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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU.

BUT THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
AND THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
AND THE SUGAR IS LUMPED
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM PLAYMATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): INSULT ; TAUNT

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

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BAD LUCK

STEP ON A CRACK
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A POPULAR BELIEF WHEN MY MOTHER WAS
LITTLE IN ST. CLAIR SHORES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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BEFORE PLAYING TAG OR HIDE AND SEEK, THE ONE WHO IS "IT"
CALLS OUT: APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE, WHO'S NOT READY
HOLLER I.

Submitter comment: IF NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING, THE GAME BEGINS. IF SOMEONE CALLS OUT "I" THEN THE ONE WHO IS "IT" CALLS OUT THE ABOVE RHYME
AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

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WHEN PLAYING A GAME AS A CHILD, IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHO IS
TO BE IT, SOMEONE SAYS (ALTERNATING AND POINTING TO A
DIFFERENT PERSON EACH TIME):
BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN THE DISH,
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, AND YOU ARE
NOT IT.

Submitter comment: THE PERSON WHO IS LEFT IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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ALL THE CHILDREN WHO AR GOING TO PLAY A CERTAIN GAME IN
WHICH ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO BE IT, STAND IN A CIRCLE.
THEY THEN CLENCH THEIR FISTS AND HOLD THEM AT ABOUT WAIST-
HIGH IN FRONT OF THEM. ONE PERSON ASSUMES THE ROLE OF
COUNTER. HE THEN STARTS AT THE PERSON NEXT TO HIM AND
SAYS, "ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO." EACH FIST IS "ADDRESSED"
SEPARATELY AND THE COUNTER CONTINUES, "3 POTATO, 4, 5
POTATO, 6 POTATO, 7 POTATO, OR." WHOEVER'S FIST IS
TAPPED ON "OR" BY THE COUNTER, TAKES HIS FIST AND PUTS
IT BEHIND HIS BACK. THIS PROCESS CONTINUES UNTIL ONE
PERSON IS LEFT AND THEN THAT PERSON IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00001950'S

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

EACH CHILD INVOLVED PUTS HIS TWO FISTS FORWARD AND ONE
PERSON DOES THE COUNTING OUT, SAYING ONE WORD AS HE
TAPS EACH FIST. THE RHYME IS:
ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
CHILD MAY REPLY, YES, AND THE COUNTER CONTINUES, Y-E-S
SPELLS YES, AND YOU ARE NOT IT. WHOEVER HAS THE WORD "IT"
SPOKEN TO HIM, PUTS THAT FIST BEHIND HIS BACK. THE PROCESS
CONTINUES UNTIL ONE PERSON HAS ONE FIST LEFT AND THAT
PERSON IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

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COUNTING OUT

EACH PERSON INVOLVED PUTS HIS TWO FISTS FORWARD AND
ONE PERSON DOES THE COUNTING OUT, SAYING ONE WORD AS HE
TAPS EACH FIST. THE RHYME IS:
INK, INK, BOTTLE OF INK,
THE CORK FELL OUT AND YOU STINK!
WHOEVER HAS THE WORD "STINK" SPOKEN TO HIM, PUTS THAT
HAND BEHIND HIS BACK. THE PROCESS CONTINUS UNTIL ONE
PERSON HAS ONE FIST LEFT, AND THAT PERSON IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

EACH PERSON INVOLVED PUTS HIS TWO FISTS FORWARD AND ONE
PERSON DOES THE COUNTING OUT, SAYING ONE WORD AS HE TAPS
EACH FIST. THE RHYME IS:
BUBBLEGUM, BUBBLEGUM, IN A DISH,
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?
EXAMPLE--THE CHILD MIGHT SAY 5, SO THE COUNTER GOES ON
AND SAYS, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, AND YOU ARE NOT IT. WHOEVER HAS
THE WORD "IT" SPOKEN TO HIM, PUTS THAT FIST BEHIND HIS
BACK. THE PROCESS CONTINUES UNTIL ONE PERSON HAS A FIST
LEFT, AND THAT PERSON IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ALL THOSE CHILDREN WHO ARE GOING TO PLAY A CERTAIN GAME
IN WHICH ONE OF THEM HAS TO BE IT, STAND IN A CIRCLE AND
POINT THEIR RIGHT TOES TO THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE. ONE
PERSON DOES THE COUNTING OUT AND POINS TO EACH TOE
SEPARATELY, WHILE SAYING ONE WORD OF THE RHYME TO EACH
TOE; THE RHYME:
TOE, TOE, HOW OLD ARE YOU?
THE PERSON TO WHOSE TOE THE COUNTER IS POINTING MAY REPLY,
"TEN." THE COUNTER THEN GOES ON SAYING, "1, 2, 3, ... 10,
AND YOU ARE NOT IT." THE PESON HE SAYS IT TO REMOVES HIS
FOOT FROM THE CIRCLE, AND THE LAST PERSON LEFT IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00001950'S

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QUIET PLEASE

OPEN AND SHUT THEM,
OPEN AND SHUT THEM,
GIVE A LITTLE CLAP.
OPEN AND SHUT THEM,
OPEN AND SHUT THEM.
LAY THEM IN YOUR LAP.

Submitter comment: CHILDREN DO THIS AFTER THEY SIT DOWN BEFORE STORY TIME.
THIS IS A WAY TO KEEP THEIR HANDS STILL.
INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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HIDE AND SEEK CAL

APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY HOLLER "I."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.538

Date learned: 00001958 CA.

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

BY HOOK OR BY CROOK I'LL BE THE FIRST TO SIGN THIS BOOK!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

I WISH YOU LUCK I WISH YOU JOY I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY
BUT WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL I WISH YOU THEN A BABY
GIRL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

I'M NOT A SOUTHERN BEAUTY
I'M NOT A NORTHERN ROSE
I'M JUST A PLAIN OLD SCHOOL GIRL
WITH A FRECKLE ON HER NOSE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

THERE ARE WARSHIPS,, THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIPS BUT THE BEST SHIP
IS OUR "FRIENDSHIP"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION INITIAL ITERATION WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

TWO IN A CAR TWO LITTLE KISSES FOUR WEEKS LATER MR AND MRS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

2 GOOD 2 BE 4 GOTTEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): DIGITAL SPELLING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

IF ALL THE BOYS LIVED ACROSS THE SEA, BOY WHAT A GOOD SWIMMER
BLANK WOULD BE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

WHEN YOU GROW UP AND LIVE IN A HUT SEND ME A PICTURE OF
YOUR FIRST-BORN NUT!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): CHILD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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