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WHEN SAILING IN ANY OF THE GREAT LAKES AROUND MICHIGAN
IT IS VERY UNLUCKY TO MENTION THE EDMUND FITZGERALD.
THE INFORMANT GIVES ONE EXAMPLE BASED IN ONTARIO WHERE
THE CREW, WHEN FINISHED WITH THEIR JOURNEY ON THE LAKES
WAITED UNTIL THEY GOT ONTO THE DOCK AND THEN SANG " THE
WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD" IN FULL AS A KIND OF THANK YOU
FOR MAKING THE TRIP SAFELY. THE INFORMANT ALSO CLAIMS THAT
ONE TIME HE WAS OUT ON THE LAKES IN A BOAT WITH A FRIEND AND
AFTER TALKING ABOUT THE EDMUND FITZGERALD THEY HAD PROBLEMS
WITH THE RUDDER ON THE BOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHARLEVOIX

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 07-00-1989

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IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN THE TOURISTS ARE REFERRED TO AS "FUDGIES"
BECAUSE THEY BUY SO MUCH FUDGE AND THERE ARE SO MANY FUDGE
SHOPS TO ACCOMMODATE THEM. LATELY THE TOURISTS HAVE ALSO
BEEN CALLED "WAFFLIES" BECAUSE THEY'RE STARTING TO BUY MORE
WAFFLE CONES THAN FUDGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHARLEVOIX

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word
SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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Old Bald-Headed Chineseman

My mommy done told me to open the door, and oh I did not want to.
I opened the door, he fell to the floor, the old bald-headed Chineseman.
My mommy done told me to give him a drink, but oh I did not want to.
I gave him a drink, he drank out the sink, the old bald-headed Chineseman.
My mommy done told me to take off his hat, but oh I did not want to.
I took off his hat, he was as bald as a bat, the old bald-headed Chineseman.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; MICHIGAN ; CHARLEVOIX

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

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There's a Hole in the Bucket

There's a hole in the bucket dear Liza, dear Liza, there's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza -- a hole.
We'll mend it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, we'll mend it dear Henry, dear Henry mend it.
With what shall I mend it dear Liza, dear Liza, with what shall I mend it dear Liza with what?
With a straw dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a straw dear Henry a straw.
But the straw is too long dear Liza, dear Liza, but the straw is too long, dear Liza, too long.
We'll cut it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, we'll cut it dear Henry, cut it.
With what shall I cut it dear Liza, dear Liza, with what shall I cut it, dear Liza with what?
With an ax dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry with an ax dear Henry an ax.
But the ax is too dull dear Liza, dear Liza, but the ax is too dull, dear Liza too dull.
We'll sharpen it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, we'll sharpen it dear Henry sharpen it.
With what shall I sharpen it dear Liza, dear Liza, with what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza with what?
With a stone dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a stone, dear Henry a stone.
But the stone is too dry dear Liza, dear Liza but the stone is too dry, dear Liza too dry.
We'll wet it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, we'll wet it, dear Henry wet it.
With what shall I wet it dear Liza, dear Liza, with what shall I wet it, dear Liza with what?
With water dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry with water, dear Henry, dear Henry water.
With what shall I fetch it dear Liza, dear Liza, with what shall I fetch it dear Liza, with what?
With a bucket dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a bucket, dear Henry a bucket.
But there's a hole in the bucket dear Liza, dear Liza, there's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza a. . .hole.



 

Submitter comment:

Learned in Charlevoix, Michigan, from a friend, summer of 1963.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CHARLEVOIX

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

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