLIC
SCHOOL.

Where learned: FERNDALE ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE TWINS,
DON'T COME TO ME FOR SAFETY PINS.
(SIGNED) PAMELA JOHNSON

Where learned: FERNDALE ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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TWO IN A CAR,
TWO LITTLE KISSES,
ONE DAY LATER,
MR. AND MRS.
(SIGNED) LORENA SALI

Where learned: FERNDALE ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE TWINS,
DON'T COME TO MY HOUSE FOR SAFETY PINS.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN OUT OF HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK
WHICH WAS BEING PASSED AROUND THE ROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

Date learned: 12-06-1965

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
HONEY IS SWEET AND SO ARE YOU.
(SIGNED) RITA ZINSER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET SO ARE YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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