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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ONE POTATO,
TWO POTATO,
THREE POTATO,
FOUR,
FIVE POTATO,
SIX POTATO,
SEVEN POTATO MORE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE WHILE COUNTING FEET OR FISTS. WHOEVER IS LEFT WITH A
POTATO AT THE END IS IT.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE,
TWENTY FOUR ROBBERS CAMR KNOCKING AT MY DOOR.
AS I RAN OUT AND THEY RAN IN,
I ASKED THEM WHAT THEY WANTED ,
AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID:
SPANISH DANCER DO THE SPLITS-JUMPER DOES SPLIT IN AIR.
SPANISH DANCER DO THE TWIST-JUMPER SPINS AROUND.
SPANISH DANCER TOUCH THE FLOOR-JMPER TOUCHES GROUND.
SPANISH DANCER SHUT THE DOOR-JUMPER THROWS ARM OUT THREE TIMES.
SPANISH DANCER JUMP SO HIGH-JUMPER JUMPS HIGH.
SPANISH DANCER TOUCH THE SKY-JUMPER RUNS OUT OF ROPE.

Submitter comment: ALL OF THIS IS DONE AS THE ROPE IS TURNING.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

DOWN BY THE RIVER, DOWN BY THE SEA
THERE SAT (JUMPERS NAME) AS PRETTY AS CAN BE
ALONG CAME (JUMPERS SWEETHEART) AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
10 , 20, 30, 40....UNTIL JUMPER QUITS OR MISSES.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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CHILDRENS SONG

MISS MARY MACK, MACK, MACK
ALL DRESSED IN BLACK, BLACK,BLACK
WITH SILVER BUTTONS, BUTTONS, BUTTONS
ALL DOWN HER BACK, BACK, BACK
SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER
FOR FIFTY CENTS, CENTS CENTS
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT, ELEPHANT, ELEPHANT
JUMP THE FENCE, FENCE, FENCE
HE JUMPED SO HIGH, HIGH, HIGH
HE REACHED THE SKY,SKY,SKY
AND NEVER CAME BACK, BACK, BACK
TIL THE FOURTH OF JULY, LY, LY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A HAND CLAPPING SONG IN WHICH TO PLAYERS FACED EACH OTHER
AND CLAPPED HANDS PATTYCAKE STYLE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU FEEL A CHILL SOMEONE IS WALKING ON THE SITE OF YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 00001970S

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GAME

COLORED EGGS. ONE PLAYER IS WOLF, ONE IS MOTHER HEN, OTHERS ARE
EGGS. MOTHER NAMES THEM EACH COLORS. WOLF COMES TO THE DOOR..
KNOCK, KNOCK. WHOS THERE? THE WOLF. WHAT DO YOU WANT?
COLORED EGGS. WHAT COLOR? WOLF NAMES COLOR. IF THE MOTHER HAS ONE
THE EGG MUST RUN WHILE WOLF CHASES UNTIL HE GETS BACK. IF HE
GETS CAUGHT HE BECOMES THE WOLF.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 00001970S

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THE MAN AND THE COAT

THE MAN AND THE COAT. THERE WAS A MAN WHO WAS VERY TIMID. HE WAS
IN LOVE WITH THE SCHOOLTEACHER. ANOTHER MAN LOVED HER TOO, THOUGH.
THIS OTHER MAN WAS VERY MEAN AND DECIDED TO PLAY A TRICK ON THE FIRST
MAN TO RID HIMSELF OF THE COMPETITION. KNOWING THAT THE FIRST MAN
WAS TIMID, THE SECOND MAN MADE A BET WITH HIM IN FRONT OF THE WOMAN
AND EVERY ONE ELSE. THERE WAS A VERY SPOOKY CEMETARY IN THE
MIDDLI OF TOWN WHICH NO ONE LIKED TO ENTER AT NIGHT ESPECIALLY
THE FIRST MAN. THE SECOND MAN TEASED THE FIRST ABOUT HIS TIMIDITY
AND TOLD HIM THAT IF HE WERE REALLY BRAVE HE WOULD WALK THROUGH THE
CEMETARY THAT NIGHT ON HIS WAY HOME. THE FIRST DID NOT WANT TO
BE OUTDONE SO HE AGREED THOUGH HE WAS VERY SCARED. THAT NIGHT
THE TOWN GATHERED TO SEND THE MAN OFF ON HIS JOURNEY. THE MAN
BEGAN WALKING. HE HEARD MANY STRANGE NOISES WHICH REALLY FIGHTENED
HIM AND HE BEGAN TO RUN. SUDDENLY HE TRIPPED RIGHT IN FRONT OF
A TOMBSTONE AND FELL DOWN. AS HE TRIED TO GET UP HE FELT SOMETHING
TUG ON HIS COAT. HE DID NOT REALIZE THAT IT WAS CAUGHT ON A TWIG.
HE PULLED AND TUGGED AND SCREAMED AND SCREAMED BUT COULD NOT GET
LOOSE. HE BEGAN TO GET SO SCARED THINKING THAT A GHOST HAD GRABBED
HIM THAT HE HAD A HEART ATTACK AND DIED. THE NEXT MORNING SOMEONE
FOUND HIM WITH A HORRIBLE LOOK OF FRIGHT ON HIS FACE. HE WAS
PALE AS A GHOST, LOOKED AS IF HE HAD BEEN SCARED TO DEATH.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY IS LIKE THE ONE ABOUT ICHABOD CRANE AND IN FACT I
BELIEVEVE THE MANS NAME WAS THE SAME BUT I CANT BE SURE NOW.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

