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"Engine, engine, number nine
Going down Chicago line
If the train falls off the track,
Do you want your money back?"
An answer of yes or no is given, then it is spelled out.
You'd say "O-U-T spells out and you are not it."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

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

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As a counting out rhyme, it can be used by itself or
added on to the end of another:
"My mother said to pick the very best one and
you are not it."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

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

Date learned: 00001975 ca.

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"Bubblegum, bubblegum in a dish,
How many pieces do you wish?"
A number would be specified, and then spelled out--
"O-N-E spells out and you are not it."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

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

Date learned: 00001975 ca.

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"Cross down when Billy was one, he learned to suck his thumb,
Thumb yellow, thumb yellow, half past one.
Cross down when Billy was two, he learned to tie his shoe,
Shoe yellow, shoe yellow, half past two. Cross down" etc.
--when Billy was three, he learned to climb a tree.
--when Billy was four, he learned to shut the door.
--when Billy was five, he learned to do a dive.
--when Billy was six, he learned to pick up sticks.
--when Billy was seven, he learned to pray to heaven.
--when Billy was eight, he learned to shut the gate.
--when Billy was nine, he learned to draw a line.
--when Billy was ten, he learned to pluck a hen.

Submitter comment: This is a song with clapping done by two people.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE ; CHAIN

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

Date learned: 00001977 ca.

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This was a saying around my house when someone bent over
and their underwear was showing:
"I see London, I see France,
I see David's underpants.
Not too big, not too small,
Just the size of a cannon ball."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech C870.360
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001977 ca.

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I've never heard this version from anyone else:
Ring around the rosey,
Pocket full of posey,
Johnny's in the sugar bowl,
We all fall down.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore ; Kindergarten

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

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This game is played with a number of people lined up on
one end of a driveway or front lawn, and one person ("it")
stands at the other end with his back turned to the others.
The person who is "it" will yell "green light" followed by
any other color he wishes but red. When "green light" is
heard, the others begin to advance toward "it" as fast or
as slow as he wishes. When "it" wants to, he will yell out
"red light" and turn around. Everyone advancing must freeze
when they hear "red light". When "it" turns around, if he
sees anyone moving, he sends them back to the beginning.
"It" then turns back around and play continues until
one of the contestants reaches "it." That person then
becomes it and play begins over again.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 00001975 ca.

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" Miss Susie had a tugboat, the tugboat had a bell,
Miss Susie went to heaven, the tugboat went to
Hello operator, please ring me number nine,
And if you disconnect me, I'll kick you right behind
The 'frigerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Susie fell upon it, and broke her little
Ask me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
Miss Susie told me all of this,
The day before she died."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): ASS ; HELL ; REFRIGERATOR

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

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"On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table, and onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball, rolled right out the door.
It rolled in the garden, and under a bush,
And then my poor meatball, was nothing but mush."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): Parody of "On Top Of Old Smokey"

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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This little saying was used often in my neighborhood
when I was a child, particularly among siblings:
"Liar, liar, pants on fire,
Hanging from a telephone wire."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME

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

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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This little saying was used often in my neighborhood
when I was a child, particularly among siblings:
"Baby, baby, baby,
Stick your head in gravy,
Wrap it up in bubblegum,
And send it to the navy."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

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

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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My younger brother and I would say this to each other
if one could get the other to look at something that
really wasn't there:
"Made you look, you dirty crook,
You stole your mother's pocket book.
You turned it in, you turned it out,
You turned it into sauerkraut."
Then the one who made the other look would say,
"You one'd it."
The other would say,
"You two'd it."
We would go back and forth saying
"You three'd it."
"You four'd it."
"You five'd it."
"You six'd it."
"You seven'd it."
Finally, the one to get in the last word says'
"You eight (ate) it."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING

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

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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"Oh, say, say, my playmate, come out and play with me,
Climb up my apple tree, slide down my rain barrel,
Right through my cellar door, and we'll be jolly friends,
Forever more."
"So sorry playmate, I cannot play with you,
My dolly has the flu, boo hoo hoo hoo hoo."

Submitter comment: Sung and clapped by two people

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

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

Date learned: 00001977 ca.

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"I'm bringin' home a baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm bringin' home a baby bumble bee.
Ouch, it stung me!
I'm smooshin' up my baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm smooshin' up my baby bumble bee.
Yuck, what a mess!
I'm lickin' up my baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm lickin' up my baby bumble bee.
Eew, that was horrible!
I'm throwin' up my baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be surprised at me,
I'm throwin' up my baby bumble bee.

Submitter comment: This is a song with gestures.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE ; Nausea

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001977 ca.

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