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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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'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
AND ALL THROUGH THE TOWN
ST. JOSEPH WAS SEARCHING,
WALKING UP ROADS AND DOWN.
OUR LADY WAS WAITING
SO MEEK AND SO MILD,
WHILE JOSEPH WAS SEEKING
A PLACE FOR THE CHILD.
THE CHILDREN WERE NESTLED,
EACH SNUG IN HIS BED;
AND THE GROWNUPS WOULDN'T BOTHER,
"THERE'S NO ROOM," THEY SAID.
WHEN EVEN THE INNKEEPER SENT THEM AWAY
AND JOSEPH WAS WONDERING WHERE THEY WOULD STAY,
HE THOUGHT OF THE CAVE IN THE SIDE OF THE HILL.
"LET'S GO THERE," SAID MARY, "IT'S SILENT AND STILL."
THE MOON ON THE BREAST
OF THE NEW FALLEN SNOW
MADE A PATHWAY OF LIGHT
FOR THEIR TIRED FEET TO GO.
AND IN THE CAVE
IN A CRADLE OF HAY
THE SAVIOR WAS BORN
ON THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY!
THE FATHER WAS WATCHING
IN HEAVEN ABOVE,
AND SENT FOR HIS ANGELS,
HIS COURTIERS OF LOVE.
MORE RAPID THAN EAGLES,
GOD'S BRIGHT ANGELS CAME,
REJOICING AND EAGER,
AS EACH HEARD HIS NAME.
"COME POWERS, COME CHERUBS,
COME VIRTUES AND RAPHAEL;
COME THRONES AND DOMINIONS,
COME MICHAEL AND GABRIEL."
"NOW FLY TO THE EARTH
WHERE MY POOR PEOPLE LIVE,
ANNOUNCE THE GLAD TIDINGS
MY SON COMES TO GIVE!"
THE SHEPHERDS WERE WATCHING
THEIR FLOCKS ON THIS NIGHT;
AND SAW IN THE HEAVENS
AN UNEARTHLY LIGHT.
THE ANGELS ASSURED THEM
THEY'D NOTHING TO FEAR,
"IT'S CHRISTMAS," THEY SAID,
"THE SAVIOR IS HERE."
THEY HASTENED TO FIND HIM,
AND STOOD AT THE DOOR,
UNTIL MARY INVITED THEM IN
TO ADORE.
HE WAS SWADDLED IN BANDS
FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS FEET,
AND NEVER DID SHEPHERDS
SEE A BABY SO SWEET.
HE SPOKE NOT A WORD,
BUT THE SHEPHERDS ALL KNEW
HE WAS TELLING THEM SECRETS,
AND BLESSING THEM, TOO.
THEN SOFTLY THEY LEFT HIM,
THE BABE IN THE HAY,
AND REJOICED WITH GREAT JOY,
ON THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY.
MARY HEARD THEM EXCLAIM
AS THEY WALKED UP THE HILL,
"GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST;
PEACE TO MEN OF GOOD WILL."

Submitter comment: SISTER BANKERT SAID THAT IT WAS A CUSTOM FOR MANY YEARS,
FOR THE SISTERS TO MAKE UP PICTURE BOOKS OF THIS POEM FOR
NIECES AND NEWPHEWS. SISTER GAVE ME THIS COPY IN 1953.

Data entry tech comment: VARIATION OF "THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): METER: ANAPESTIC ; PIOUS, THIRD PERSON NARRATIVE ; RELIGION CHRISTMAS NATIVITY ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB

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

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O ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, THY SHINING FACE
THAT SPEAKS THY MIGHTY POWER
IN MY POCKET, FIND A RESTING PLACE,
FOR I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR.
AMEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN ; INDIRECTION SATIRE MONEY ; METER: IAMBIC, ANAPESTIC ; MOCK-PIOUS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, ABAB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CRY BABY

KINDERGARTEN BABY, WASH YOUR FACE IN GRAVY!
NA NA NA NA!

Submitter comment: THIS LITTLE DITTY IS SUNG TO THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIM WHO
HAS JUST BEEN PUNISHED AND STARTS TO CRY, OR FOR ANYONE
WHO CRIES. USUALLY ONE STARTS AND ALL THE OTHERS JOIN
IN. ONCE IT GETS GOING, IT TAKES A LITTLE WHILE TO STOP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET SAT ON A TUFFET,
EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY.
ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER,
AND SHE BEAT IT TO DEATH WITH HER SPOON.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A FRIEND IN CLASS.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

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MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN,
BLESS THESE WHEELS WE TRAVEL ON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PRAYER

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

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUSH ON THE THROTTLE,
DON'T PULL (DRINK) ON THE BOTTLE.

Submitter comment: A WARNING!

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE CAR ; DRINKING DRUNKENNESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
Food Drink -- N447

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND GO SEEK, IF YOU ARE TIRED OF TRYING
TO LOOK FOR ANYONE, YOU MAY CALL EVERYONE IN FOR FREE BY
SAYING: "OLLIE, OLLIE, OXEN FREE."

