DESCRIPTION: "Old Aunt Maria (Jack-a-ma-rier) Jumped in the fire. Fire too hot, Jump in the pot. Pot so black, (S)he jumped in a crack. Crack so high, (S)he jumped in the sky. Sky so blue, (S)he jumped in a canoe. Canoe so shallow, (S)he jumped in the tallow." Etc.
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Henry, from Minnie Stokes)
KEYWORDS: lullaby nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE,So)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
BrownIII 134, "Jack-a-Maria" (1 text)
Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 705, "Aunt Maria" (1 text, 1 tune)
MHenry-Appalachians, p. 242, (no title) (1 text)
Browne 157, "Old Zachariah Fell in the Fire" (2 texts plus mention of 1 more, 1 tune)
NOTES [54 words]: Sutton-Smith-NZ, p. 79, has a game, "Jack-a-balan," in which a lighted stick is passed around, with the carrier of the stick asking "Will yae hae Jack-a-balan," to which the answer is, "You chall bear the saddle-ban, Thro moss, thro moor, Throu a' the lan, Take him safe oot o' my han." I have no idea if it is related. - RBW
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