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CHILDREN'S CHANT

POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DO YOUR DUTY,
HERE COMES (GIRL'S NAME) THE AMERICAN BEAUTY.
SHE CAN DO THE RHUMBA,
SHE CAN DO THE SPLITS,
SHE CAN WEAR DRESSES,
ABOVE HER HIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): FASHION--DRESS LENGTH

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

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COUNTING OUT

PUT YOUR FEET IN CIRCLE.
SKY IS BLUE
HOW OLD ARE YOU?

Submitter comment: COUNT AGE, CONTINUE UNTIL ONE PERSON REMAINS.
INFORMANT LEARNED IT AS A CAMP GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

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IF EVER YOU MARRY

IF EVER A HUSBAND YOU SHALL HAVE,
AND HE THESE LINES SHALL SEE
TELL HIM OF YOUR FUN IN SCHOOL
AND KISS HIM TWICE FOR ME)

Submitter comment: TAKEN FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF 1963 IN REDFORD TOWNSHIP, BUT
SHE MOVED TO SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): INSTRUCTIONS

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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REMEMBER THE TURTLE,
REMEMBER THE DOVE,
REMEMBER THE DAY
YOU AND (BLANK) FELL IN LOVE.

Submitter comment: FILL IN THE BLANK WITH ANY BOY'S NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP ; WESTLAND

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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TO SAVE ROOM FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVER
I WILL WRITE ON YOUR BACK COVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND YOUR HUSBAND IS CROSS,
PICK UP THE BROOM
AND SHOW HIM WHO'S BOSS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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 48,
DON'T CALL IT A FAMILY, CALL IT THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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 LIVE IN A WELL
AND 13 KIDS WILL GIVE YOU
A SPELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLACK,
YOU LOOK BETTER WITH A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET AND SO ARE YOU.
BUT THE ROSES ARE WILTED, THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR IS LUMPY, AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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YOURS TILL THE STATUE OF LIBERTY SITS DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WHEN CUPID SHOOTS HIS ARROW:
I HOPE HE MRS. YOU!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,
HAND IN HAND WE'LL STAND THE HEAT:
IF IT GETS INTENTIONALLY HOT
PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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DEBBIE BOUGHT A LITTLE CAR,
AND IT WAS PAINTED RED,
AND EVERYWHERE THAT DEBBIE WENT,
THE COPS PICKED UP THE DEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD.
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD, AND
WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS DEBBIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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I SAW YOU IN THE OCEAN,
I SAW YOU IN THE SEA,
I SAW YOU IN THE BATHTUB,
WHOOPS--PARDON ME!!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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BABY BELIEF

SHE WAS ALWAYS TAUGHT THAT WHEN A BABY HAS AN UPSET STOMACH, THAT
SHE SHOULD BE GIVEN ESSENCE OF PEPPERMINT, OR CAMIL TEA
WHICH IS ACTUALLY TEA LEAVES.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): BABY ; CHAMOMILE ; CHILD ; CURE ; Ingest ; Peppermint ; REMEDY ; TEA

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAMOMILE?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- N466
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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BABY BELIEF

SHE WAS ALWAYS TAUGHT THAT WHEN A BABY HAS AN UPSET STOMACH THAT
HE OR SHE SHOULD BE GIVEN ESSENCE OF PEPPERMINT OR CAMIL TEA
WHICH IS ACTUALLY TEA LEAVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): CHAMOMILE? CAMOMILE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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IF EVER YOU MARRY

IF EVER A HUSBAND YOU SHALL HAVE,
AND HE THESE LINES SHALL SEE
TELL HIM OF YOUR FUN IN SCHOOL
AND KISS HIM TWICE FOR ME

Submitter comment: TAKEN FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF 1963 IN REDFORD TOWNSHIP, BUT
SHE MOVED TO SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): INSTRUCTIONS

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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