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Origins: Miss Mary Jane Game

GUEST,Casey Paulsen 23 Aug 12 - 09:57 PM
Joe Offer 24 Aug 12 - 12:02 AM
Joe Offer 24 Aug 12 - 12:27 AM
Joe Offer 24 Aug 12 - 12:42 AM
Joe Offer 24 Aug 12 - 12:54 AM
GUEST,999 24 Aug 12 - 03:33 PM
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Subject: Origins: Miss Mary Jane Game
From: GUEST,Casey Paulsen
Date: 23 Aug 12 - 09:57 PM

Does anyone know the play party game that goes with "Miss Mary Jane" (also known as "Riding in a Buggy")? I want to teach it to my 3rd graders at the start of school.


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Subject: ADD: Riding in a Buggy Miss Mary Jane
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 12:02 AM

Well, the book was way up high and I broke a lampshade getting up there, but I did find the song in a school songbook. It's also mentioned in this message, so follow the link and then check the related thread.

Here's the song:

RIDING IN A TAXI, MISS MARY JANE

Riding in a taxi (buggy), Miss Mary Jane,
Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane,
Riding in a taxi (buggy), Miss Mary Jane,
I'm a long ways from home.

CHORUS
Who waits for me? Who waits for me?
Who waits for me, my darling,
Who waits for me?

Board a helicopter with Pilot Brown,
With Pilot Brown, with Pilot Brown,
Board a helicopter with Pilot Brown,
And we'll fly over town.
CHORUS

Folk song from South Carolina, words adapted

There's a recording of this song here (click) on YouTube. You gotta see it.

This one (click) is good, too.

Now somebody's going to ask for the details of the game, and I'm going to have to plead ignorance. The school songbook got the song from Dorothy Scarborough's On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs - anybody have that book?

-Joe-
Here's the message from the other thread:

Thread #88835   Message #1669861
Posted By: Azizi
15-Feb-06 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sally's Got Mud Between Her Toes
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally's Got Mud Between Her Toes

Thread drift:

Sally sure did get around. She may have had mud between her toes {meaning been a country girl?}, but at some point she moved to the big city-as documented by these verses:


Sally got a house in Baltimo',
Baltimo', Baltimo'
Sally got a house in Baltimo'
And it's three stories high

Sally got a house in Baltimo',
Baltimo', Baltimo'
Sally got a house in Baltimo'
An' it's full of chicken pie

-snip-


These are floating verses used in a number of songs including this one:

Ridin' in the buggy, Miss Mary Jane
Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane
Ridin' in the buggy, Miss Mary Jane
I'm a long way from home

(chorus)
Who moan for me?
Who moan for me?
Who moan for me, my darlin'?
Who moan for me?

See:
http://listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind9710a&L=hwy61-l&F=&S=&P=61714

[sorry I can't get the clicky thingy to work right now]


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Subject: ADD Version: Riding in a Buggy Miss Mary Jane
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 12:27 AM

This page (click) has another version:

RIDING IN A BUGGY
Traditional

Lyrics:

Riding in the buggy Miss Mary Jane,
Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane.
Riding in the buggy Miss Mary Jane,
I'm a long way from home.

Come ride with me.
Come ride with me.
Come ride with me, my darling.
Come ride with me.

Riding in a train Miss Mary Jane,
Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane.
Riding in a train Miss Mary Jane,
I'm a long way from home.

Come ride with me....

Flying in a plane Miss Mary Jane,
Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane.
Flying in a plane Miss Mary Jane,
I'm a long way from home.

Come ride with me....




Activities:

Sing Along:
During the verses, pretend to ride in the vehicle for that verse. For the chorus, you can continue to "ride" in that vehicle or pat your laps to the beat.   Alternatively, you could make the sound of that vehicle during the chorus (instead of "Come ride with me," sing "zoom zoom zoom zoom" or "fly fly fly fly"). Take suggestions for what to ride in each verse.

Lap Song: You could also put your child in your lap and instead of changing what vehicle or mode of transportation you ride, you could take suggestions for what else to do in a buggy (bounce, tickle, shake, turn, lean, fly, hug, etc.). For example, "Bouncing in a buggy Miss Mary Jane..."


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Subject: ADD Version: Riding in the Buggy Miss Mary Jane
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 12:42 AM

RIDING IN THE BUGGY, MISS MARY JANE

Riding in the buggy, Miss Mary Jane,
Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane.
Riding in the buggy, Miss Mary Jane,
I'm a long way from home.

CHORUS
Who moan for me?
Who moan for me?
Who moan for me, my darling?
Who moan for me?


Sally's got a house in Baltimore,
In Baltimore, in Baltimore,
Sally's got a house in Baltimore,
And it's full of chicken pie.
CHORUS

I've got a girl in Baltimore,
In Baltimore, in Baltimore,
I've got a girl in Baltimore,
And she's sixteen stories high.
CHORUS

Fare you well, my little bitty Ann,
My little bitty Ann, my little bitty Ann,
Fare you well, my little bitty Ann,
For I'm going away.
CHORUS


Notes: Improvisation and Rhythmic Play: Miss Mary Jane may ask to ride in a car, or on a trolley, an airplane, a camel, and elephant.
The accompaniment can be adapted accordingly. This is a favorite car riding song while going to and from school.

