Miss Mary Mack

Information About Miss Mary Mack

This song is an old clapping game of unknown origin. It is played by kids sitting in front of each other while clapping their hands in sync with the songs tune. It can also be used as a jump rope rhyme, but that is less common.

The song name is somtimes shortened to just Miss Mary Mac.

Merry Mack is believed to be the most common hand-clapping game in the English-speaking world. It is used from New Zealand to the U. S. There are many different variations to the rhyme. In some older variations fifty cents is actually fifteen cents. It's possible the change was made to speed up the rhyme, and because there isn't much you can buy for fifteen cents anymore.

While the actual origin is unclear, there are several theories. The song could be a reference to the USS Merrimack, which was an iron clad warship in the American Civil War, because it's outer hull was black with large silver-looking rivets. Another possible origin is also from the civil war. It's possible the song is in reference to a famous Union ship named Miss Mary Mack that was take over by the Confederate Army.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

There are a few variations in this version

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 50 pence, pence, pence
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
Jump over the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high
They reached the sky, sky, sky
And they didn’t come back, back, back
So we waved goodbye, bye, bye

Listen to this song's music

21 Comments

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Chloe, Canada

11 February 2014 at 11:28pm

I heard the hippos jump over the fence version on a kids' CD.

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Marry Jhonson, Afghanistan

20 February 2013 at 10:33pm

I Love this missing a part though :p BYEE

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L, United States

10 April 2012 at 12:26am

@Sarah (from St. Bernard) Lol you really helped me try and figure out what those words were! I was sitting with a bunch of friends yesterday trying to remember! It's from the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Stolarz.

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Daniel, United States Minor Outlying Islands

30 March 2012 at 9:37pm

I very much like the cool words.

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Sally, United States

21 February 2012 at 12:47am

Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack needs a back crack crack crack because her dad is jack jack jack

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Violet, Australia

29 January 2012 at 7:17am

Finaaly I can sing & play this with my granddaughter I forgot how the song went ,she just loves it thanks Miss Mary Mac.

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Lady, Costa Rica

8 November 2011 at 2:17pm

good song

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Nayen, United States

5 November 2011 at 5:40pm

I love this song,it's catchy.I can't stop listening to it and I love to play it with my friends. :)

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Marie, United States

31 May 2011 at 9:50pm

that was a very cute song my children won't stop listening to it

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Elsie, Canada

14 May 2011 at 4:16am

Miss mary mac all dressed in black she hit head on some cornbread

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Caleb, Canada

14 May 2011 at 4:14am

Ms.Mary mac mac mac all dressed in black black black she hit her head,head,head on some cornbread,bread,bread

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Sarah, Australia

8 February 2011 at 8:47am

i love this song :)

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Viliil, Bahamas

24 January 2011 at 1:48am

cooool song :)

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Jaz, United States

22 December 2010 at 6:00am

Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack, All dressed in black black black. She has a knife knife knife, stuck in her back back back. She cannot breathe breathe breathe. She cannot cry cry cry. That's why she begs begs begs. She begs to die die die. I learned this one from a book from the "Blue Is For Nightmare" series. I believe it was "White Is For Magic" but I'm not completely sure.

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Sarah, St. Bernard, Louisiana

28 July 2010 at 7:11am

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack All Dressed in black, black, black she can not read, read, read she can not write, write, write that's why she smokes, smokes, smokes Her father's pipe, pipe, pipe. on an even less positive note, i also know this one: Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack All Dressed in black, black, black She has a knife, knife, knife Stuck in her back, back, back She cannot breathe, breathe, breathe She cannot cry, cry, cry thats why she begs, begs, begs She begs to die. morbid, i know, but its from a book

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Josilyn, Walden N.y

14 December 2009 at 12:47am

not good

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Lorette Alexander, Vpk Teacher, Orlando, Fl

12 October 2009 at 5:00pm

Does any one know ALL of the lyrics to Miss Mary Mack? It seems that a verse is missing.

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Gabbiey, New Jersey

18 May 2009 at 9:56pm

there is alot more to miss mary mack

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Sanjay, Cincinnati,ohio

1 May 2009 at 1:29am

i made this up!miss mary mack mack mack is not fat fat fat if you thik she is is is shell give you a smack smack smack.and if you laugh laugh laugh at that that that .shell make your mom mad mad mad. bye taking her cat cat cat and your dad dad dad.

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Elsa, Buena Park Cal.

22 April 2009 at 3:28pm

this is really great! you guys are fun, funny and humerous.

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