On the mountain

Description

English

This footage was filmed in Edinburgh in 1951. According to the Opies the song ‘On the Mountain’ is related to the singing games ‘Yonder Stands a Lovely Lady’ and ‘There She Stands a Lovely Creature’. A version of these songs which echoes many of the core lyrics was obtained by Newell in New York, in or before 1883.

In this footage we see the girls using this song to accompany a skipping game. The name given in the song (‘Hazel’) seems to be interchangeable; there are examples of many other names being substituted. Perhaps the name being used here is the name of one of the girls in the game.

Transcript

Transcript

Children: [Singing]

On the mountain stands a lady
Who she is, I cannot tell.
All she wants is gold and silver,
All she wants is a nice young man.
So call in my Hazel dear, Hazel dear, Hazel dear,
So call in my Hazel dear, Hazel dear.

Title:
On the mountain
Date:
1951
Duration:
00:37
Format:
Video
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Scottish Screen Archive
Held by
Scottish Screen Archive

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