Opie collection of children's games & songs

Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie (part 3 of 3)

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    Children's games; Children's songs

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    Opie collection of children's games and songs

  • Recording locations

    Lilliput, Dorset, England

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    Opie, Iona (speaker, female)

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    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 3 of 3. [00:00:00 - 00:16:51]. This is the last track from Lilliput First School, Dorset, 1978.  Iona Opie discusses with the schoolgirls counting out rhymes, singing games, skipping songs, marbles and the topic of 'tomboys'. The recording begins with a performance of a counting out rhyme. One girl recites: 'your shoe is dirty please change it at once'. This continues until the girls have chosen their 'starter' [00:00:00 - 00:01:52]. Following this rhyme are a number of singing games. The girls sing: 'In and Out the Dusty Bluebells' [00:01:53 - 00:04:25]; 'The Hoky Koky' [00:04:57 - 00:06:29]; 'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush' [00:06:57 - 00:08:12]; 'Ring a Ring o'Roses' [00:08:15 - 00:08:50] and 'I'm a Little Girl Guide Dressed in Blue' [00:15:07 - 00:15:30]. The schoolgirls sing a number of skipping songs throughout this track. They begin by performing 'High, Low, Dolly, Pepper' [00:09:10 - 00:09:27] and go on to describe how the game 'Colours' is played [00:09:30 - 00:10:25] and 'Beat the Number' [00:10:25 - 00:11:05].  Other skipping songs performed by the children include 'I'm a Little Bumper Car' [00:11:05 - 00:11:14]; 'All the Girls in Our Class' (a variation of 'All the Girls in Our Town') [00:11:15 - 00:11:30] and 'I Like Coffee, I Like Tea' [00:11:50 - 00:12:06].  One schoolgirl performs a short rhyme for Iona Opie. She sings: 'Red, white and blue, the boys love you, they take you to the pictures and undress you!' Iona Opie then asks: 'is that for skipping, or just for rude?' The children agree it is just a rude rhyme [00:11:31 - 00:11:42]. The children then move on to the topic of tomboys. Iona Opie asks the girls who plays the 'father' when they play the game 'Mothers and Fathers'. One particular girls remarks: 'I'm always a father in games' and laughs. Another girl then explains that this is because she is a 'tomboy'. Iona Opie asks the girls how it is they can tell who is a tomboy and the schoolgirl who regularly plays the 'father' in games explains that she has a 'toolbox' and girls do not normally own these [00:12:10 - 00:15:08]. Towards the end of the recording there is a brief discussion of the game of marbles [00:15:30 - 00:16:51].

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    Item notes: Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie. Speakers' notes: Group of Lilliput schoolchildren

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