Place item was collected
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Melissa is a 20 year old female. She goes to Utah State University, and is working on a bachelors in Marketing and a 5 year masters program for programming. She is my older sister, and is the oldest of 7 children. She grew up in suburban West Jordan, Utah, and now lives in Logan, Utah. She graduated magna cum laude from Copper Hills high school, and is studious/academically minded. She comes from an LDS family. She says she first learned this rhyme when she was very young from her grandmother.
Melissa told me this rhyme in the dorm room we share around seven pm. I asked her if she knew any children’s rhymes that I could use for my collection project. She was furiously typing at the time, and seemed pretty stressed about an assignment. I encouraged her with a couple examples, and she told me this. It would normally be told to young children on sundays, sometimes when trying to quiet them down right before church
“Umm, I don’t know. Jess, I don’t know… Hmm. Ugh. How about, um, ‘here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors- and see all the people.’ Good enough?”
Melissa was stressed when she told me this rhyme, and it took some prodding. She said it very fast at a medium volume, with low energy. She did, however, do the movements that go with it (pictured above). Though she was stressed, it wasn’t curt, she was trying to be helpful, but was also in a hurry. It would normally be told in a soft and calming voice.
Introduction to Folklore/English 2210
Dr. Lynne S. McNeill
Semester and year
G3: Children's Rhymes and Sayings
Ivie, Jess, "Church Rhyme" (2017). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 22.