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SONG : NARRATIVE

OH THE LORD IS GOOD TO ME, AND SO I THANK THE LORD
FOR GIVING ME THE THINGS I NEED.
THE SUN AND THE RAIN AND THE APPLESEED;
THE LORD IS GOOD TO ME.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG WAS SUNG BEFORE MEALS. IT WAS IN EITHER ROUND FORM OR
IT WAS SUNG ALTOGETHER. I SANG THIS SONG AT A GIRLS CAMP,
IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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LUCK

ON THE FIRST DAY OF ANY MONTH AS SOON AS A PERSON WAKES UP
THEY SHOULD SAY "RABBIT, RABBIT, RABBIT."
IF THEY FORGET TO DO THIS, AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN THEY ARE GOING
TO SLEEP THEY SHOULD SAY "TIBBAR, TIBBAR, TIBBAR"

Submitter comment: "TIBBAR, TIBBAR, TIBBAR." IS "RABBIT, RABBIT, RABBIT." BACKWARDS.
SAYING THIS BRINGS GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.
I LEARNED THIS IN PROBABLY JULY OF 1973.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: 686 686.1
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001970S

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DRESS

ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS GIRLS AT THIS SUMMER CAMP WORE WHITE CLOTHING.
WORE WHITE DRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD ; CAMP ARBUTUS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress

Date learned: 00001970S

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN NIGHTM SAILOR'S DELIGHT;
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS VERSE MEANS-IT WILL BE BREEZY, AND CLEAR TOMMORROW IF THE SKY
IS RED AT SUNSET, AND THE DAY WILL BE OVERCAST AND UNPREDICTABLE
IF THE MORNING SKY IS RED.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001970S

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SONG

ARBUTUS GIRLS ARE TIRED OF BEING PROPER AND PRIM
WE WANNA GO OUT AND LEAD A LIFE FULL OF SIN
WE WANT A BLOODY MARY COCKTAIL IN BETWEEN EVERY CLASS.
WE MAY BE SLOW AT SCHOOL BUT AT NIGHT WE ARE FAST.
WE WANNA LEARN TO SMACK OUR GUM, BLEACH OUR HAIR AND LOOK CREAP;
WE WANNA HANDSOME MAN TO KEEP US WARM WHEN WE SLEEP,
WE WANNA SMOKE MARIJUANA TILL THE HOUR IS LATE.
ARBUTUS GIRLS ARE TIRED OF BEING PROPER AND STRAIGHT.
ROLL OVER BABY ITS BETTER ON THE OTHER SIDE,
I REALLY MEAN IT,
ITS BETTER ON THE OTHER SIDE, WO, WO, WO, WO...WO, WO, WO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD ; CAMP ARBUTUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001970S

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TAKE ROOTS FROM THE SASSAFRAS TREE, CLEAN THEM, AND PUT
THEM IN WATER TO BOIL. THIS TEA WILL THIN THE BLOOD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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TO BRING YOU FISHING LUCK, TAKE A FISHING WORM, MASH IT
A LITTLE, SPIT ON IT, AND SAY "LITTLE WORM, LITTLE WORM--
BRING ME LUCK."

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

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IF A ROOSTER CROWS IN FRONT OF THE DOOR, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE
COMPANY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF IT RAINS WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, IT IS A SIGN THAT IT WILL
RAIN TOMORROW (THE NEXT DAY).

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF THE SUN SETS BEHIND A CLOUD BANK ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, IT WILL
RAIN BEFORE SUNDAY NIGHT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU DROP A DISHRAG, SOMEONE IS COMING SLOUCHER THAN YOU.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): SLOUCHIER?

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

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF ONE WALKS ON ONE SIDE OF A POST AND THE OTHER WALKS ON
THE OTHER SIDE, THEN THEIR LOVE WILL BE CUT IN TWO.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN GETS SCARED BY A SNAKE, THEN THE BABY WILL
BE BORN COLD.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YOU WANT IT TO RAIN, KILL A RAIN CROW AND HANG IT OVER A FENCE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU SEE A PAIR OF WHITE HORSES ON YOUR WAY TO A FUNERAL,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF A BABY SEES HIMSELF IN A MIRROR BEFORE HE IS A YEAR OLD, HE
WILL DIE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF A RABBIT CROSSES THE ROAD, TURN YOUR HAT AROUND, OR ELSE
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU SEE A NEW MOON, YOU CAN LOOK OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER AND
MAKE A WISH, AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOUR LEFT EYE ITCHES, YOU WILL BE PLEASED.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; MAYFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching eye

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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