Friday, June 7, 2013

Miss Mary Mack
Hand Clapping Games

Alexander High School - 1946
Brookhaven, Mississippi

This picture of high school girls doing a hand clapping game brought back memories of friends and me spending hours playing hand clapping games. I can only remember one song from those days, Miss Mary Mack, and memories of fragments of other songs.

Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack
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

Do you remember any hand clapping games?

Photograph courtesy of
Lincoln Lawrence Franklin Regional Library
100 South Jackson Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601


  1. Okay, now you have taken me back in time. I remember Miss Mary Mack, Ole little playmate, Bo bo ski watten totten. I am not sure if I spelled that last one right. Gosh you just brought back great memories for me. Thank you for this post.

  2. Mary Mack is the only one I can remember! There must have been others.