Opie collection of children's games & songs

Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie (part 1 of 2)

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  • Subjects

    Children's games; Children's songs

  • Recording date

    1976-08 and 1976-12

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Opie collection of children's games and songs

  • Recording locations

    Montrose, Angus and Oban, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, Scotland

  • Speakers

    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 of 2. 00:00:00 - 00:06:04. This recording contains eleven uninterrupted renditions of songs that a young boy explains can be used for 'doublers' (this is presumably the ball game 'doublers' as noted by the Opies in their book 'Children's Games With Things'). Many of these rhymes are for skipping. They include the rhymes: 'Mrs Dunlop' [00:00:14 - 00:00:35]; the popular ball-game rhyme 'Over the Garden Wall' [00:00:36 - 00:00:49]; 'One, Two, Three and a Larry' [00:01:07 - 00:01:21]; 'When I Was One' [00:01:22 - 00:04:06]; the skipping rhyme 'Cowboy Joe' [00:04:07 - 00:04:21]; 'Anything You Like' [00:04:22 - 00:04:33]; 'Jelly on a Plate' [00:04:34 - 00:04:56]; 'Down in the Meadow' [00:04:57 - 00:05:30]; 'Mother in the Kitchen' [00:05:31 - 00:05:43] and 'Teddy, Teddy' which seems to be a version of 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear' [00:05:44 - 00:06:04]. The children also sing a short rhyme about 'Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men' [00:00:50 - 00:01:06]. There is no conversation or discussion on the recording and there is slight distortion throughout.

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    Item notes: Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie. Speakers' notes: Group of Scottish schoolchildren. Recording notes: Relatively high-level recording, distorted throughout. Otherwise good.

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