James Callow Keyword(s): FEAR TEST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 00001970S

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SIMON

SIMON. THERE WAS A MAN WHO WENT FISHING. AS HE SAT NEAR THE
WATER HE HEARD A LOW MOANING: PLEASE DONT CATCH ME SIMON, PLEASE.
THE MAN PAID NO ATTENTION AND SOON CAUGHT A FISH
HE WENT HOME AND PREPARED TO COOK THE FISH AND AGAIN HEARD A MOAN
WHICH WAS A LITTLE LOUDER.: PLEASE DONT COOK ME SIMON, PLEASE.
AGAIN HE PAID NO ATTENTION, COOKED THE FISH AND BEGAN TO EAT.
THEN HE HEARD ANOTHER LOW MOAN: PLEASE DONT EAT ME SIMON, PLEASE.
THE MAN WENT ON AND ATE THE FISH AND SOON WENT TO BED. THEN HE HEARD
ANOTHER MOAN THAT KEPT GETTING LOUDER AND CLOSER: SIMON I TOLD
YOU NOT TO CATCH ME AND COOK ME AND EAT ME. SUDDENLY A SHOUT:
SIMON.

Submitter comment:

THIS STORY IS BEST TOLD TO LITTLE KIDS IN THE DARK. THE TELLER
MUST AT FIRST MOAN SLOW AND VERY LOW AND GET LOUDER AS THE STORY
GOES ON. AT THE SHOUT, THE TELLER SHOULD JUMP AND GRAB ONE OF THE
CHILDREN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Keyword(s): CATCH TALE ; Circle ; Endless ; Endless ; FISH ; Fisherman ; ROUND ; Scare ; Simon ; Tale ; Tale

James Callow Keyword(s): JUMP TALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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THERE WAS A LADY WHO WAS TO BE MARRIED. HER FIANCE ASKED HER:
WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR THAT CHOKER AROUND YOUR NECK? SHE REPLIED
I WILL TELL YOU ON OUR HONEYMOON.
HER HONEYMOON NIGHT CAME AND HER HUSBAND ASKED: WHY DO YOU WEAR
THAT CHOKER AROUND YOUR NECK? SHE REPLIED: I WILL TELL YOU IN ONE
YEAR. A YEAR PASSED AND AGAIN HE ASKED THE QUESTION. SHE SAID I
WILL TELL YOU WHEN OUR CHILD IS BORN. THE CHILD WAS BORN AND HE
ASKED THE QUESTION. SHE WOULD NOT GIVE HIM AN ANSWER. THAT NIGHT
AS SHE WAS SLEEPING HE REMOVED THE CHOKER FROM HER NECK. HER HEAD
FELL OFF THE BED, ROLLED ACROSS THE FLOOR AND OUT THE DOOR.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001970S

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WHEN I WAS LITTLE THERE WAS A RUMOUR GOING AROUND ON A OUR BLOCK THAT THE JERSEY DEVIL WAS BACK. THE JERSEY DEVIL WAS WEELL KNOWN
IN NEW JERSEY. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE A MAN WITH THE FACE OF
A WOLF, FEET OF A PIG AND HORNS. HE STOOD ON TWO LEGS. HE WAS
SUPPOSED TO PREY ON LITTLE CHILDREN, AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT THE
OLDER KIDS TOLD US. VERY ELABORATE MEANS WERE USED TO SCARE THE
LITTLE KIDS OUT OF THEIR WITS. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DRESSED IN
RED CAPES AND HORNS AND RAN THROUGH THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND
SOMEONE EVEN MADE A COPY OF A PICTURE OF THE BEAST, WHICH WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE AUTHENTIC. NEEDLESS TO SAY I EVENTUALLY GREW OUT OF
MY FRIGHT OF THE JERSEY DEVIL BUT RECENTLY I HEARD SOMEONE ON TELEVIS
TALKING ABOUT THE JERSEY DEVIL. EVIDENTLY HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A
TYPE OF BIGFOOT CREATURE. IT MAKES ME WONDER ABOUT ALL THE
THAT THERE REALLY WAS SOMETHING TO BE SCARED OF.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; TOMS RIVER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00001970S

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