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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    Opie collection of children's games and songs

  • Recording locations

    Four Marks, Hampshire, England

  • Interviewers

    Opie, Iona (speaker, female)

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    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 2 of 2. [00:00:00 - 00:34:38]. This recording, from Four Marks, Hampshire, 1971, continues to interview the schoolchildren heard on the C898-11-01 recording. The interview focuses on a small group of schoolgirls as they perform singing games and clapping and skipping songs. The sound on this recording is often of poor quality. The recording begins with a performance of the rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty'. Iona Opie asks the children if they can use this song as a game and the children seem uncertain. As one girl replies: 'well, if you had a wall and you fell off it?' [00:00:00 - 00:00:23]. There is then a short pause in the recording and when the interview resumes the schoolgirls sing a selection of singing games. These include: 'Orange Balls' [00:01:04 - 00:02:00]; 'Poor Jenny is a Weeping' [00:02:01 - 00:03:24]; 'The Big Ship Sails' [00:09:10 - 00:10:21]; 'My Name Is' [00:10:22 - 00:11:06]; 'I'm a Little Dutch Girl' [00:11:07 - 00:12:38]; 'Have You Ever, Ever, Ever?' [00:13:15 - 00:14:16]; 'Green Gravel' [00:16:15 - 00:17:12] and 'Blubells, Cockleshells' [00:17:13 - 00:17:56]. The schoolchildren also perform a song that they learnt at Sunday School entitled 'The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rocks' [00:30:25 - 00:31:28] and a song that they learnt from the book 'Singing Together' called 'Four in the Boat' [00:33:34 - 00:34:38]. Two children perform songs that they brought to Four Marks after moving there from a previous school. Both children remark upon their reluctance to introduce these songs to their new school friends. For example, the children sing 'I Knew a Girl Who Lived in Majorca' [00:04:28 - 00:06:34] and a particular schoolgirl explains to Iona that she had learnt this song at her previous school but did not introduce it to the new children until another girl, who had also attended her previous school, joined her in Four Marks. Furthermore, a few of the children perform 'I'm Shirley Temple' and one of the schoolgirls explains to Iona that she learnt this song in Wokingham but did not wish to teach it to the children in Four Marks [00:06:46 - 00:08:42].  Throughout the recording the schoolgirls perform a selection of skipping songs for Iona. These are: 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear' [00:18:09 - 00:19:23]; Plum Pie, Apple Tart [00:19:37 - 00:20:22]; 'I'm a Little Bumper Car' [00:20:43 - 00:21:09]; 'Creamy Crackers' [00:21:09 - 00:21:21]; 'Cinderella Dressed in Yellow' [00:21:22 - 00:22:40]; 'Z-Cars' [00:23:43 - 00:2406] and [00:27:14 - 00:27:51]; 'Return to Mississippi' [00:24:07 - 00:24:30]; 'Cross the Bible' [00:24:31 - 00:25:13]; 'I Like Coffee, I Like Tea' [00:28:43 - 00:28:52] and 'Adam and Eve Went Out to Tea' [00:29:35 - 00:29:42]. Three clapping songs can also be heard on the recording. These are: 'Under the Bram Bush' [00:13:11 - 00:13:14]; 'When Susie Was a Baby' [00:14:20 - 00:15:42] and 'I Am a Pretty Little Dutch Girl' [00:26:13 - 00:29:07].

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    Item notes: Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie. Speakers' notes: Group of Four Marks schoolchildren. Recording notes: Slight dropouts to tape extremities. Otherwise good throughout.

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