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THE FUNERAL MARCH

WHEN A DANGEROUS OR TICKLISH SITUATION IS ABOUT TO BE
ENTERED, THE PARTICIPANT(S) OFTEN HUM THE FUNERAL MARCH
(DUM-DUM-DE-DUM, DUM-DE-DUM-DE-DUM-DE-DUM).

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

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

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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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THE MOYA

THE MOYA TOOK PLACE AT A WEDDING TO GET MORE MONEY OUT OF THE CHEAPSKATES. WHEN THE OLD GEEZERS GOT DRUNK, THE MEN WOULD THROW SOME MONEY ON THE FLOOR AND SHOUT "MOYA" (SHE'S MINE). THEN THEY'D DANCE WITH THE BRIDE. EACH MAN WHO PAID HAD HIS TURN. WHEN NO ONE HAD ANY MONEY LEFT, THE HUSBAND TAKES THE WIFE AWAY AND THE (Y?) COUNT THE MONEY.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOK PLACE AT THE INFORMANT'S WEDDING IN PUNXUTAWNIE, PENNSYLVANIA ABOUT 26 YEARS AGO. IT SEEMS TO BE A POLISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life

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FOLK POETRY

DID YOU EVER SEE A HEARSE GO BY? IT MEANS YOU MAY BE THE NEXT TO DIE. THEY WRAP YOU UP IN A BIG WHITE SHEET, AND THROW YOU DOWN ABOUT SIX FEET DEEP. THE WORMS CRA; IN, THE WORMS CRA; OUT,

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.346
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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CHILD'S VERSE

IF ALL THE WORLD WAS APPLE PIE,
AND ALL THE SEA WAS INK,
AND ALL THE TREES WERE BREAD AND CHEESE,
WHAT WOULD WE HAVE TO DRINK?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FANTASY ; NURSERY RHYME

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

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
MY FEET STINK,
AND SO DO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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YOU ARE IT,
YOU ARE IT, COUNTERFIT,
CAN'T JUMPT OVR THE GRAVEL PIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): HIDE-AND-SEEK

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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COUNTING OUT

FORTY HORSES IN A STALE AND ONE JUMPED OUT.

Submitter comment: IT'S COUNTED OUT AMONG A GROUP, THE PERSON WHO IT COMES
TO ON THE WORD "OUT" IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM, IN A DISH
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?

Submitter comment: THAT NUMBER COUNTED OUT AMONG EACH PLAYER, THE LAST
PERSON IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE,
ROLLING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,
IF THE TRAIN JUMPS OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR BACK?
Y-E-S SPELLS YES AND YOU ARE NOT IT.
N-O SPELLS NO AND YOU ARE NOT IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TWO IN A HAMMOCK,
READY TO KISS,
THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN,
THEY WENT LIKE THIS. (THE WORD "THIS" IS WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN.)

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF A GROUP OF AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSES COLLECTED IN 1941

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

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

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YOUR'S 'TILL THE MOUNTAIN PEAKS,
AND SEAS THE SALAD DRESSING.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF A GROUP OF AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSES COLLECTED IN 1941.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; EUPHEMISM: HEAT FOR HELL ; PUNS ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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IF IN HEAVEN WE DON'T MEET,
HAND IN HAND WE(LL 'TAND IN THE HEAT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF A GROUP OF AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSES COLLECTED IN 1941

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS,
PRECIOUS AND RARE.
FALSE ONES ARE LIKE AUTUMN LEAVES,
FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): SIMILES RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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WHEN YOUR HAIR HAS TURNED TO SILVER,
AND LIFE'S PATH NO MORE YOU TROD.
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,
IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH SALVATION NAME MAGIC RHYME: ABCB

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

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THERE'S A GOLD SHIP
THERE'S A SILVER SHIP,
BUT MOST OF ALL,
THERE'S FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I'M WRITING ON A YELLOW PAGE
TO SAVE YOU FROM THE BLUE
FOR SOMEDAY A FELLOW WILL
BE WRITING TO YOU.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Good wishes (sincere)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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