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#28864 - 05/21/04 02:43 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 07/29/03
Posts: 574
Loc: Maryland, USA

Does anyone remember one that started: "I met my boyfriend at the candy store..."
Another part of it went

"He bought me ice cream
He bought me cake
He brought me home with a belly ache"

but that's not all. Darn, this is gonna bug me all afternoon.

ETA: Oh yeah, after that went
"Mama Mama I feel sick
Call the doctor quick quick
Doctor Doctor will I die
Close your eyes and count to 5
One Two Three Four Five
I'm alive!"

Now I feel better.

#28865 - 05/21/04 02:55 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 04/27/02
Posts: 1257
Loc: Brookline, MA, USA

We did versions of many of these with differences:

We did a version of the "playmate" rhyme with a really complicated hand clap game that I can't remember anymore, and the claps and slaps worked as sort of punctuation/rhythm section for the rhyme.

Oh jolly playmate
Come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three
Climb up my apples tree
Slide down my rainbow
Into my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends
Forever more one-two-three-four.

And we used to do the "cookie" thing on busses, especially. I don't know why. It wasn't for the schoolyard, just busses (especially on field trips). But it went "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?" Nothing about a shop. But then, I grew up in a culture thoroughly acquainted with the cookie.

Oh, and I remember one skipping game we used to do where you got into the ropes and skipped while you sang (for example) "'A' my name is Amy, my husband's name is Allan, I come from Alabama, and I sell apples" and so on for all the letters of the alphabet. And you were out if you got caught in the rope OR if you couldn't come up with appropriate names, places, and things to sell.

I remembered another one: "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear," but I can't remember how it goes after:

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground...

#28866 - 05/21/04 03:00 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 02/26/02
Posts: 614
Loc: north carolina

Wow. Daegaer, you and marykmac made my already excellent day. Thanks!

VegetarianOnHiatus, the Miss Susie one was among those stuck in the tips of my fingers. Thanks for refreshing my memory!

#28867 - 05/21/04 03:11 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 07/18/02
Posts: 1089
Loc: Somerville, MA, USA

tygrkatt, that's it! Thank you so much! I think there's a little more to it, maybe a line before the "boyfriend" line, but who knows what it could be?

voiceofreason, while reading the "Spanish lady" rhymes upthread, I recognized them but couldn't remember what we used in place of "Spanish lady." It was definitely "Teddy bear," but I don't remember it any more than you do.

ETA: Can someone post the words to "Miss Mary Mac(k)?" All I can remember is "Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, all dressed in black, black, black, with (something) buttons, buttons, buttons, all down her back, back, back..."
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around!
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch the ground!
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, climb the stairs....

And then my mind goes into a random Monty Python song and rounds it out with "Teddy bear, teddy bear, ain't got hairs" which I know isn't right. Maybe the "climb the stairs" wasn't really in there either. So actually, I got nothin'.

#28868 - 05/21/04 03:35 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 02/03/04
Posts: 34
Loc: Arlington, VA

I think we finished it this way...

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, say your prayers.

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn out the light,
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, say goodnight.

#28869 - 05/21/04 03:46 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 04/12/02
Posts: 428
Loc: Dublin, Ireland

VegetarianOnHiatus, the last "teddy-bear" line is

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.

Now I'm remembering a ball-bouncing rhyme we had:

The king of the Jews,
Bought his wife,
A pair of shoes.
When the shoes
Began to fail,
Went to jail.

This was sung while bouncing two small balls off a wall. On the last syllable/word of a line one ball was bounced off the ground and the wall while the other was being bounced off the wall. On the second go around the last syllable/word was repeated, with two ground-wall bounces, on the third, the word was said three times, etc (ie "Archi-bald-bald-bald"). There were variations on actions, like you could do the ground-wall bounce through your legs, or under one leg, or substitute a 360-degree twirl for the ground-wall bounce.

Those ball bouncing games were like crack. I could never do them with more than two balls, but the older girls on the road could manage three balls easily.

#28870 - 05/21/04 03:48 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 02/26/02
Posts: 614
Loc: north carolina

Miss 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 fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant
Jump the fence, fence, fence
He jumped so high, high, high
He touched the sky, sky, sky
And he didn't come back, back, back
'Til the Fourth of July, ly, ly

Was there more than that? Part of me thinks so, but my mind draws a total blank.

#28871 - 05/21/04 04:25 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 04/27/02
Posts: 1257
Loc: Brookline, MA, USA

Oh, that ball-bouncing rhyme reminds me of a completely different kind of bouncing game, where you would dribble a playground ball like a basketball player and swing your leg over it:

One, two, three, O'Leary
Four, five, six, O'Leary
Seven, eight, nine, O'Leary
Ten, O'Leary, I made it!

You bounce on the numbers and swing on the O'Learys. I do not know who O'Leary is. I learned this one directly from my mother, not from other girls at school.

#28872 - 05/21/04 05:01 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 08/28/00
Posts: 1954
Loc: Dublin, Ireland

Hee, Daegaer, we did "vote, vote, vote for DeValera..." as well. But as neither you or I are hardly Dev vintage, I think it must have just lasted a long time. Maybe it was just a Drumcondra thing? (Note to others: Daegaer and I hail from more or less the same part of Dublin)

We also skipped to "teddy bear, teddy bear". And we had one that went "Teddy on the telephone, miss a loop you're out". Of course, if one skipper ran out and you missed a loop, you were, well, out.

Our "playmate" handclap thing was:

See-See my playmate
Come back and play with me
Under the apple tree
To set my dolly free
So sorry playmate
I cannot play with you
My dolly has the flu
And you might catch it too!

We had another clapping one that went:

All the girls in France
Do the hula hula dance
And the dance they do
Is enough to tie a shoe
And the shoe they tie
Is enough to tell a lie
And the lie they tell
is enough to go to Hell
And the hell they go
Is down! Be! Low!

Then there was another skipping rhyme which was sort of fake Irish and nonsense words - I'll render it phonetically, although I don't think any of it really meant anything.

Um pom pay, tooralay, toora-lesh-kail
Um pom pay, tooralay
Okadami, Sofami
Okadami, woof, woof!

I think it's incredible how universal some of these things are - kids in Dublin and California were singing the same rhymes. The kids who live on my road (familiar to readers of my LJ) are always skipping, and, to my delight, use the same rhymes I did twenty years ago.

#28873 - 05/21/04 06:37 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Ching Shih

Registered: 06/02/00
Posts: 1754
Loc: Northern California

Not a rhyme for playing jumprope or anything, but Bear, yours about the girls in France reminded me of one. I can't believe nobody has posted:

There's a place in France
Where the naked ladies dance
There's a hole in the wall
Where the boys can see it all
But the boys don't care
Cause they don't wear underwear.

Or words to that effect; I think that's slightly wrong, but you get the idea.

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