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

    Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

  • Interviewers

    Opie, Iona (speaker, female)

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    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 3 of 3. [00:00:00 - 00:07:00] This recording continues on immediately from C898-14-02 as schoolgirls from St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Primary School continue to discuss with Iona Opie ball game rhymes and singing games. When the recording begins Iona and the children are discussing the ball game rhyme 'Shirley Bassey is a Star' as heard at the end of the C898-14-02 recording. One girl explains that when they play this ball game they must juggle the balls before having to complete a number of different actions with them [00:00:00 - 00:00:54]. This explanation is then interrupted by one of the girls asking for Iona Opie's autograph [00:01:01]. The schoolgirls then move on to perform singing games. They sing 'We Break Up, We Break Down', commonly sung at the end of the school term [00:01:05 - 00:01:22] and 'In and Out the Dancing Bluebells' (most commonly referred to as 'In and Out the Dusty Bluebells') [00:01:22 - 00:03:02]. Iona comments that this song is 'beautiful' and that Father Damian Webb 'liked' it. [00:03:03 - 00:03:59] There is then a short pause in the recording and Iona is now with an unidentified female speaker. She discusses the singing game 'King William was King James' Son' and explains that she played this in this same school when she was a child. She notes that she liked the words, although she realises now that they were 'just nonsense words' [00:03:03 - 00:05:58]. The female speaker than asks a young girl who is with her to sing the clapping game 'Em Pom Pee'. She explains that when the girl first learnt this song she thought it was Polish as she learnt it from a 'little Polish girl'. The recording then ends abruptly [00:06:00 - 00:07:00].

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

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