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)
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