Saturday, January 14, 2006

Illustration Friday: E is for Elephant

The elephant that jumped over the fence from a playground rhyme called "Miss Mary Mack." As a child, I loved singing and playing this hand-clapping song with my friends. Little did we know that it dated back to the early American slave lore of the Gullah people. They spoke a Creole blend of Elizabethan English and African languages and lived along the southern coastline. Listen online to Miss Mary Mack. Just scroll down to the third CD titled "Feel Like Journey On" and click on the songlist title: Miss Mary Mack (Traditional). Enjoy! :-)

Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
all dressed in black, black, black
with silver buttons, buttons, buttons
up and down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother
for fifty cents, cents, cents,
to watch the elephant, elephant, elephant
jump over the fence, fence, fence.

He jumped so high, high, high
he reached the sky, sky, sky
and he never came back, back, back
'til the fourth of July, 'ly, 'ly.

17 Comments:

Blogger cosmos said...

I love this illustration! I remember "Otis Redding" (I think) singing this song in the late "60's". Back then it was called "Walkin' The Dog". It is and will always be one of my favorites.

5:10 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Your illustration totally made me smile. We ALWAYS did Miss Mary Mack!!! I just taught it to my little niece last summer. Love the elephant...you really captured how I imagined the elephant to look. That is so, so cool! I love it!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Hhehheeee, Entertained by music and your Eloping Elephant! Elevating :)

10:02 PM  
Blogger isay said...

i don't know the song but it looks fun and ├Żour illustration is so cool!

2:49 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Entertaining, enchanting, excellent, enumerative!

6:16 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Fantastic colors! The lighting quality you've created just makes everything work together perfectly!

7:40 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

What an extremely cool take on e! Love it! Off to check out the song...

2:48 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Very talented! Excellent illo!

8:37 PM  
Blogger ecm said...

Mucho thanks for your feedback, Cosmos, Melba, Anonymous, Isay, Ginger, Amy, Liz and Ellen! I'm so glad you stopped by to see the elephant that jumped the fence! :-)

12:50 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

There's a Newfoundland tune (or maybe it's just interpreted by the band Great Big Sea) called Meri-Mac that I love. Very fast with a line that goes, "Meri-Mac's mother's making Meri-Mac marry me, my mother's making me marry Meri-Mac!" Love the elephant.

11:24 AM  
Blogger karen lee said...

I'm enthralled by the evocative evening environment and the ethereally elevated elephant. Excellent!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

That is great info. I am always intrigued about the origins of children's songs. This was interesting and a lovely illo too. Cheers!

5:40 PM  
Blogger LudaChristian said...

This is awesome -- I love the etched look it has to it... reminds me of a few children's books I used to read as a youngster.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Fiestoforo said...

Great Elephant!
Great Escaping as well!
Thanks for your comments back there--Many have thought of Elephants, it must be some intricate corner whithin our human brains...
Salud!

4:44 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Nice perspective and colors here!

9:12 AM  
Blogger carla said...

I love this! How did i miss it? This is just such a flight of fancy, if you'll pardon the pun...the elephant looks like its's having the time of its life:>

3:04 PM  
Blogger ecm said...

Thanks for your comments Andrea, Karen, Holly, Christian, Fiestoforo, Steve and Carla! Yes, Fiestoforo, the elephants have emerged from deep within our humanoid DNA. I'm so happy people have their own take on my illo--thanks for sharing! :-)

10:01 AM  

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