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THE FUNERAL MARCH

WHEN A DANGEROUS OR TICKLISH SITUATION IS ABOUT TO BE
ENTERED, THE PARTICIPANT(S) OFTEN HUM THE FUNERAL MARCH
(DUM-DUM-DE-DUM, DUM-DE-DUM-DE-DUM-DE-DUM).

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

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

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CHEER

SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS

HANDS. REPEAT EACH LINE FOUR TIMES.
WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL ON OUR SIDE....

WE'VE GOT THE ITTY-BITTY FRESHMEN ON OUR SIDE....
WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL ON OUR SIDE (LAST LINE).

WE'VE GOT THE SILLY, SILLY SOPHOMORES ON OUR SIDE....
WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL ON OUR SIDE.

WE'VE GOT THE MIGHTY, MIGHTY JUNIORS ON OUR SIDE....
WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL ON OUR SIDE.

WE'VE GOT THE GREAT, GREAT SENIORS ON OUR SIDE....
WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL ON OUR SIDE.

WE'VE GOT THE SWINGINGEST ALUMNI ON OUR SIDE....
WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL ON OUR SIDE.

WE'VE GOT EVERYBODY HERE ON OUR SIDE....
WE'VE GOT THE WHOLE SCHOOL ON OUR SIDE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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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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BLEZDINGELE (HOUSE MARTIN)

THIS IS A DANCE DANCED WITH A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF, BY 12
GIRLS. IT SYMBOLIZES THE ARRIVAL OF WINTER, WHEN THE
BIRDS ARE FLYING SOUTH. THE GIRLS REPRESENT THE BIRDS
OR THE SPRING, FOR THEY WAVE THEIR HANDKERCHIEFS IN A
FAREWELL FASHION. THE MUSIC IS SLOW BUT BEAUTIFUL, THE
STEPS ARE SMALL, SLOW AND GRACEFUL.

Submitter comment: THIS DANCE IS DANCED ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER OR
DURING THE EARLY MONTHS OF WINTER.

James Callow comment: DANCED ONLY AT THE BEGINNING OF WINTER?

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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ITALIAN WEDDING DANCE

THE ITALIANS DANCE THE TARANTELLA WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS
AT EVERY ITALIAN WEDDING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life

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THE WINDMILL

THERE ARE MANY FOLKLORIC DANCES IN LITHUANIA. EACH ONE HAS
ITS OWN KIND OF MEANING. TL[ THE WINDMILL
THIS IS A DANCE CONSISTING OF EIGHT COUPLES. BASICALLY, THE
MOTIONS OF THE DANCE ARE THOSE OF A WINDMILL.
AT FIRST, EACH COUPLE SEPARATELY IMITATES THE MOTIONS OF
SIFTING THE GRAIN INTO THE MACHINES. THE MIDDLE SYMBOLIZES HOW
THE FLOUR IS MADE, WITH THE DANCE ENDING IN THE COUPLES
GOING AROUND IN A VERY FAST CIRCLE, JUST LIKE THE WHEEL OF
THE WINDMILL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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THE WEAVER--AUDEJELE

THIS IS A DANCE DESIGNED ONLY FOR GIRLS TO DANCE.
IT CONSISTS OF 12 GIRLS AND 3 LARGE PIECES OF WOVEN LINEN.
THE GIRLS START OUT WITH THE MOTIONS OF A WEAVER PREPARING
TO WEAVE SOME LINEN. THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE DANCE, THE
GIRLS GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF A WEAVER, TILL IN THE END,
THEY PRODUCE THE PIECES OF LINEN. THEN THEY TWIRL AROUND
AND DANCE REAL FAST, AS IF PLAYING AND SHOWING OFF THEIR
WORK TO ONE ANOTHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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I SO TIRED,
I SO WEARY,
PICK I UP
AND KISS I DEARIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BABY TALK ; FUNCTION ; MONOLOGUE ; RHYME: FEMININE, ABCB

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

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DAN, DAN, THE FUNNY WEE MAN,
WASHED HIS FACE WITH A FRYING PAN.
COMBED HIS HAIR WITH THE LEG OF A CHAIR,
DAN, DAN, THE FUNNY WEE MAN.

Data entry tech comment: OLD DAN TUCKER?

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): COMPARE "OLD DAN TUCKER" ; QUATRAIN NONSENSE ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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TOMMY, TOMMY IN THE TUB,
MOTHER FORGOT TO PUT IN THE PLUG,
O, MY HEART, O, MY SOUL!
THERE GOES TOMMY DOWN THE HOLE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT
SIX BITS,
WHO IS THE BARBER?
TOM MIX.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): TOM MIX=OLD TIME MOVIE STAR

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

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
AND THE DOCTOR FAINTED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PUN

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

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ENVELOPE INSCRIPTION

IF YOU LOVE ME AS I LOVE YOU,
NO KNIFE CAN CUT OUR LOVE IN TWO.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN ON THE BACK OF A SEALED LETTER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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RISE WITH THE LARK,
STAY UP WITH THE OWL
AND YOUR TEMPER AND OUTLOOK
BOTH WILL BE FOWL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
I PRAY THE LORD; MY SOUL TO KEEP.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I PRAY THE LORD, MY SOUL TO TAKE.

Submitter comment: REMEMBERED BY ROSE AS TOLD TO HER BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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STEPPING GAME

STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.
STEP ON A LINE, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S SPINE.
STEP ON A HOLE, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S SUGAR BOWL.
STEP ON A NAIL, PUT YOUR DAD IN JAIL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN YOUTH GAMES, WHEN CHOOSING TEAMS, EVERY PLAYER
WOULD PUT ONE FOOT, TOES FIRST, IN A CIRCLE. ONE
PERSON WOULD TOUCH EACH FOOT IN A CIRCULAR ROTATION
SAYING: MY MOTHER SAID TO CHOOSE THE VERY BEST ONE AND
YOU ARE NOT IT.
ONE WORD WAS ASSIGNED TO EACH FOOT. THE PERSON DESIGNATED
AS IT REMOVED THEIR FOOT AND THE COUNT CONTINUED. EACH
"IT" WAS PLACED ALTERNATELY ON DIFFERENT TEAMS.

Submitter comment: MANY VARIATIONS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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FOR CHOOSING WHO WILL BE "IT" IN A MATCH, ALL WILL PUT
THEIR TOES IN A CIRCLE AND SAY:
MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING UP CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER SOCKED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?
(NAME A COLOR AND SPELL IT)
AT THE END, WHOEVER'S FOOT THE LAST SYLLABLE ENDED ON
WOULD BE REMOVED. THIS WAS DONE AGAIN AND AGAIN UNTIL
THE OWNER OF THE LAST FOOT WAS DEEMED "IT."

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE
GOING DOWN THE CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN GOES OFF THE TRACK
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
Y-E-S SPELLS YES, (OR N-O SPELLS NO.)

Submitter comment: PERSON SAYS EITHER YES OR NO. CALLER SPELLS IT OUT ON PARTI-
PANTS FEET, ETC.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR;
FIVE POTTO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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