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PASTIME (DRAWING)

A LOT OF PEOPLE SIT AROUND A TABLE. EACH PLAYER HAS
A PIECE OF PAPER AND A PENCIL. FIRST EACH PERSON
DRAWS A HEAD. THEN HE FOLDS OVER THE PIECE OF
PAPER, SO NO ONE CAN SEE WHAT HE HAS DRAWN, AND
PASSES IT TO THE PLAYER ON HIS RIGHT. HE JUST LEAVES
TWO LINES OF THE NECK COMING DOWN, SO THE NEXT PERSON
WILL KNOW WHERE TO ATTACH THE BODY. THIS PERSON
DRAWS A BODY DOWN TO THE WAIST, FOLDS OVER THE PAPER
AND LEAVES TWO LINES FOR THE NEXT PERSON. THEN
EVERYONE DRAWS A BODY FROM THE WAIST DOWN TO THE KNEES.
LAST OF ALL, ARE THE KNEES DOWN TO THE FEET.
WHEN THE PAPER ARE OPENED UP, THE PICTURES ARE
REALLY NIFTY.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-21-1971

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BALL GAME

THIS GAME WAS PLAYED WITH A RUBBER BALL. EACH TIME
A NUMBER WAS SPOKEN, THE BALL WAS BOUNCED. AFTER
THREE, YOU WOULD SAY "O'LARRY" AS YOU WOULD AFTER SIX
AND NINE TOO. WHEN YOU SAID "O'LARRY" YOU WOULD ALSO
BRING YOUR LEG UP OVER THE BALL. WHEN YOU GOT TO TEN,
YOU WOULD SAY "TEN O'LARRY OH," BOUNCE THE BALL AND
BEGIN AGAIN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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JUMP ROPE CHANT

A, B, C, ETC. DOES HE LOVE YOU? WITH EACH JUMP THE GROUP
WOULD CHANT A LETTER OF THE ALPHABET UNTIL THE JUMPER STOPPED ON ONE
OF THE LETTERS. THEN THE JUMPER WOULD HAVE TO NAME A BOY WHOSE NAME
BEGAN WITH THAT LETTER. THE JUMPER WOULD THEN BEGIN TO JUMP AGAIN
AS THE GROUP CHANTS, DOES HE LOVE YOU? ETC.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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ALABAMA BUSKA, KING OF THE JEWS BOUGHT HIS WIFE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
WHEN THE SHOES BEGAN TO WEAR
ALABAMA BUSKA BEGAN TO SWEAR. WIFE, WIFE,
GO UP STAIRS, WIFE, WIFE COME DOWNSTAIRS.
WIFE TOUCH THE GROUND E

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ACTION-JUMP ; CHARACTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C70 C70.560

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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A TISKET, A TASKET, A GREEN AND YELLOW BASKET, I WROTE A LETTER TO MY
MOTHER AND ON THE WAY I DROPPED IT, I DROPPED IT, I DROPPED, AND ON
THE WAY I DROPPED IT, I WROTE A LETTER TO MY MOTHER AND ON THE WAY I
DROPPED IT.
WHILE THIS IS BEING CHANTED, ONE PERSON TAKES A HANDKERCHIEF AND
CIRCLES AROUND A RING FORMED BY THE OTHERS.
HE DROPS THE HANDKERCHIEF
BEHIND ONE, AND THEN THAT PERSON MUST CIRCLE THE OTHERS, REPEATING
THE PROCEDURE.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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CUPS AND SAUCERS, DISHES AND PLATES, HOW MANY DISHES DID YOU BREAK?
1, 2, 3, ETC. THE JUMPER KEEPS JUMPING UNTIL HE MISSES.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 10-04-1967

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ANDY SPANDY SUGARDY CANDY, FRENCH ALMOND ROCK, BREAD AND BUTTER FOR
FOR YOUR SUPPER, ALL YOUR MOTHER'S GOT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD CHILDREN SAYING THIS WHILE SKIPPING ROPE
IN SUSSEX, ENGLAND

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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APPLESAUCE, MUSTARD, RIDER. HOW MANY LEGS HAS A SPIDER? ONE, TWO ETC.
(UNTIL THE JUMPER MISSES.)

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS APATHETIC TOWARDS THIS ITEM.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 10-04-1971

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BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY/ DROPPED SOME WHITE WASH IN MY EYE,/ ME NO
BABY, ME NO CRY/ ME JUST GLAD THAT COWS DON'T FLY.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLAIN -JUMP

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

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT DOWNTOWN./ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN./
DAGWOOD BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES,
COOKIE BOUGHT THE EVENING NEWS./ THIS
IS WHAT IT SAID- LADY ON ONE FOOT, ONE FOOT, ONE FOOT,/ LADY ON TWO
FEET, TWO FEET, TWO FEET,
LADY ON THREE FEET, THREE FEET, THREE FEET,
LADY ON FOUR FEET, FOUR FEET, FOUR.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): ACTION-RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT DOWNTOWN/ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN/
SUZIE BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES/ DAGWOOD BOUGHT THE EVENING NEWS/ AND
THIS IS WHAT IT SAID: "SHUT YOUR EYES AND COUNT TO TEN, UNLESS YOU
WANT TO BE A BIG FAT HEN."

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT TO TOWN,/ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN./
DAGWOOD BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES,/ ALEXANDER BOUGHT THE NEWS,/ AND IN
THE NEWS IT SAID: "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND COUNT TO TEN, IF YOU MISS YOU
TAKE AN END.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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BLUEBELLS, COCKLESHELLS,/ EEVY, IVY, OVER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

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BLUE BELLS COCKER SHELLS/ EEVY IVY OVER/ I WENT DOWN TOWN TO SEE MISS
BROWN/ SHE GAVE ME A NICKLE TO BUY A PICKLE.
THE PICKLE WAS SOUR/ SHE GAVE ME A FLOWER/ THE FLOWER WAS DEAD/ SHE
GAVE ME SOME THREAD/ THE THREAD WAS THIN/ SHE GAVE ME A PIN/ THE PIN
WAS SHARP/ SHE GAVE ME A HARP/ THE HARP BEGAN TO SING: A MINNIE AND A
MINNIE AND A HA HA HA.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; ALPENA ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-04-1970

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BLUE BELLS, COCKLE SHELLS/ EEVY, IVY, OVER/ JANUARY, FEBRUARY, ETC.
(UNTILL THE MONTH IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN) ONE, TWO, THREE ETC.
(UNTIL THE MONTH IN WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN) ONE, TWO, THREE ETC.
( TO THE DAY ON WHICH THE PERSON WAS BORN.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY ; COLLECTED AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-21-1967

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BLUE-BELLS, COCKLE SHEELS,/ EEVY, IVY, OVERS.
MOTHER IN THE KITCHEN
FATHER IN THE WOODS./ BABY IN THE CRADLE, FAST ASLEEP. HOW MANY HOURS
DID SHE SLEEP? ( COUNT TIL MISS)

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 11-11-1968

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BLUEBERRY MUFFINS/ AND COOKIES IN A TIN,/ WHEN I CALL YOUR BIRTHDAY/
PLEASE JUMP IN JAN., FEB.,(THOSE WAITING IN LINE JOIN THOSE
JUMPING WHEN THE MONTH OF THEIR BIRTHDAY IS CALLED.
A LONG ROPE IS USED.)

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN A DISH,/
HOW MANY BUBBLE GUMS DO YOU WISH? 1, 2,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM, IN A DISH.
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH? 1, 2, 3,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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BUBBLE GUM BUBBLE GUM IN A DISH,
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH? 1, 2, 3,

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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