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THE SKY IS BLUE,
HOW OLD ARE YOU.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
THE DOCTORS WERE SURPRISED.
BUT THEY WERE EVEN MORE SURPRISED,
WHEN MAC DONALD HAD A FARM.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; WILLIAMSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH CONNOTATION

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

Date learned: 06-00-1965

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THE FATHER BAKER STORY

IT IS A COMMONLY ACCEPTED FACT THAT WHEN THEY WERE CONSTRUCTING
FATHER BAKER'S HOME FOR BOYS (BUFFALO, NEW YORK), THERE WAS GOING
TO BE A SHORTAGE OF OPERATING FUNDS. WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO TAP
THE GAS PIPE, FATHER BAKER SAID NO, POINTED TO A DIFFERENT SPOT,
AND SAID, "DIG THERE." THEY FOUND A NATURAL GAS WELL.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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LACKAWANNA

DID YOU EVER HEAR OF LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK? WELL, I USED TO LIVE
THERE A COUPLE (OF) YEARS AGO. THE STORY AROUND THERE CONCERNING
HOW THE CITY GOT ITS NAME GOES LIKE THIS: THERE WAS THIS INDIAN
TRIBE IN NEW YORK (THE ONEIDAS, I THINK) WHO INHABITED THE
BUFFALO AREA. ONE OF THE INDIANS GOT UP ON THIS BIG OLD HILL
AND SURVEYED THE AREA. ALL THE INDIAN COULD SEE WAS WATER, SO
HE SAID, "LACKAWANNA," WHICH WAS THAT TRIBE'S WAY OF SAYING, "AS
I STAND HIGH ON THIS HILL, AND I LOOK AROUND, ALL I CAN SEE IS
WATER." AND SO THAT IS HOW LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK, GOT ITS NAME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, A RESIDENT OF THE BUFFALO AREA, SAID THAT THIS IS
WHAT THE PEOPLE TOLD HIM WHEN HE MOVED THERE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-12-1965

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LAKE ERIE

REMEMBER YESTERDAY HOW I TOLD YOU HOW LACKAWANNA GOT ITS NAME
FROM AN INDIAN STANDING ON A HILL. WELL, THE NEXT DAY, THAT
INDIAN BROUGHT THE CHIEF UP TO THE SAME HILL. WHEN THE CHIEF
GOT UP THERE HE SAID, "YOU WERE RIGHT, ALL YOU CAN SEE FROM UP
HERE IS WATER. BOY, IS THIS EVER EERIE!" SO THAT'S HOW THAT
PARTICULAR BODY OF WATER GOT ITS NAME--LAKE ERIE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID HE ALSO HEARD THIS IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): TALL TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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PROVERB

DUMBER THAN YOU LOOK

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IRISH SAYING

CAN'T THE CAT LOOK AT THE QUEEN?

Submitter comment: MEANING: HAVE I NO RIGHTS AT ALL?

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): JUSTICE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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FOOD BELIEF

IF YOU EAT SPINACH, YOU WILL HAVE LONG HAIR AND ROSY CHEEKS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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DRESS BELIEF

A BABY GIRL IS DRESSED IN PINK, ALWAYS, BECAUSE SHE WAS BORN
INSIDE A PINK ROSE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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PARODY OF "BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC"

GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH
TEACHER HIT ME WITH A RULER
I MET HER AT THE DOOR
WITH MY TRUSTY FORTY-FOUR
AND THERE AIN'T NO TEACHER ANYMORE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): ANTI-TEACHER ; EUPHEMISM

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORED BY COLLECTOR.

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INNNOCENT HARE

SPORTSMAN AROUSE THE MORNING IS CLEAR,
THE LARKS ARE SINGING ALL IN THE AIR
SPORTSMAN AROUSE THE MORNING IS CLEAR,
THE LARKS ARE SINGING ALL IN THE AIR
GO TELL YOUR SWEET LOVER THE HOUNDS ARE OUT
GO TELL YOUR SWEET LOVER THE HOUNDS ARE OUT
SADDLE YOUR HORSE, YOUR SADDLE PREPARE,
WITH A WAY TO SOME COVER TO SEEK FOR OUR HARE.

