This song shares some lines with Miss Mary Mack.
(Historical Black American English)
My mammy gimme fifteen cents
Fer to see dat elephan' jump de fence.
He jump so high, I didn' see why,
If she gimme a dollar he mought not cry.
So I axed my mammy to gimme a dollar,
Fer to go an' hear de elephan' holler.
He holler so loud, he skeered de crowd.
Nex' he jump so high, he tetch de sky;
An' he won't git back 'fore de fo'th o' July.
My Mommy gives me fifteen cents
To see that elephant jump over the fence.
He jumped so high, I didn't see why,
If she gives me a dollar he might not cry.
So I asked my Mommy to give me a dollar,
To go and hear the elephant holler.
He hollered so loud, he scared the crowd.
Next he jumped so high, he touched the sky;
And he won't get back before the forth of July.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This rhyme can be found in Negro Folk Rhymes, Wise and Otherwise, with a Study by Thomas W. Talley of Fisk University (1922).
Standard English version by Lisa Yannucci.
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