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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

J is for . . . . .

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack

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 elephants, elephants, elephants

Jump over the fence, fence fence

They jumped so high, high, high

They touched the sky, sky, sky

And didn't come back, back, back

Till the fourth of July, July, July!

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                                  (photo from LIFE Magazine, 1950)

J is for jump rope!  And, that was my favorite jump rope song when I was little!
After the jumper finished the song's last line, she would say "How many elephants came back back,back" and she would then count as she jump rope as fast as she could  jump until she missed!  Whoever counted the highest number of 'elephants' won that round.


  1. I jumped to this rhyme with I was little.

  2. This was my kids favorite jump rope rhyme. This brought back some lovely memory.

    Thank you!

  3. I have not heard that song in a long time. And I actually got out a jump rope two weeks ago--it was not as much fun as I remember.

  4. Fun childhood memories. I wish I could remember even half of the jumprope songs we knew!

  5. never heard this all the way through -- thank you for pointing out that it's a jump rope rhyme (our daughter used to sing this all the time!)

  6. Ahhh...the good old days before video games and facebook...

  7. I know this one too when my kids were younger. It was one of my favorites, and it brought back great memory.

    (On a different matter, I don't know why when I click on your VBR ID, it won't allow me to see your blog. Thus, I couldn't find you to return your kindness.

    I think you will have to enable your blog to be public in the settings, unless that's not what you want!)

  8. Very cute! I took me a bit to figure out, but then I was never any good at jump rope anyway, I always got tangled up. -- Thanks Bill

  9. Its a nice song. I hadn't heard it and for sure with more girls than boys in our one room school I though I knew all the jump rope songs.

    Jumping rope is good exercise. One of my sons can jump for an hour without stopping. I hope you still do it.

    Jim's Alphabe-Thursday

  10. You have rekindled memories of my own childhood! Oh how I loved to jump rope! What a fun memory to share! Thank you today!

  11. I spent hour after hour when I was young playing jumprope with other children but, I must admit, this is a new rhyme to me. Other pasttimes for us in our little North Dakota town included jacks (my favorite by far!), chinese jump rope, and a ball game called seven-up.

  12. I remember 7 up!!!! Played that too!

    Jim, if I jumped rope for 1 hour straight, I would no longer be breathing. I think I could possible jump rope for 3 minutes (and would need Oxegen!!!!

  13. I remember that Jump-rope song...

    I used to have so much fun jumping rope to that!

    Thanks for the reminder of a Joyful memory...

    Great Job!