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THIS PAGE IS BLUE
SO IS THE SKY,
AND YOU'LL BE TOO
IF YOU EVER HAVE A GUY
WHO COMES FOR YOU
AT HALF PAST TWO A.M.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN BY JAMES C. DRISCOLL IN THE INFORMANT'S
AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1936.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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WHEN YOU GET TO HEAVEN
AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO,
JUST DIG A HOLE
AND PULL ME THROUGH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S 8TH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK (1938),
ST. JOHN'S, JACKSON BY MAXINE DRISCOLL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1938

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REMEMBER ME WHEN FAR, FAR OFF.
THE WOODCHUCKS DIE WITH THE WHOOPING COUGH.
(SIGNED) DOROTHY DRISCOLL (INFORMANT'S SISTER)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
ORCHIDS WERE $10.98, WILL DANDELIONS DO?

Submitter comment: 8TH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK, ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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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MY (HEART SHAPE, PANTS SHAPE), 4, U
(SIGNED) B. A. AMELAIN

Submitter comment: ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL, JACKSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1936

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DON'T BE DISCOURAGED;
DON'T BE SAD OR BLUE,
JUST REMEMBER THE GIANT OAK
WAS ONCE A NUT LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN 8TH GRADE AT ST. JOHN'S BY JOAN COREY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1938

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WHEN YOU'RE OLD AND THINK YOU'RE SWEET,
TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND SMELL YOUR FEET.
(SIGNED) WILLIAM PINARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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IF IN HEAVEN WE DO NOT MEET,
TOGETHER WE WILL STAND THE HEAT.
AND IF IT GETS EXTREMELY HOT,
PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT.
(SIGNED) MARGARET HAUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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GOLF

NEVER UP, NEVER IN.

Submitter comment: MEANING IF THE BALL NEVER LEAVES THE GROUND, IT WILL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS PARALLELISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.500
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED,
EARLY TO RISE,
HELP ME KEEP
MY FIGURE AND SIZE.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; SLIMNESS

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

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GOLF

" NEVER UP, NEVER IN."
OFTEN THROWN ABOUT ON GOLF COURSES.

Submitter comment: MEANING IF THE BALL NEVER LEAVES THE GROUND, IT WILL
SEEMINGLY NEVER REACH THE HOLE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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SEWING: PRICKING FINGER

IF YOU PRICK YOUR FINGER WHILE SEWING, YOU WILL GET A KISS
WHILE WEARING THAT GARMENT.

Submitter comment: TOLD WITHOUT EVER REMEMBERING IT EVER HAPPENING THAT WAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; JACKSON ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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PRANK

ONE PERSON TELLS A YOUNG GIRL THAT THE COINS HE HAS CAN
FORETELL HER FUTURE HUSBAND. THE COINS ARE FLIPPED,
BUT HELD TOGETHER HIDING WHAT THEY HAVE INDICATED,
WHETHER YES OR NO TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM. FINALLY,
THE QUESTION "WHAT WILL BE MY FIRST WORDS TO HIM ON
OUR WEDDING NIGHT?" THIS TIME THE COINS ARE HELD
TIGHT AND THE GIRL SAYS (IN ANSWER TO HER OWN
QUESTION) "GIVE IT TO ME!" OR "LET ME HAVE IT!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ZIPPER GESTURE

GOING UP TO SOMEONE AND SAYING "XYZ," IS TELLING THEM
TO "XAMINE YOUR ZIPPER."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GOLF

YOU DRIVE FOR SHOW, AND PUTT FOR DOUGH.

Submitter comment: MEANING THE FINAL, AND MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN A GAME
OF GOLF IS THE PUTTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.300
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.536

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS GREEN AND BUMPY AND LEAPS BUILDINGS IN A
SINGLE BOUND?
ANSWER: SUPERPICKLE

Data entry tech comment: SUPERMAN, A CARTOON CHARACTER, HAD THE POWER TO FLY, ; AND IN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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A jar of pennies in the kitchen brings good luck.

Submitter comment: Her mom has always had one there.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): COINS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001970S

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Turn a piece of silver in your pocket upon seeing
a full moon & your wish will come true.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Lower body and legs
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- P753

Date learned: 00001980S

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When it is exactly midnight, on New Year's Eve, someone
has to be outside, and they must go in by the back door
and out through the front door, and round, and in again
by the back.

Submitter comment: Her family has done that as far back as she can remember.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00001970S

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Mock Wedding

It is a tradition in Marcie's Polish family to have a
mock wedding, the day after an actual wedding ceremony
takes place in the family. All the guests assume positions
in the wedding, and act out another wedding and reception.
They sometimes dress in strange outfits, and invent humorous
themes for the various positions in the wedding party.
Examples: a jilted lover, bride dresses like a whore, the
groom is too drunk to stand up straight, etc.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): pretend

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Favorites
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001970S

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