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THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S A
HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.
WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, FIX IT.
WITH WHAT SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW.
WITH SHALL I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT SHALL
I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A KNIFE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A KNIFE, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A KNIFE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A STONE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A STONE,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A STONE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH WATER, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH WATER, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WATER
WITH WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH
WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A BUCKET,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A BUCKET.
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S
A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN THE DAY CAMPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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GOOD LUCK FOR A SAILOR

SOME BABIES ARE BORN WITH A THIN VEIL OF SKIN OVER THEIR FACES.
SAILORS WILL PAY A GREAT PRICE FOR THIS SKIN BECAUSE
IT WILL PREVENT SHIPWRECK WHILE ON A JOURNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; EAST QUAD ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CAUL

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER

THE WOMAN GOT MEN LIKE WE ALL KNOW.

SOME SAY MAN BUT I SAY NO
TO FIND OUT WHICH ONE IS SMARTER.
I SAY LET US PUT MAN AND WOMAN TOGETHER.

CHORUS:
NOT ME. IT,S THE PEOPLE WHO SAY
THAT THE MEN ARE LEADING THE WOMEN ASTRAY.
BUT I SAY THAT THE WOMEN OF TODAY
ARE SMARTER THAT THE MEN IN EVERY WAY.

I SUPPORT A LITTLE GIRL INDEPENDENTLY
SHE SAID SHE WAS MAKING BABY FOR ME.
WHEN THE BABY BORN I WENT TO SEE.
THE EYES WERE BLUE, IT WAS PORTUGUESE.

ADAM AND EVE LIVED IN PARADISE
THEY LAY ALL DAY. EVERYTHING WAS NICE.
TILL EVE MET THE SNAKE. PARADISE LOST.
SHE MADE ADAM WORK FROM THAT DAY ON.

CHORUS
METUSELEM SPENT ALL HIS LIFE IN JEST
HE LIVED WITH ONE WOMAN NINE-HUNDRED YEARS
ONE DAY HE DECIDED TO HAVE SOME FUN.
HE NEVER LIVED TO SEE NINE-HUNDRED AND ONE.
CHORUS

Submitter comment: CASSETTE TAPE AVAILABLE.

Where learned: THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

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

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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RECIPE - AN UKRANIAN DISH CALLED PEROGIES

YOU TAKE ANY ORDINARY PIE CRUST PASTRY AND CUT IT INTO SMALL
SQUARES. YOU FILL THESE SQUARES WITH EITHER; MASHED POTATOES,
CHEESE OR SAUREKRAUT. YOU THEN PRESS ANOTHER SQUARE OF PASTRY OVER
THIS FILLING. THESE ARE BAKED AT 350 DEGREES FOR ABOUT FORTY-FIVE
MINUTES. THEY ARE THEN SERVED WITH SOUR CREAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: 03-02-1971

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SPAGHETTI TEST

IF YOU THROW SPAGHETTI ON A WALL AND IT STICKS, IT MEANS IT'S DONE.
I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS ACTUALLY TRUE, BUT THE INFORMANT TOLD ME
IT WORKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process

Date learned: 10-06-1971

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BOURSCHE SOUP

THIS IS A UKRAINIAN BEET SOUP.
YOU MIX BEETS AND WATER TOGETHER. ADD CELERY, PARSLEY, CATSUP,
AND ONIONS. SOME PEOPLE ADD SOUR CREAM WHEN SERVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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IT IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM TO MIX POPPIES AND WHEAT TOGETHER AT
CHRISTMAS TIME. THEN TAKE THE MIXTURE IN A SPOON AND THROW IT IN THE
AIR AND TRY TO CATCH IT. IF YOU CATCH IT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; DORMS ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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BELIEF

IF YOU ARE BAD BEFORE CHRISTMAS YOU WILL GET COAL IN YOUR
STOCKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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YEAR BOOK ENTRY

CAN'T THINK.
BRAIN DUMB.
INSPIRATION WON'T COME.
POOR INK.
DUMB PEN.
GOOD LUCK.
AMEN.

Submitter comment: ENTERED IN INFORMANT'S BOOK 1967

Data entry tech comment: CORRECTED SPELLING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Invitation to write, inscription in relation to owner of the book

Date learned: 10-13-1971

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TOM SWIFTIE

I DON'T LIKE STICK SHIFT, TOM SAID AUTOMATICALLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 01-00-1972

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ITCH ME, PINCH ME

ITCH ME AND PINCH ME WENT BOAT-RIDING. IF ITCH ME
FELL OUT THEN WHO WAS LEFT?
ANSWER: PINCH ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 11-30-1970

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CHURCH CUSTOM

FAMILY ROSARY: A LARGE ROSARY, BIG ENOUGH SO THAT ALL
THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY COULD HOLD IT AND PRAY
TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: ETHNIC CUSTOM FROM FLINT, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS,/ THERE SAT ---SWEET
AS A ROSE./ SHE SANG, SHE SANG, SHE SANG SO SWEET.
ALONG CAME---AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK.
HOW MANY KISSES DID HE GIVE HER? (COUNT)

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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PROVERBS

MOST OF US DON'T PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD UNTIL WE GET THE OTHER
ONE IN HOT WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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WHEN IN DOUBT - DON'T

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CAR-WASHING

WHEN YOU'RE DONE WITH YOUR CAR, YOU CAN WASH MINE.

Submitter comment: WHILE WASHING MY CAR, APPROXIMATELY 12 PERSONS IN A 20 MINUTE PERIOD
USED THE ABOVE IN PLACE OF A GREETING.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS ; TOLD IN ; PARKING LOT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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IT SEEMS THAT ONE NIGHT RAY ROWLAND, MY ROOMMATE AND A
HIGH SCHOOL BUDDY OF HIS WERE IN THE ROOM. SOMETHING
HAD HAPPENED ABOUT WHICH THEY FELT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF
PRIDE, I GUESS. THE NEXT THING I SAW WAS RAY AND JERRY
APPROACHING EACH OTHER AS IF TO SHAKE HANDS. BUT WHAT
HAPPENED WAS DEFINITELY A HANDSHAKE IN THE NORMAL SENSE
OF THE WORD, ANYHOW. WITH THEIR RIGHT HANDS, THEY
TOUCHED THUMBS IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE TOPS OF THE HANDS
FACED EACH OTHER. THEN THE HANDS SWUNG AROUND AND THE
BOTTOMS TOUCHED, THUMBS STILL TOUCHING. UPON THE
RELEASE OF THE THUMBS, THE HANDS SLIPPED OFF EACH OTHER.
NEXT CAME A SNAP OF THE FINGERS, FOLLOWED BY A SLAP OF THE
RIGHT LEG. THE HAND THEN CAME UP TO THE MOUTH FOR A
SMALL AMOUNT OF MOISTURE ON THE MIDDLE FINGER TO BE
APPLIED TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD ABOVE THE EAR.
I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY. I LAUGHED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): SPITTLE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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IN ITALY, IF A GIRL IS PINCHED BY A GUY IN THE REAR,
SHE IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE IT AS A COMPLIMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Congratulations Appreciation Appreciation of female beauty

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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CARD GAME SIGNAL

INDICATING ONE'S RING FINGER: DIAMONDS
SCRATCHING ONE'S CHEST: HEARTS
OPENING ONE'S HAND: SPADES
HITTING THE TABLE: CLUBS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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