My Mummy

Description

English

This film shows a group of Year 6 children in a Sheffield school playground doing a well-known clapping game. Elsewhere the song begins with the line ‘I Went to a Chinese Restaurant’. This has been popular in Britain since at least the late 1960s and has developed into a number of distinct versions, depending on the ending. Here it moves without a break into ‘My name is ____’ which was a separate movement routine of its own in playgrounds 50 years ago. Whereas then the movie star would be Diana Dors or Marilyn Monroe, it is nowadays more often a female pop singer, Katy Perry or Britney Spears being popular choices.

The use of ‘Tracy Beaker’ in this performance is particularly interesting since she is a fictional character from a series of books by Jacqueline Wilson which have been adapted for television and for a film, Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me (2004). Far from being a glamorous movie or pop star, Tracy is a feisty but rebellious 12-year-old in care at a children’s home. It is her mum who is, or is imagined by Tracy to be, the movie star. In this video, one of the boys joins in, both singing the song with its risqué references to female underwear and being ‘sexy’, and doing the suggestive movements which accompany them, adding to the humour of the performance.

Transcript

Transcript

Children:

[Clapping and singing]
My mummy sent me shopping,
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread.
She wrapped it up in a £5 note and this is what she said, said, said.
My name is Tracy Beaker
I’m a movie star with curly whirly knickers and a see-through bra,
I’ve got the hips, the lips, the sexy legs,
If you want to marry me then just count to three
One, two, three.
My mummy sent me shopping,
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread,
She wrapped it up in a £5 note and this is what she said, said, said.
My name is Tracy Beaker
I’m a movie star with curly whirly knickers and a see-through bra,
I’ve got the hips, the lips, the sexy legs,
If you want to marry me then just count to three
One, two, three.
My mummy sent me shopping to buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread,
She wrapped it up in a £5 note and this is what she said, said, said,
My name is Tracy Beaker
I’m a movie star with curly whirly knickers and a see-through bra,
I’ve got the hips, the lips, the sexy legs,
If you want to marry me then just count to three
One, two [screams]

Title:
My Mummy
Date:
2010
Duration:
1:46
Format:
Video
Copyright:
© British Library
Held by
British Library

Related articles

An introduction to clapping games

Article by:
Michael Rosen
Theme:
Clapping games

Clapping games are the big recent success story of the playground and have exploded in popularity since the 1960s.

Clapping games

Article by:
Julia Bishop
Theme:
Clapping games

Clapping games have been a popular form of children's play for generations, Julia Bishop examines their continued popularity in 21st century.

Related collection items