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Grandma Gray

Grandma Gray, rhyme / John Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English

Grandma Gray, rhyme / John Shields & Philip Shields, speech in English

‘Grandma, grandma Gray
Will you let us out to play?
We’ll not go near the water
To chase the ducks away.’

Spoken

‘No, dear children, it’s a very wet day.’

Sung

‘Grandma, grandma Gray
Will you let us out to play?
We’ll not go near the water
To chase the ducks away.’

Spoken

‘Yes dear children, it’s a very fine day.'

Db Item 105 Musictr
Db Item 105 Musictr

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Notes from Hugh Shields

Recorded in 1970. For other versions see A Gomme, The traditional games of England, Scotland and Ireland (vol 1, 1965:390–96). The air was noted from childhood memory as sung by Hugh Shields’s mother. The sound recording and the text above are from Hugh Shield's father and his four-year-old grandson.