Source: American Folk Songs For Children, by Ruth Crawford Seeger, pages 78-79

Mike and Peggy Seeger recorded this song on their Rounder double CD titled American Folk Songs For Children, which includes all the songs in this wonderful book.


Ruth Crawford Seeger's source for this song is also Dorothy Scarborough's On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs.



Hey, and Bob Dylan referred to this song in his song "Tryin to Get to Heaven." An excerpt:
    I'm going down the river
    Down to New Orleans
    They tell me everything is gonna be all right
    But I don't know what "all right" even means
    I was riding in a buggy with Miss Mary-Jane
    Miss Mary-Jane got a house in Baltimore
    I been all around the world, boys
    Now I'm trying to get to heaven before they close the door


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Subject: ADD Version: Miss Mary Jane
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 12:54 AM

Well, I found Dorothy Scarborough's On the Trail of Negro Folk-songs (Page 117) at Google Books, so I suppose I should post the original, even though it's almost the same as the Seeger version:

MISS MARY JANE

Ridin' in de buggy, Miss Mary Jane
Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane
Ridin' in the buggy, Miss Mary Jane
I'm a long ways from home

CHORUS
Who moan for me?
Who moan for me?
Who moan for me, my darlin'?
Who moan for me?

Sally got a house in Baltimo',
Baltimo', Baltimo'
Sally got a house in Baltimo'
And it's three stories high
CHORUS

I got a gal in Baltimo',
Baltimo', Baltimo'
I got a gal in Baltimo',
And she's three stories high


Notes: [This] song was heard sung by slaves in York County, South Carolina, by Dr. W.F. More, when he was a boy.

Click to play (joeweb)



Here are listings for the song in the Folk Music Index:

Riding in the Buggy, Miss Mary Jane
  1. Seeger, Ruth Crawford (eds.) / American Folk Songs for Children, Doubleday/Zephyr Books, Sof (1948), p 78
  2. Lomax, Alan / Folk Songs of North America, Doubleday Dolphin, Sof (1975/1960), p498/#259 (Miss Mary Jane)
  3. Mursell, James, et.al.(eds.) / Music Now and Long Ago, Silver Burdette, Bk (1956), p130
  4. Kersey, Robert E. (ed.) / Just Five; A Collection of Pentatonic Songs, Belwin Mills, Fol (1972), p29 (Ridin' in a Buggy)
  5. Seeger, Peggy. American Folk-Blues Train, Castle Music CMETD 648, CD( (2003/1957), trk# 3.07 (Ridin' in a Buggy)
  6. Seeger, Peggy and Mike. American Folk Songs for Children, Rounder 8001/8002/8003, CD( (1977), trk# 1-21
[I checked all of these sources but Kesey, and they all come from Scarborough]


Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:

Miss Mary Jane (Riding in the Buggy, Who Moan for Me)

DESCRIPTION: "Ridin' in the buggy, Miss Mary Jane... Long way from home. Who moan for me...." "Sally got a house in Baltimore... And it's three stories high. "Sally got a house in Baltimore, filled with chicken pie."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (Scarborough)
KEYWORDS: courting home nonballad nonsense
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 117, "Miss Mary Jane" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 259, "Miss Mary Jane" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST LoF259 (Partial)
Roud #11595
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Letter from Down the Road" (lyrics)
NOTES: I know it looks like "Old Joe Clark." But it's not. - RBW
File: LoF259

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Bibliography
Go to the Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2012 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Miss Mary Jane Game
From: GUEST,999
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 03:33 PM

http://www.tlgmusic.com/song-index-contents/riding-in-a-buggy

That site has many such 'game' songs on it and might be useful to a Grade 3 teacher.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Miss Mary Jane Game
From: Stanron
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 05:39 PM

Am I being inexcusably naive in asking if there is an unexpressed reference here to alcohols unacceptable alternative?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Miss Mary Jane Game
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 12 - 06:28 PM

I think you're being anachronistic, Stanron. I don't think "Mary Jane" was a name for marijuana among slaves in South Carolina - it was simply a common name, like the name of the shoes.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origins: Miss Mary Jane Game
From: GUEST,Michelle M
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 06:32 AM

The Indianapolis Children's Choir do this as a beat activity with 2nd and 3rd graders:

Children stand in a circle holding hands, they circle around in one direction on the first half of the verse (Riding in a buggy Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane, Miss Mary Jane). They walk the circle in the opposite direction for the second half of the verse (Riding in a buggy Miss Mary Jane, I'm a long way from home). Steps should be on the beat.

As the chorus begins the children drop hands, every second child will turn to face the child to his or her right, and every other child will turn to their left. The direction in which each child turns should be designated in advance. Each pair then does a 4-beat pat/clap pattern with their partner. Pat knees, clap hands together, pat hands against partner's hands, clap hands together again and repeat. (Who moan for me my darlin', who moan for me? Who moan for me my darlin', who moan for me?)

Children then hold hands and repeat from the start.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Miss Mary Jane Game
From: GUEST,Michelle M
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 06:35 AM

The clapping pattern in the chorus follows the beat and happens 4 times. It's a great exercise for young children because the rhythm of the words do not fall on the beat.


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