A Modern American Take on “What’s Your Name? Mary Jane”

The popular rhyme What’s Your Name? Mary Jane goes back to England over 100 years ago.

With the beginning of the new school year, I’ve learnt a new version from a young American schoolgirl.

The funny thing about this one is that it refers to Michael Jackson, but she has no idea who he is! I wonder how many generations of elementary kids this version has gone through. How long ago has it been since Michael Jackson’s been “In”? I’d imagine about 15-20 years.

Here’s the version I just heard, with an mp3 recording…

MP3 What’s Your Name? Mary Jane

What’s Your Name? Mary Jane

What’s Your Name?
Mary Jane
Where do you live?
Down the drain
What’s your number?
Cucumber
What do you eat?
Pigs feet
What do you drink?
Pink ink
What do you wear?
Michael Jackson’s underwear!

The last line gets a big giggle from the kids. Not because it’s Michael Jackson – but because it’s underwear! I guess any mention of that subject with elementary school children will get a laugh!

– Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “A Modern American Take on “What’s Your Name? Mary Jane””

  1. kaz Says:

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