“Mary Mack (I)”


"Oh Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, All dressed in black, black, black...." The singer speaks of love, and engages in a series of unprofitable transactions. Much of the song consists of floating verses, e.g. "I went to the river... And I couldn't get across."


Not to be confused with the music hall song of the same title, which involves what sounds to be a shotgun wedding. - RBW

Cross references


  • Hunter children "Miss Mary Mack" (on JohnsIsland1)
  • Children of Lilly's Chapel School, "Mary Mack" (on NFMAla6, RingGames1)


  1. Courlander-NFM, pp. 158-159, "(Mary Mack)" (1 text); p. 279, "Mary Mack" (1 tune, partial text)
  2. Roud #11498
  3. BI, CNFM158B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950 (recording, children of Lilly's Chapel School)
Found in: US(SE)