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Children's songs/games ca. 1912

27 Feb 01 - 09:55 PM (#407704)
Subject: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I've been invited to a Girl Scout Costume Tea Party in 2 weeks, and have been asked to teach a song/game/dance that children would have played when Girl Scouting began in 1912. I have some ideas of my own but would love to hear other suggestions, especially if you can back them up with sources!


27 Feb 01 - 11:17 PM (#407739)
Subject: RE: Help: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: mousethief

I have a book, Songs and Games of American Children, which was first published in the 1870's, I believe. Presumably most of those songs and games were still being played in 1912. What sort of song/game would you like? I can look something up for you!

Alex


28 Feb 01 - 06:42 AM (#407861)
Subject: RE: Help: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: black walnut

Would you mind writing a list of what you've come up with so far? That way we won't be duplicating efforts.

Sounds like a fun theme night!

~black walnut


28 Feb 01 - 11:40 AM (#408000)
Subject: RE: Help: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: mousethief

Okay, I was wrong. The book is a reproduction of the 2nd edition which was published in 1903. This is really close to your target year, so just about anything in the book should be appropriate!

To help you out, I'll give the chapter titles:

Love-Games
Histories
Playing at Work
Humor and Satire
Flower Oracles, etc.
Bird and Beast
Human Life
The Pleasures of Motion
Mirth and Jest
Guessing-Games
Games of Chase
Certain Games of Very Little Girls
Ball, and Similar Sports
Rhymes for Counting Out
Mythology
Aftermath [death]

Love to help you -- brought the book to work today so I cna look stuff up for you. Let me know!

Alex


28 Feb 01 - 11:53 AM (#408010)
Subject: RE: Help: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: mousethief

Anima, go ahead and PM me, or better yet email me at the address I will PM you.

Alex


28 Feb 01 - 12:58 PM (#408062)
Subject: RE: Help: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: Tinker

The Girl Scout Camp I went to as a child (Bonnie Brea) opened in 1918. When cleaning up my songbook for lyric problems I found that the song we sang as White Sails...

White sails they never grow weary
They carry me cheerily over the sea
Night falls I long for my dearie
I spread out my white sails and sail home to thee.

Probably began as White Wings which was written in 1912. You can find it and the midi at www.contemplator.com/folk2/wwings.html
If it's not in the DT I'll post later when I've got more time.

I think this may be the tune to the Black Socks parody sung at camp today.Good Luck I'll try to find a few more on Friday.

Tinker


11 Jun 08 - 08:58 AM (#2363128)
Subject: RE: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: GUEST

i went 2 a chinese restraunt 2 buy a loaf of bread bread bread the waiter asked me what my name was and this is what i said said said my name is pi pickle low pickle low tamato chinese japanese dirty knees don't look at these criss cross apple sause do me a favor get lost


24 May 10 - 01:54 PM (#2913253)
Subject: RE: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: GUEST,guest , KY

Hey doing year 1912 in me school... anything good... like food and games, and clotes n lifestyle


01 Dec 11 - 08:07 AM (#3266634)
Subject: RE: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: GUEST,Lindsay

Looking for some childrens games from 1913. Not rhymes, chants etc but actual games/toys/craft ideas for a centenary holiday with children in 2013


01 Dec 11 - 08:59 AM (#3266659)
Subject: RE: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: Jack Campin

You want Alice Gomme's enormous collection:

works on the Internet Archive


18 Apr 12 - 09:06 PM (#3340189)
Subject: RE: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: GUEST,ruth elizabeth

I have to do a report on game that were popular in 1912 and bring on in any ideas


25 Apr 12 - 08:08 PM (#3343318)
Subject: RE: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: Azizi

In case readers here may not be aware of this resource, here's a link to Kansas Historical Quarterly - Kansas Play-Party Songs by Myra E. Hull

November 1938 (Vol. 7, No. 4), pages 258 to 286
Transcribed by lhn; digitized with permission of the Kansas Historical Society:



Myra E. Hull writes "KANSAS Play-Party Songs" is a part of a collection of songs which I began to set down in 1929, as a memorial to my mother, Eliza Sinclair Hull, and her singing life. For eighty years there was always a song on her lips and in her heart. Through all the hardships of pioneer life, through the drudgery of rearing a family of seven, she sang. Her first song, in 1849, was

Oh, Susannah, don't you cry for me;
I'm going to California, the gold mines to see.

Her last song, in 1929, was "Old Black Joe." "

-snip-

I've found several examples in that compilation that may be sources of military cadences - for instance the line "I left my wife with 17 children" in the play party sound "Jumbo" reminds me of the line "I left my wife with 42 children..." which is often found in the Duckworth chant (Your Left, Your left, Your left, right, left).

And the play party song "Captain Jinks" (which Hull indicates was a popular Civil War song) reminds me of "Hey Ho Captain Jacks".

Among other songs found in that compilation is a version of "Tideo" and "Draw Me A Bucket Of Water". I've added several video & text examples of those two songs on this page of my Cocojams website:
http://cocojams.com/content/childrens-game-songs-and-movement-rhymes
Children's Game Songs And Movement Rhymes

It's likely that some of those play party songs were known in 1912 or thereabouts. Regretfully, most people nowadays don't know them.


25 Apr 12 - 08:13 PM (#3343321)
Subject: RE: Children's songs/games ca. 1912
From: Azizi

My apologies for that terrible html mistake.

Let me try again:

Here's the link for various game songs and play party songs from Kansas from a collection published in 1939 that covers 80 years:

http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-historical-quarterly-kansas-play-party-songs/12756


And here's the link to my Cocojamssite for video examples of Tideo and Draw Me A Bucket of Water:
http://cocojams.com/content/childrens-game-songs-and-movement-rhymes