Opie collection of children's games & songs

Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie (part 2 of 2)

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    Children's games; Children's songs

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Opie collection of children's games and songs

  • Recording locations

    Alton, Hampshire, England

  • Interviewers

    Opie, Iona (speaker, female)

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    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 2 of 2. [00:00:00 - 00:18:12]. This recording continues on immediately from the C898-46-01 recording. It contains the audio recorded when a television crew filmed Iona Opie visiting an unspecified school in Alton in 1975.  As with the C898-46-01 recording, this recording contains prolonged periods in which general noise and conversation can be heard. However, some distinct singing games and skipping and clapping songs are audible. The recording begins with schoolgirls singing 'My Mother is a Baker'. After this song has finished Iona remarks that she has never heard this particular song before [00:00:00 - 00:02:05]. The girls also perform the skipping song 'I'm a Little Bumper Car' [00:10:07 - 00:10:23]. The singing games 'Orange Balls' [00:02:06 - 00:04:33], 'The Cat's Got the Measles' [00:04:35 - 00:05:42] and 'We're Going to Ratty, to Ratty Tatty Fair' [00:09:17 - 00:10:06] can also be heard on the recording, as can the clapping songs 'When Susie Was a Baby' [00:05:42 - 00:08:53] and 'Under the Bram Bush' [00:08:54 - 00:09:16]. The remainder of the recording contains general conversation and background noise. At one point in the recording, an unidentified male speaker can be heard explaining to Iona that the teachers do not generally listen to the words or songs that the children are singing. He remarks that as long as the children are 'fully occupied' when playing then the teachers are 'quite content' [00:10:24 - 00:11:16]. Towards the end of the recording, Iona is heard discussing with an unidentified female speaker the rhymes and songs that the children are willing to tell her on tape. She remarks that the children very much abide by what is 'right and proper' [00:11:17 - 00:18:12].

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    Item notes: Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie. Speakers' notes: Group of Alton schoolchildren. Recording notes: Slight wow. Otherwise good throughout.

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