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TAUNT OF THE WELSH

JOHNNY WAS A WELSHMAN,
JOHNNY WAS A THIEF,
JOHNNY CAME TO MY HOUSE
AND STOLE A LEG OF BEEF.
I WENT TO JOHNNY'S HOUSE,
JOHNNY WAS IN BED,
SO I TOOK UP A POKER
AND HIT HIM ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN IRISH TAUNT OF THE WELSH, USUALLY SUNG BY
SMALL CHILDREN AT SCHOOL OR PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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LIFE IS LIKE A DECK OF CARDS;
WHEN YOU ARE IN LOVE, IT'S HEARTS;
WHEN YOU ARE ENGAGED, IT'S DIAMONDS;
WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED, IT'S CLUBS;
WHEN YOU ARE DEAD, IT'S SPADES.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE BY THE LAKE,
PLEASE SEND ME A PIECE OF YOUR WEDDING CAKE.

Submitter comment: MICHAEL WILHELMI SIGNED THIS IN INFORMANTS'
AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1932, N. DAKOTA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; PLYMOUTH

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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LIFE IS LONG AND BOYS ARE PLENTY
DON'T GET MARRIED TIL YOUR TWENTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; PLYMOUTH

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

Date learned: 10-00-1965 ; 00-00-1932

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WHEN ON THE EARTH YOUR DAYS ARE ENDED,
AND NO MORE THIS PATH YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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I AUTO SING, I AUTO SIGH
I AUTO CRY, I AUTO LAUGH
I AUTO SIGN YOUR AUTOGRAPH!

Submitter comment: IN PLACE OF EACH "AUTO" IS A PICTURE OF A CAR
DRAWN FOR EFFECT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 10-30-1969

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BELIEF

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BED, YOU WILL HAVE A BAD DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT OBTAINED FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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PEPSI JINGLE

PEPSI COLA HITS THE SPOT
TEN MINUTES LATER HITS THE POT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): PARODY OF COMMERCIAL JINGLE

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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BELIEF

GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF BED, YOU WILL HAVE A BAD DAY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT OBTAINED FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): ATTITUDE ; Awaken ; Bed ; BELIEF ; Mood ; Rise ; Side ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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IRISH BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; DOMESTIC PURSUITS (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

SEW ON SUNDAYS IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BELIEVES IT IS IRISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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PREDICTION

A CRYING OR HOWLING DOG AT NIGHT MEANS DEATH.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS (AND PROBABLY STILL IS) A COMMON
BELIEF IN NORTH DAKOTA 1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF

SEW A GARMENT WHILE YOU ARE
WEARING IT, YOU'LL DO SOMETHING STUPID.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT OBTAINED THIS FROM A FELLOW WORKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A SPOON - COMPANY IS COMING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM AN IRISH COMPANION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A TABLESPOON - AN OLD LADY
IS COMING TO VISIT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A FORK - A MAN IS COMING TO VISIT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM AN IRISH FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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BELIEF ABOUT DROPPING SILVERWARE

DROP A KNIFE - A FIGHT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM AN IRISH COMPANION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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PREDICTION

VISITORS TO HAWAII CAST THEIR LEIS
UPON THE WATER AS THEY LEAVE BY
SHIP. IF THE LEIS FLOAT BACK TO SHORE,
THE VISITOR WILL RETURN.

Submitter comment: KATHY PROBABLY HEARD THIS IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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FRATERNITY TELEPHONE PRANK

TELL A PLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE THE TELEPHONE NUMBER OF AN
EXTREMELY WELL BUILT GIRL, WHO GOES BY THE NAME OF
"THE BODY." GIVE THE NUMBER TO THE PLEDGE AND TELL HIM
TO CALL THE NUMBER AND ASK TO SPEAK TO "THE BODY"
AND MAKE A DATE WITH HER. WELL, THE NUMBER GIVEN IS THE
NUMBER OF A FUNERAL HOME--USUALLY A BLACK FUNERAL HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FRATERNITY RITUAL

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRACTICE SOME FRATERNITIES HAVE.
IT IS KNOWN AS A "CIRCLE JERK." IT CONSISTS, USUALLY,
OF A BUNCH OF GUYS GATHERED AROUND IN A CIRCLE,
DRINKING BEER, SOMETIMES WITH A FIRE IN THE CENTER.
THEN ONE FELLOW JERKS OFF AND THE FELLOW NEXT TO HIM
DOES THE SAME THING, WHEN THE FIRST IS FINISHED,
UNTIL THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETED.

Data entry tech comment: IF THIS MEANS WHAT I THINK IT MEANS, MARK WITH XX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

REMEMBER ME WHEN THIS YOU SEE
AND COUNT ME AS A FRIEND,
AND I WILL TRUE REMEMBER YOU
UNTIL MY LIFE SHALL END.

Submitter comment: VERSE IN AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF INFORMANT; 1932, NIKOMA, NORTH DAKOTA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): FRIENDLY ; FRIENDSHIP ; INTERNAL RHYME ; INVERSION ; METER: IAMBS ; PROMISE OF REMEMBRANCE ; QUATRAIN ; REQUEST FOR REMEMBRANCE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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