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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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THE POLISH FOLK DANCE HAS DEVELOPED RHYTHMS AND ARRANGEMENTS
ALL ITS OWN. THE BEST KNOWN POLISH FOLK DANCES ARE THE
KNAKOWIAK, OBEREK, MAZEU, AND THE ZBOJNICKI (DANCE OF THE
HIGHLANDER BRIGANDS). ALL OF THEM COMBINE SENTIMENT WITH
SWASHBUCKLING VERVE, CHIVALRY WITH MERRIMENT, AND FANTASY
WITH VIGOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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RUSSIAN DANCE

IT IS A COMMON RUSSIAN DANCE WHERE A PERSON DANCES IN THE
MIDDLE OF A CIRCLE COMPOSED OF CLAPPING RUSSIANS WHO ARE
SINGING TO MUSIC. WHEN THE PEOPLE STOP CLAPPING, THE MAN
IN THE MIDDLE MUST DRINK A GLASS OF VODKA.

Submitter comment: THIS DANCE WAS RELATED TO THE INFORMANT BY HIS FATHER,
WHO IS RUSSIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Form Grouping Movement

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FATHERS JACK

WON'T BE MY FATHERS JACK,
WON'T BE MY MOTHERS JILL.
I'LL BE A FIDDLERS WIFE,
AND FIDDLE WHERE I WILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Function Purpose Theme C430.360

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WHEN GREEKS DANCE, THEY JOIN HANDS WITH THEIR HANDKERCHIEFS,
TO SHOW THAT EVERYONE IS FRIENDS AND WELCOME IN EACH
OTHER'S HOMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Function Purpose Theme

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HOPAK (UKRAINIAN)

THIS IS A FESTIVAL DANCE, INVOLVING MANY STEPS. IT
IS FAST AND INVOLVES SQUATTING AND DANCING AT CERTAIN
TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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THE CLOCK OF LIFE IS WOUND BUT ONCE,
AND NO MAN HAS THE POWER
TO TELL JUST WHERE THE HANDS WILL STOP,
AT LATE OR EARLY HOUR.
TO LOSE ONE'S WEALTH, IS SAD INDEED,
TO LOSE ONE'S HEALTH IS MORE;
TO LOSE ONE'S SOUL IS SUCH A LOSS,
AS NO MAN CAN RESTORE.
THE PRESENT ONLY IS OUR OWN,
LIVE, LOVE, TOIL WITH A WILL--
PLACE NO FAITH IN "TOMORROW" FOR
THE CLOCK MAY THEN BE STILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE, PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: IAMBIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCA ; SYMBOL METONYMY RELIGION TIME

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

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CURLERS IN MY HAIR AT NIGHT,
HEAVENS--WHAT AN AWFUL SIGHT.
I TOSS, I TURN, WHEN WILL I LEARN--
THAT BEAUTY ISN'T WORTH THE FIGHT!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; SELF-CRITICISM

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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JOHN AND KATHY SITTING IN A TREE,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE
THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES JOHN PUSHING A BABY CARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH VERSE?

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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HELP, MURDER, POLICE!
MY MOTHER FELL IN GREASE.
I LAUGHED SO HARD,
I FELL IN LARD.
HELP, MURDER, POLICE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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JOHN JACOB JINGLE-HIMER SMITH (SCHMIDT)
THAT'S MY NAME, TOO,
WHENEVER I GO OUT, THE PEOPLE ALWAYS SHOUT,
"JOHN JACOB JINGLE-HIMER SMITH."
HURRAH HURRAH HURRAH FOR... (REPEAT)

Submitter comment: SHE NOTED IN THE WRITTEN COPY THAT SHE GAVE ME THAT THE
"I" IN "HIMER" WAS PRONOUNCED WITH A LONG SOUND AS IN
"HIGH."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOROUS NAME

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

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

TEACHER, TEACHER, I DECLARE,
GIVE ME BACK MY UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT, THEY EAT UP YOUR GUTS AND SPIT THEM OUT.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

FUDGE, FUDGE, CALL THE JUDGE,
MAMA HAS A NEW BORN BABY.
IT WASN'T A GIRL
IT'S NOT A BOY
IT'S JUST A PLAIN OLD BABY.
WRAP IT UP IN TISSUE PAPER
SEND IT DOWN THE ELEVATOR
FIRST FLOOR--STOP
SECOND FLOOR ----------.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

BLUE BELLS COCKEL SHELLS,
EVE EVY OVER,
HERE COMES TEACHER WITH A BIG BLACK STICK,
YOU BETTER KNOW YOUR ARITHMATIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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CHEER

OUR TEAM IS SO BIG,
YOUR TEAM IS SO SMALL,
(THEN EVERYONE STARTED STOMPING THEIR FEET.)

Submitter comment: CATHOLIC CENTRAL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GRAND RAPIDS ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival Custom Festival

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NEVER KISS AT THE GARDEN GATE,
LOVE IS BLIND BUT THE NEIGHBORS AIN'T.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE GIRLS IN FRANCE,
WEAR TISSUE PAPER PANTS.

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

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

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JAPANESE POETRY

THE "HAIKU" IS A TRADITIONAL FORM OF JAPANESE POETRY
BASED ON SIXTEEN SYLLABLES, GENERALLY CONCERNED
WITH NATURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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ENVELOPE INSCRIPTION

SWALCAKWS
SEALED WITH A LICK, CAUSE A KISS WOULDN'T STICK.

Submitter comment: ON A LETTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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