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THAT THIS SAYING ORIGINATED IN ENGLAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHAT'S YOUR NA,E
PUDDEN TAME
ASK ME AGAIN
AND I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME.

Submitter comment: USED WHILE PLAYING JACKS AND ALSO WHILE JUMPING ROPE

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN,
FIRE ON THE SEA,
YOU CAN'T CATCH ME.

Submitter comment: USED FOR JUMP ROPE AND TUG

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN, PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY HOLLER "I"

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS ALWAYS RECITED JUST BEFORE THE SEARCHER
IN HIDE AND GO SEEK WENT TO FIND THE HIDERS WHEN I WAS
A CHILD

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

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TO DETERMINE WHO'S "IT," ALL GET IN A CIRCLE, HOLDING
OUT BOTH FISTS, THUMBS UP. ONE PERSON GOES AROUND
TO EACH WITH HIS FIST CLENCHED, HITTING EACH OF
THEIR FISTS IN ROTATION, CHANTING:
BIDDY, BIBBIDY, SIBIDDY, SAB,
IBIDDY, BIBBIDY, KANOBBO.
THE LAST PLAYER TO HAVE AN OUTSTRETCHED FIST IS"IT,"
MUCH IN THE FASHION OF EENIE-MEANIE, MYNIE....

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO CHOOSE "IT" THE CHILDREN PUT THEIR FEET INTO A CIRCLE.
THEN ONE PERSON POINTS TO ONE FOOT ON EACH WORD AS HE SAYS:
EENIE, MEENIE, MINIE, MOE,
CATCH A MONKEY BY HE TOE.
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO.
MY MOTHER SAYS TO CHOOSE THE VERY BEST ONE,
AND O-U-T SPELLS OUT YOU GO.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON WHOSE FOOT THE CALLER IS POINTING AT ON THE
LAST WORD IS OUT. THE PROCESS IS REPEATED UNTIL ONE
PERSON IS LEFT. HE IS "IT."

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE,
GOIN' DOWN CHICAGO LINE,
ONE GOES EAST, ONE GOES WEST,
ONE GOES IN THE COO-COO NEXT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MEMBERS OF A GROUP HOLD OUT BOTH HANDS, FISTS CLENCHED. A
LEADER, WITH FIST CLENCHED, TAPS EACH MEMBER'S HANDS WHILE
SINGING OR SAYING THE FOLLOWING DITTY. EACH HAND IS TAPPED
ONCE FOR EACH WORD, AS IN EENY, MEENY, MINNY, MO.
ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.
THE MEMBER WHO IS TAPPED ON THE WORD "OR" IS ELIMINATED.
HE HOLDS THE FIST THAT WAS TAPPED BEHIND HIS BACK. IF
BOTH FISTS ARE TAPPED HIS IS COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. THE
LAST PERSON WITH A FIST REMAINING IS THE LEADER. THE
PROCESS IS USUALLY USED TO CHOOSE A LEADER FOR A GAME,
A TEAM CAPTAIN, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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COUNTING OUT

DURING HIDE'N'SEEK THE PERSON WHO IS "IT" RECITES THIS
VERSE:
APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER "I."
IF A PLAYER IS NOT READY HE HOLLERS "I," AND TH ONE
WHO IS"IT" WILL WAIT A FEW MORE SECONDS, AND REPEAT
THE VERSE UNTIL EVERYONE IS READY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATOES, THREE POTATOES, FOUR.
FIVE POTATOES, SIX POTATOES, SEVEN POTATOES, OR.
ALL WHO WERE GOING TO PLAY THE GAME, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE,
EXTENDED TWO FISTS INTO A CIRCLE AND ONE PERSON DID THE
COUNTING OUT. THE LAST PERSON LEFT WITH A HAND IN THE
CIRCLE WAS "IT." (FEET CAN BE COUNTED INSTEAD OF
HANDS.)

Submitter comment: NEIGHBORHOOD FORMULA

Where learned: ROYAL OAK ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

WHEN WE WERE SMALL AND PLAYED GAMES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD,
WHICH REQUIRED ONE OF US TO BE IT, WE WOULD OFTEN FOLLOW
THIS:
EACH PERSON WOULD EXTEND CLOSED FISTS IN FRONT OF HIMSELF.
THEN ONE PERSON WOULD SAY THIS WHILE TOUCHING EACH FOOT
GOING AROUND TO EVERYONE:
ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.
WHERE HIS HAND LANDED WHEN SAYING "OR" THAT PERSON WAS OUT.
THIS WOULD CONTINUE UNTIL THE LAST ONE WOULD BE IT.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR.
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.
OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

ENY, MENY, MINI, MO
CATCH A CHINAMAN BY THE TOE,
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO,
EENY, MENY, MINI, MO.
O-U-T AND OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: FROM MY FATHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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