Opie collection of children's games & songs

Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Kathleen Hunt

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    Children's games; Children's songs

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    Opie collection of children's games and songs

  • Recording locations

    Fringford, Oxfordshire, England

  • Interviewers

    Hunt, Kathleen (speaker, female)

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    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 of 1. [00:00:00 - 00:30:35] This recording was made by Kathleen Hunt when she visited Fringford School in Fringford, Oxfordshire, in 1978. Throughout the recording, Kathleen discusses with the children skipping songs and singing games, rhymes, jokes and 'language play', and games based on high physical activity. The recording begins with a performance of the skipping song: 'All in Together Girls' [00:00:00 - 00:01:00]. Other skipping songs performed by the girls include: 'Sausage in a Pan' [00:01:24 - 00:02:00]; 'Jelly on a Plate' [00:02:00 - 00:02:10]; 'Cross the Bible' [00:02:33 - 00:02:55]; 'I'm a Little Bumper Car' [00:03:05 - 000:03:42] and 'I'm a Little Girl Guide' [00:03:43 - 00:04:20]. The children also perform a number of singing games including: 'The Big Ship Sails' [00:07:10 - 00:09:36]; 'Little Sally Waters' [00:15:01 - 00:16:28]; 'The Farmer's in his Den' [00:16:29 - 00:18:25]; 'I Sent a Letter to my Love' [00:18:30 - 00:20:41]; 'An Austrian Went Yodeling' [00:20:42 - 00:22:00] and 'Ging Gang Gooly' [00:26:08 - 00:27:47]. Early in the recording, Kathleen Hunt tells the schoolchildren a riddle called 'The Big Red Rock Eater' and asks the children to suggest riddles of their own [00:04:21 - 00:04:57]. A small group of schoolgirls respond by telling a number of jokes. One recites a 'why did the chicken cross the road?' joke [00:05:00 - 00:05:17] while another schoolgirl asks: 'what's black and 'red' all over?' Answer: 'a newspaper' [00:05:56 - 00:06:19]. The children continue to tell jokes until [00:06:38] in the recording. A number of rhymes and parodies are heard throughout this recording. The children begin by singing a parody of 'Glory, Glory, Hallelujah' [00:022:02 - 00:22:33]. From [00:22:57 - 00:26:07] the children continue to perform similar rhymes. These include rhymes referring to Donald Duck, Mother Brown and a parody of 'In and English Country Garden'. Kathleen Hunt also observes the children playing a number of highly physical games. The children begin by playing 'Eggs, Bacon, Fish and Chips' and one schoolgirl explains to Kathleen how this is played [00:09:39 - 00:13:34]. Other games played by the children are 'Colours' [00:13:35 - 00:15:00] and a game called 'Elephants'. One girl explains that this game is similar to 'In and Out the Dusty Bluebells' but the circle gets 'tighter and tighter' and the children end up sitting on one another's laps.

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    Item notes: Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Kathleen Hunt. Speakers' notes: Group of Fringford schoolchildren. Recording notes: Slight L/R imbalance. Otherwise good throughout.

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