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COUNTING OUT

EENE, MEENE, MINE, MO
CATCH A FROGGIE BY THE TOE,
IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO,
EENE, MEENE, MINE, MO.
O-U-T SPELLS OUT!

Submitter comment: USED TO DETERMINE AN "IT" FOR A GAME. THE ONE LEFT IS THE "IT."

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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COUNTING OUT

APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, AND PLUMS,
TELL ME WHEN YOUR BIRTHDAY COMES.
THIS IS DONE TO DETERMINE AN "IT" FOR A GAME. ALL PLAYERS
PUT ONE FOOT INTO A CIRCLE AND THE "SAYER" GOES AROUND
SAYING ONE WORD ON EACH FOOT. THE PERSON WHO THE RHYME
ENDS ON TELLS THE "SAYER" HIS BIRTHDATE. THE COUNTER THEN
COUNTS DOWN THE MONTH AND DATE AND THE PERSON ON WHO IT
ENDS IS "OUT." THE LAST PERSON TO REMAIN IS THE "IT."

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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COUNTING OUT RHYME (SIC)

ONE FOR THE MONEY;
TWO FOR THE SHOW;
THREE TO GET READY;
AND FOUR TO GO.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE,
THREE, FOUR, SHUT THE DOOR;
FIVE, SIX, PICK UP STICKS,
SEVEN, EIGHT, LAY THEM STRAIGHT,
NINE, TEN, A BIG FAT HEN.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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WHEN YOU GROW OLDER AND LIVE IN A HUT,
SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR FIRST LITTLE NUT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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SOME WRITE UP
SOME WRITE DOWN
JUST TO BE DIFFERENT
I'LL WRITE AROUND.

James Callow comment: DIAGRAM OF WRITING ON 5 X 8 CARD

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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REMEMBER THE GIRL FROM THE CITY,
REMEMBER THE GIRL FROM THE TOWN,
REMEMBER THE GIRL THAT SPOILED YOUR BOOK,
BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN MY BOOK UP-SIDE-DOWN.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
WHEN YOU GET OLDER, YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE.
P. S. MAYBE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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OH! I WISH I WERE A BUNNY,
WITH A TAIL OF FLUFF,
FOR I'D SIT UPON YOUR DRESSER,
AND BE YOUR POWDER PUFF.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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I WISH I WERE A FISHY,
A SWIMMING IN THE ICE,
AND WHEN THE GIRLS ALL SKATED BY,
WOULDN'T THAT BE NICE.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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TULIPS IN THE MEADOW,
TULIPS IN THE PARK,
TWO LIPS IN THE GARDEN,
KISSING IN THE DARK.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,
I PARK MY FORD OUT ON THE STREET.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I PRAY THE LORD TO HOLD THE BRAKE.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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I LOVE YOU LITTLE, I LOVE YOU MIGHTY;
I WISH MY PAJAMAS WERE NEXT TO YOUR NIGHTY.
NOW DON'T GET EXCITED AND DON'T GET MISLED;
I MEAN ON THE CLOTHESLINE AND NOT IN THE BED.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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BELIEF

HEALTHY WOMEN ONLY GIVE BIRTH TO BOYS.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT SHE GREW UP WITH THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: OHIO ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

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BELIEF

HEALTHY WOMEN ONLY GIVE BIRTH TO BOYS.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID THAT SHE GREW UP WITH THIS BELIEF.

Where learned: OHIO ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-25-1968

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HICCUPS

DRINK A GLASS OF WATER FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE GLASS.

Submitter comment: THIS CURE WAS GIVEN TO ME BY MY BOSS THIS SUMMER,
WHEN I HAD THE HICCUPS.
I TRIED EVERYTHING BUT
THE WRONG SIDE IS THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE USUAL SIDE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE WE HAVE OUR RELATIVES
OVER TO OPEN PRESENTS. IN PREPARATION FOR THIS
WE PUT ALL THE PRESENTS UNDER THE TREE AND
CLOSE THE DOORS LEADING TO THE LIVING ROOM.
THE RELATIVES ENTER BY THE BACK DOOR AND GATHER
IN THE KITCHEN FOR A DRINK AND SOME TALK. WHEN
EVERYONE IS READY WE LINE UP AT THE DOOR,
YOUNGEST FIRST, AND GO INTO THE LIVING ROOM TO
OPEN THE PRESENTS. THE YOUNGEST GETS TO OPEN
THE FIRST GIFT AND THEN THE NEXT YOUNGEST
AND SO ON UNTIL EVERYONE HAS OPENED ONE
OF THEIR GIFTS. THEN IT STARTS OVER AND
CONTINUES UNTIL ALL THE GIFTS ARE GONE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

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OMEN

IF YOU DO NOT EAT YOUR DINNER I WILL PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET AND YOU
CAN EAT IT LATER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME THIS TO GET ME TO EAT EVERYTHING I WAS SERVED

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: --

Date learned: CA00001965

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TAUNT

YOU ARE AS STUPID AS A SCREEN ON A SUBMARINE.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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IT'S BETTER TO BE PROFICIENT IN ONE
ART THAN A SMATTERER IN A HUNDRED.

Submitter comment: SHE BELIEVES IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1971 ; 00-00-1985

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