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Dirty Rotten Devil

Background: My informant for this piece is my grandmother, who learned this song from her father and passed it on to her children and grandchildren. She grew up up in North Central Wisconsin and suspects that it came from one of the men’s groups, likely a fraternity, that her father was a part of there…. Continue Reading »

Chic-ory Chic

Background: My informant, who is my grandmother, learned this nonsense rhyme from her mother, who used it as a lullaby when she was a young girl. She has since passed it on to her children and grandchildren, remembering it as a source of nostalgia and for the satisfaction of its recitation. I also remember that… Continue Reading »

3 6 9 the goose drank wine

BACKGROUND: My informant, AC, was born in the US and attended boarding school in NH. AC was very active in theater and this rhyme was something that the drama department would chant before a few other students brought to their attention that it was less light-hearted than it seemed. CONTEXT: This piece is from a… Continue Reading »

Find a Penny, Pick It Up and All Day You’ll Have Good Luck

Main Content: M: Me I: Informant I: It’s like Find a penny pick it up and all day you’ll have good luck. Is that like folklore? M: Yup that’s good! I: I did that constantly. M: Now was that something that you learned from other kids or did that come from um your family? I:… Continue Reading »