Opie collection of children's games & songs

Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Peter Charlton

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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

    North London, England

  • Interviewers

    Charlton, Peter (speaker, male)

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    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 of 1. 00:00:00 - 00:09:48. This recording was originally recorded by Peter Charlton and re-recorded by Iona Opie in 1972. It is a short recording that contains continuous and uninterrupted renditions of clapping and skipping games popular in North London. These include 'Under the Bram Bush' [00:00:00 - 00:00:17]; 'When I had the Scarlet Fever' (sung to the same tune as 'I Went to a Chinese Restaurant') [00:00:19 - 00:01:14]; 'I'm a Little Dutch Girl' [00:01:15 - 00:02:25]; 'Miss Lucy Had a Baby' [00:02:25- 00:03:28]; 'Wash, Shrink, Drip, Dry' [00:03:29 - 00:04:54] and 'A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea' [00:04:20 - 00:05:17]. The children's skipping songs include well-known rhymes such as 'I'm a Little Bumper Car' [00:06:02 - 00:06:13]; 'I'm a Little Girl Guide' [00:06:27 - 00:06:40]; 'Bluebells, Cockleshells' [00:08:55 - 00:09:15]; 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear' [00:07:15 - 00:07:51]; 'All the Girls in Our Town' [00:09:16 - 00:09:48]; 'Chippy on the Wall Pipe' [00:05:50 - 00:06:01] and 'Gypsy Gypsy' [00:06:56 - 00:07:15]. The recording contains little discussion aside from explanations of how to play the games and the actions that accompany them.

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    Item notes: Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Peter Charlton. Speakers' notes: Group of North London schoolchildren. Recording notes: Poor quality tape dub, with little HF content. Otherwise good.

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