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AN EPICURE, DINING AT CREWE,
FOUND QUITE A LARGE MOUSE IN HIS STEW.
SAID THE WAITER, "DON'T SHOUT,
OR WAVE IT ABOUT,
OR THE REST WILL BE WANTING ONE TOO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): METER: IAMBIC ; PLACE NAMES, EATING ; RHYME: AABBA ; RHYME: MASCULINE ; SURPRISE ENDING LIMERICK HUMOR

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

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BEANS, BEANS, THE MUSICAL FRUIT;
THE MORE YOU EAT, THE MORE YOU TOOT,
THE MORE YOU TOOT, THE BETTER YOU FEEL,
SO LET'S HAVE BEANS FOR EVERY MEAL.

Submitter comment: FROM GRANDFATHER.
RECITED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): METER: ANAPESTIC ; MONOLOGUE OVERSTATEMENT FOOD ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE LESS TEST

WHEN I SET MYSELF DOWN TO STUDY,
I PRAY THE LORD I DON'T GO NUTTY;
AND IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
THAT'S ONE LESS TEST I'LL HAVE TO TAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): "NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP" ; PARODY: PRAYER TO GUARDIAN ANGEL ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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FIRST GRADE BABIES,
SECOND GRADE TOTS,
THIRD GRADE ANGELS,
FOURTH GRADE SNOTS,
FIFTH GRADE PEACHES,
SIXTH GRADE PLUMS,
ALL THE REST ARE BIG, FAT BUMS.

Submitter comment: SHE USED TO SAY THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN SCHOOL.
SHE LEARNED IT FROM SOME OF THE OLDER CHILDREN SHE KNEW
WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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ON THE FINAL SCHOOL DAY OF EACH YEAR, WE WOULD CHANT THIS
REFRAIN:
NO MORE SCHOOL;
NO MORE BOOKS;
NO MORE TEACHERS' DIRTY LOOKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; NEW YORK ; HEMPSTED ; LONG ISLAND

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

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AN ENGLISHMAN VISITING AMERICA WAS TOURING A DUDE
RANCH. UPON SEEING THE COWBOYS, HE REMARKED:
"WHAT MANNER OF MEN ARE THESE,
THAT WEAR THEIR BALLS IN PARENTHESES?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.334

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RED SKY IN THE MORNING
IS A SAILOR'S WARNING.
RED SKY AT NIGHT
IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RED SKY AT NIGHT,
SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKY IN THE MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MY FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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RAIN AT SEVEN
IT WILL END BY ELEVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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RAIN BEFORE SEVEN,
CLEAR BY ELEVEN.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.800

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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GO ASK YOUR MOTHER FOR FIFTY CENTS
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE,
HE JUMPED SO HIGH, HE TOUCHED THE SKY
AND NEVER CAME DOWN TIL THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SCHOOL'S OUT, SCHOOL'S OUT,
TEACHERS LET THE MONKIES OUT.
NO MORE PAPERS, NO MORE BOOKS,
NO MORE TEACHER'S DIRTY LOOKS.

Submitter comment: IN GRADE SCHOOL, WE CANTED THIS ALL THE WAY HOME FROM
SCHOOL IN JUNE. IT WAS AN ANNUAL OCCURENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PUSSY CAT, PUSSY CAT, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
I'VE BEEN TO LONDON TO SEE THE QUEEN.
PUSSY CAT, PUSSY CAT, WHAT DID YOU THERE?
I FRIGHTENED A LITTLE MOUSE UNDER THE CHAIR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR.
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.

Submitter comment: EVERYBODY PUTS OUT BOTH HANDS. ONE PERSON SAYS THIS
RHYME, HITTING EACH PERSON'S HAND AS HE GOES ALONG.
THE HAND HIT ON THE WORD "OR" IS ELIMINATED. PLAY
IS CONTINUED UNTIL ALL BUT ONE HAND IS ELIMINATED.
THAT PERSON IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER, HANGING OUT THE CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD? MM(E.G. BLUE)
B-L-U-E SPELLS BLUE, AND YOU ARE NOT IT.

Submitter comment: THE PROCESS CONTINUES UNTIL ALL BUT ONE CHILD IS
ELIMINATED. THAT CHILD IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 02-21-1971

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

TWO PEOPLE STAND OPPOSITE ONE ANOTHER WHILE RECITING
THIS VERSE. AS THEY DO, THEY CLAP FIRST THEIR HANDS
AND THEN THE HANDS OF THEIR PARTNER:
DOCTOR, DOCTOR HAVE YOU HEARD.
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A MOCKING BIRD.
AND IF THAT MOCKING BIRD DON'T SING,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A DIAMOND RING.
AND IF THAT DIAMOND RING DON'T SHINE,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A BOTTLE OF WINE.
AND IF THAT BOTTLE OF WINE GETS BROKE,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A BILLY-GOAT.
AND IF THAT BILLY-GOAT RUNS AWAY,
MOMMY'S GOING TO SPANK MY BOOM-ZEE-A,
AND IF MY BOOM-ZEE-A GETS SORE,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A CLOTHING STORE.
AND IF THAT CLOTHING STORE BURNS DOWN,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME AN EVENING GOWN,
AND IF THAT EVENING GOWN DON'T FIT,
MOMMY'S GOING TO SAY, "I QUIT, QUIT, QUIT."

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDRENS' SONG OR GAME

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, SHORT AND STOUT,
(HERE HE PUTS HIS HAND ON HIS HIP, WITH HIS ARM CURVED
OUTWARD AS A HANDLE WOULD BE.)
HERE IS MY HANDLE, HERE IS MY SPOUT--
(HERE HE CURVES HIS ARM OUT FROM THE SIDE OF HIM, LIKE A
SNAKE.)
WHEN I GET ALL STEAMED UP, I BEGIN TO SHOUT,
(HERE HE BENDS TO THE SIDE OF THE "SPOUT" AND PRETENDS HE
IS GOING TO POUR OUT TEA.)
TIP ME OVER AND POUR ME OUT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON BEGINS THE SONG STANDING UP:

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT "IT" HOLLER "I"
THEN EVERYONE YELLS "I," AND THE LAST ONE TO YELL IS "IT."

Submitter comment: THIS WAS USED WHEN PLAYING TAG AND YOU DIDN'T WANT TO BE
THE CHASER. I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SIGNATURE

MM[ YOURS, FOREVER AND EVER AND EVEN THEN

Submitter comment: CANNOT REMEMBER SOURCE

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; PLEDGE

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

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT
AND THOUGHT IN VAIN--
AND THEN I THOUGHT
I'D SIGN MY NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; GRADE SCHOOL ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 06-00-1961

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