WE SEARCHED THE WOODS, THE GROUNDS ALL ROUND
WE SEARCHED THE WOODS, THE GROUNDS ALL ROUND
THE TRAIL BEING OVER THE GAME IS FOUND
THEN UP SHE SPRINGS
THE TRAIL IS OVER THE GAME IS FOUND
THEN UP SHE SPRINGS
THROUGH THE BREAKS SHE FLY
THROUGH THE BREAKS SHE FLY
FOLLOW, FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HORN
SING FOLLOW HER FORWARD THE INNOCENT HARE.

THE HUNTSMAN BLOWS HIS JOYFUL SOUND
TALLY-HO ME BOY ALL OVER THE GROUND
THE HUNTSMAN BLOWS HIS JOYFUL SOUND
TALLY-HO ME BOY ALL OVER THE GROUND
FROM THE WOODS TO THE VALLEY SEE HOW SHE CREEPS
FROM THE WOODS TO THE VALLEY SEE HOW SHE CREEPS
FOLLOW, FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HORN
SING FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HARE
ALL ALONG THE GREEN TURF SHE PANTS FOR BREATH
THE HUNTSMAN HE CRIES OUT FOR DEATH
ALL ALONG THE GREEN TURF SHE PANTS FOR BREATH
THE HUNTSMAN HE CRIES OUT FOR DEATH
REALOUT, REALOUT, RETIRING HARE
REALOUT, REALOUT, RETIRING HARE
FOLLOW, FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HORN
SING FOLLOW HER FORWARD THE INNOCENT HARE.

THIS HARE HAS LEAD US A NOBLE RUN
SUCCESS TO SPORTSMAN EVERYONE
THIS HARE HAS LEAD US A NOBLE RUN
SUCCESS TO SPORTSMAN EVERYONE

FOR THE CHASE SHE HAS LED US,
FOUR HOURS OR MORE
FOR THE CHASE SHE HAS LED US,
FOUR HOURS OR MORE
WINE AND BEER WE WILL DRINK WITHOUT FEAR
WE WILL DRINK THE SUCCESS THE INNOCENT HARE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; NEW YORK

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

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WEDDING TRADITION

ORIGINALLY, THE WEDDING RING WAS PLACED
ON THE THIRD FINGER OF THE LEFT HAND BECAUSE IT WAS THOUGHT
TO BE CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO THE HEART BY THE
"VENA AMORIS", THE VEIN OF LOVE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; WEDDING SHOWER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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WEDDING TOAST BELIEF

WHEN A BRIDE AND GROOM DRINK THEIR WEDDING TOAST, WHOEVER FINISHES
FIRST WILL RULE THE FAMILY.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): FIRST WEDDING TOAST

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: COLLECTOR'S CHILDHOOD

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DRESS BELIEF

A BABY GIRL IS DRESSED IN PINK, A LWAYS, BECAUSE SHE WAS BORN
INSIDE A PINK ROSE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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FOOD BELIEF

IF YOU EAT SPINACH, YOU WILL HAVE LONG HAIR AND ROSY CHEEKS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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BAD LUCK OMEN

ACCORDING TO THIS INFORMANT, IT IS AN
OLD POLISH SUPERSTITION THAT IF A PAIR OF
SHOES IS LEFT ON A DINING TABLE, IT MEANS
THAT A DEATH IN THE FAMILY IS NEAR.

Where learned: HOME ; BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Observation

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BAD LUCK OMEN

ACCORDING TO THIS INFORMANT, IT IS
AN OLD POLISH SUPERSTITION THAT IF ONE WEARS
A HAT INSIDE A HOUSE, IT MEANS THAT
SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WILL SOON BECOME SICK.

Where learned: HOME ; BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: SPRING 00001964

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

THE ONLY CERTAIN THINGS ARE DEATH AND TAXES

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

FLY PLEASURES AND THEY,LL FOLLOW YOU.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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