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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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AUTOGRAPH VERSES

I'V NEVER BEEN TO COLLEGE,
I'V NEVER BEEN TO SCHOOL,
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO KISSING,
I'M AN EDUCATED FOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

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AUTOGRAPH VERSES

GOOD FORTUNE
GOOD FRIENDS
MUCH HAPPINESS TO THE END.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: CA00001957

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AUTOGRAPH VERSES

SOMETIMES I'M MEAN,
SOMETIMES I'M NICE,
BUT TO BE MEAN,
I'LL SIGN MY NAME TWICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: CA00001957

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AUTOGRAPH VERSES

ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
I KISSED A JACKASS,
AND THOUGHT IT WAS YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: CA00001957

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AUTOGRAPH VERSES

IT'S THE SONGS WE SING,
AND THE SMILES WE WEAR.
THAT MAKE THE SUNSHINE,
EVERYWHERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: CA00001957

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AUTOGRAPH VERSES

FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE CHINA,
PRECIOUS, RICH AND RARE.
ONCE THAT IS BROKEN,
THE CRACK IS ALWAYS THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Date learned: CA00001957

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THE HOOK

A COUPLE WERE PARKED AT A LOVER'S LANE NEAR JACKSON STATE PRISON.
WHILE LISTENING TO THE RADIO, THEY HEARD THAT A MAN ESCAPED FROM
PRISON. HE WAS DESCRIBED AS HAVING A HOOK FOR ONE OF HIS HANDS.
AFTER STAYING THERE FOR A WHILE, THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE. WHEN
THE BOY GOT OUT OF THE CAR TO OPEN THE DOOR FOR THE GIRL, HE FOUND
THE HOOK ON THE CAR DOOR (PASSENGER SIDE).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

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MILITARY SAYING

DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD TO DO, WHEN YOU ARE TOLD TO DO IT, AND THEN
GO SIT ON YOUR ASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

ONCE BURNED, TWICE SHY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUTION ; FIRE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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SWEET-PEA SUPERSTITION

ALL SWEET-PEA PLANTS MUST BE PLANTED ON GOOD FRIDAY IN ORDER FOR THEM
TO GROW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT NEGLECTED TO DO SO ONE YEAR AND PLANTED THEM ONE WEEK LATE,
AND THEY DID NOT GROW THAT YEAR.

Where learned: SAINT MARYS AND GRAND ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS AN OLD MAN OF PERU/ WHO DREAMED HE WAS KISSING HIS SHOE.
HE AWOKE IN THE NIGHT/ IN A TERRIBLE FRIGHT,/ AND FOUND IT WAS
PERFECTLY TRUE }

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABBA

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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SUPERSTITION

I HAVE A T-SHIRT THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY SOME FRIEND I
WORK WITH. BUT EVERYTIME I'VE WORN THAT SHIRT UNDER MY
HOCKEY EQUIPMENT, I'VE HAD TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY WARD
AT THE HOSPITAL. FIRST I GOT A CUT UNDER THE CHIN AND
FIVE STITCHES WERE NEEDED TO STOP THE BLEEDING. TWO
WEEKS LATER (ON 04121979) I GOT A STICK ACROSS THE NOSE.
THIS TIME NO STICHES WERE NEEDED, BUT I SPENT THREE
HOURS IN THE HOSPITAL BEFORE I WAS ABLE TO GO HOME AT 2:30 AM.
I HAVE DECIDED TO RETURN THE SHIRT, AND IF HE DOESN'T WANT
IT, IT WILL BE BURNED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

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PROVERB

ONCE BURNED TWICE SHY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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PARODY OF A NURSERY RHYME

MARY HAD A LITTLE WATCH,
SHE SWALLOWED IT ONE DAY,
SHE TOOK SOME CASTOR OIL,
TO PASS THE TIME AWAY.
THE CASTOR OIL DID NOT WORK,
THE TIME IT DID NOT PASS,
SO IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TIME,
JUST LOOK UP MARY'S BROTHER-
HE'S GOT A WATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

I NEVER SAW A PURPLE COW,
I NEVER HOPE TO SEE ONE,
BUT IF THERE ARE PURPLE COWS,
I'D RATHER SEE THAN BE ONE.

Submitter comment: IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE THIRD LINE OF THIS RHYME MAY ALSO BE,
"BUT I CAN TELL YOU HERE AND NOW", OR "BUT I CAN TELL YOU ANYHOW".
THE INFORMANT WAS UNAWARE OF THESE TWO OTHER VERSIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: 730 730.328
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 11-14-1979

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IF BULLSHIT WERE MUSIC YOU'D BE THE BAND.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING ORIGINATED FROM THE INFORMANT'S GRANDFATHER AND IT HAS
BEEN PASSED DOWN IN HER FAMILY SINCE THEN. THE INFORMANT LEARNED TH
SAYING WHEN SHE WAS APPROXIMATELY FOUR YEARS OLD.
THIS SAYING IS USED AS A RETORT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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BABY, BABY

BABY, BABY IN THE TUB,
SUDDENLY HE PULLED THE PLUG.
OH MY GOODNESS,
OH MY SOUL,
THERE GOES BABY DOWN THE HOLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS RHYME WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

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

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT KIND OF FISH HAS A RIGHT KNEE AND A LEFT KNEE?
A TUNEE FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON TUNA FISH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-17-1979

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HOLY SATURDAY CUSTOM

EVERY HOLY SATURDAY A FEW MEMBERS OF THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY FILL TWO
BASKETS WITH KIELBASA, BREAD, CANDY, COLORED EGGS, CAKE, SALT AND
PEPPER, AND MARGARINE AND BRING IT TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH TO
HAVE IT BLESSED. AFTER THEY RETURN HOME A MEAL IS COOKED WITH THE
BLESSED FOOD AND IT IS EATEN SOME TIME AFTER NOON. THIS IS THE
FIRST MEAL OF THE DAY FOR THE FAMILY. THEY DO NOT EAT ANYTHING
BEFORE THIS MEAL. THE LEFTOVERS ARE EATEN THROUGHOUT THE REST OF TH
EVENING. ALL OF THE EGG SHELLS AND CANDY WRAPPERS ARE COLLECTED IN
A BAG AND ARE BURNED LATER (SINCE THEY WERE BLESSED).

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CZECHOSLOVAKIAN CUSTOM THAT WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT'S
GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday

Date learned: 11-12-1979

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