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ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO,
THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATOE,
SEVEN POTATO, ORR.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME IS USED TO DETERMINE WHO GETS TO GO FIRST, IN
JUMPING ROPE. THE WAY THAT IT IS DONE IS THAT ALL THAT
ARE PLAYING PUT IN A HAND AND A LEADER CALLS OUT THIS
RHYME, AND AT EACH NUMBER TOUCHES THE HAND OF ONE
PERSON. AT ORR, THE HAND WHO IS TOUCHED IS OUT.
THIS IS CONTINUED UNTIL ONLY ONE REMAINS, AND SHE IS
THE ONE WHO GOES FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

SKY BLUE, SKY BLUE, WHO'S IT? NOT YOU.
THIS IS TO DETERMINE WHO'S "IT" IN A GAME. EACH PLAYER
PUTS ONE FOOT IN WITH EACH SYLLABLE OR WORD SAID A
DIFFERENT FOOT IS TOUCHED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING OUT CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER SOCKED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR BLOOD CAME OUT?
(SPELL COLOR CHOSEN) AND YOU ARE NOT IT.
THIS IS USED TO DETERMINE WHO'S "IT" IN A GAME. ALL THE
PLAYERS PUT ONE FOOT IN. WITH EACH SYLLABLE OR WORD
SAID A DIFFERENT FOOT IS TOUCHED. THE PLAYER WHO'S
FOOT IS TOUCHED ON THE WORD OUT GETS TO PICK THE COLOR
OF THE BLOOD. THE PERSON'S FOOT IS TOUCHED ON THE WORD
"IT" IS NOT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

BOY SCOUT, BOY SCOUT, WALK OUT
THIS IS USED TO DETERMINE WHO'S"IT" IN A GAME. EACH
PLAYER PUTS ONE FOOT IN. WITH EACH WORD SAID A DIFFERENT
FOOT IS TOUCHED. THE PLAYER'S FOOT THAT IS TOUCHED
ON THE WORD OUT IS NOT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

I LIT A MATCH AND IT WENT OUT.
THIS IS TO DETERMINE WHO'S IT IN A GAME. EACH PLAYER
PUTS ONE FOOT IN. WITH EACH WORD SAID A DIFFERENT
FOOT IS TOUCHED. THE PLAYER'S FOOT THAT IS TOUCHED
ON THE WORD OUT IS NOT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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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

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER 9
GOING DOWN THE CHICAGO LINE,
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
(YES OR NO) Y-E-S SPELLS YES AND OUT YOU GO.
WHILE SINGING THIS, THE CHILD IS HITTING EACH PERSON ON
THE FOOT. THE CHILD LEFT IS THE ONE THAT IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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REFRAIN:
BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY
BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY
SILLY AND FOOLISH, ALL DAY LONG.
BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY.

VERSES:
A HORSE AND A FLEA AND THREE BLIND MICE
SAT ON A CURBSTONE SHOOTING DICE
THE HORSEY SLIPPED AND IT FELL ON THE FLEA.
AND THE FLEA SAID, "OPPS, THERE'S A HORSEY ON ME."

A PENGUIN BY THE NAME OF JOE,
WAY UP NORTH WHERE THERE'S ICE AND SNOW,
GOT SO TIRED OF BLACK AND WHITE,
THAT HE WORE PINK PAJAMAS TO A PARTY ONE NIGHT.

Submitter comment: DONE TO A SYSTEM OF HAND CLAPPING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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ROPE-JUMPING RHYME

DUMMI, DUMMI, DODO,
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,
I CAN RUN FASTER,
THAN ANY ONECAN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE OPENING RHYME USED IN STARTING SOME SORT OF
JUMP ROPE GAME. PLAYER, WHILE JUMPING, WILL SAY THIS
RHYME AND THEN JUMP OUT, NEXT PLAYER WILL JUMP IN AND
JUMP OUT AND SO ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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REMEMBER GRANT
REMEMBER LEE
THE HECK WITH THEM,
REMEMBER ME.

Submitter comment: THIS LITTLE VERSE IS ONE IN WHICH INFORMANT SAID SHE USED
A LOT WHILE AUTOGRAPHING YEARBOOKS WHILE STILL IN
HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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I WISH YOU LUCK, I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
AND WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL.
AND WHEN HER HAIR IS UP IN PINS,
I WISH YOU THEN A SET OF TWINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 00001961-1962

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
WHEN I TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE, I THINK OF YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE GREEN,
YOU'RE THE PRETTIEST GIRL THAT I'VE EVER SEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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I (PICTURE OF AUTO) GIGGLE,
I (PICTURE OF AUTO) LAUGH,
BECAUSE YOU WANT MY (PICTURE OF AUTO) GRAPH!

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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G. I. COAT
G. I. HAT
GI THIS AND
GI THAT
GI LIKE YOU
GI I DO
GI HOPE
YOU LIKE ME TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

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WAY DOWN SOUTH IN THE LAND OF COTTON,
MY FEET STINK, BUT YOURS ARE ROTTEN..

Submitter comment: FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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BELIEF

NEVER GIVING A NEW WALLET TO SOMEONE WITHOUT A NEW PENNY IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-12-1968

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN WE VISITED SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE FIRST OF THE
YEAR, WE HAD TO TAKE SOMETHING TO THEM. IF THE FAMILY WAS NOT
TAKEN SOMETHING, THEY WOULD BE IN NEED THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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