Shirley Temple

Description

English

This recording was made by Iona Opie in Liss, Hampshire in 1976 and records a small group of girls performing the then popular singing game ‘I’m Shirley Temple’. According to the Opies this game can be traced back to Scotland in the 1960s where it emerged ‘fully fledged’ before spreading across the county. The song was accompanied by actions such as having to press your fingers into your cheeks to create dimples when referring to Shirley Temple and lifting up your skirt. Of particular interest is the line: ‘Oh Salome, Salome, you should see Salome’. Most children were unaware of who ‘Salome’ was (the daughter of Herodias, from the New Testament) and as a result this line had many variations such as ‘Selomi’, ‘Salone’, ‘Salolie’, ‘Saraly’, ‘Salami’ and ‘slowly’.

Transcript

Transcript

Girl:

They only do:

All: [Singing]

I’m Shirley Temple, the girl with curly hair,
I’ve got two dimples and wear my skirts up there.
But I’m not able to do the sexy cable,
But I’m Shirley Temple the girl with curly hair.
Oh …

Girl:

And then that’s where …

Iona Opie:

And why do you do it if you don’t really like doing it?

Girl:

Well,

Girl:

It’s okay.

Girl:

Yeah, sometimes it’s okay. But if you’ve got a crowd around you it embarrasses you and you don’t want to do it.

Girl:

Because all the boys crowd around.

Girl:

Because especially the boys.

Girl:

Yes.

Girl:

And then they start joining in and they make all silly remarks.

Girl:

Yeah.

Girl:

‘Cause when you go around you’ve got your eyes closed and if you go to a boy they go, urgh, and run off.

Title:
Shirley Temple
Date:
1976
Duration:
1:06
Format:
Video
Language:
English
Creator:
Iona Opie, Peter Opie
Usage terms

With thanks to Getty Images
Audio: © British Library

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C898/21

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