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OLD LADY SHACK

OLD LADY SHACK, ALL DRESSED IN BLACK/ WITH SIX WHITE BUTTONS
STRAIGHT DOWN DOWN HER BACK. SHE ASKED HER MOR FOR 25 CENTS TO SEE
THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE/HE JUMPED SO HIGH TILL HE REACHED THE
SKY/ AND HE NEVER CAME BACK UNTIL THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Submitter comment: I SANG THIS OFTEN AS A CHILD WHILE PLAYING HAND CLAPPING GAMES.

James Callow Keyword(s): MARY MACK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00001955-00001960S

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HAND-CLAP CHANT

OH MARY MAC, MAC, MAC
ALL DRESSED IN BLACK, BLACK, BLACK
WITH SILVER BUTTONS, BUTTONS, BUTTONS
ALL DOWN HER BACK, BACK, BACK
SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER
FOR FIFTEEN CENTS, CENTS, CENTS
TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS
JUMP THE FENCE, FENCE, FENCE
SHE JUMPED SO HIGH, HIGH, HIGH
SHE REACHED THE SKY, SKY, SKY
AND NEVER CAME BACK, BACK, BACK
TILL THE FOURTH OF JULY, LY, LY
SHE JUMPED SO LOW, LOW, LOW
SHE STUBBED HER TOE, TOE, TOE
AND THAT WAS THE END, END, END
OF THE ELEPHANT SHOW, SHOW, SHOW

Submitter comment: THIS IS A HAND RHYTHMIC GAME WHERE YOU CLAP HANDS, THEN
CLAP ON YOUR TWO THIGHS TOGETHER. THEN YOU ALTERNATE
CLAPPING HANDS TOGETHER, THEN CLAP WITH THE RIGHT HAND
WITH THE SAME HAND OF YOUR PARTNER, THEN HANDS TOGETHER,
THEN LEFT HAND WITH PARTNER. CONTINUE TILL THE END OF
THE RHYME.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MARY MACK

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

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