In the Schoolyard

Elephant Records, Inc. Edition (Canada)

Elephant Records, Inc. Edition (Canada)

Original Release Date: 1981

Re-Release Dates:
June 25, 2007

©1981 Elephant Records Inc.
©2007 Casablanca Kids, Inc.

Distributed by:
Elephant Records, Inc.
A&M Records Canada, Ltd.
A&M Records, Inc.
Casablanca Kids, Inc.

Available On:
Vinyl LP / Cassette / CD

1. Silly Names & Crazy Gibberish
2. Fuzzy Wuzzy

3. Punchinello 47
4. Pufferbellies
5. Ah Si Mon Moine
6. Betty Botter
7. Where Is Thumbkin?
8. The Skunk Said
9. You Can't Make A Turtle Come Out
10. The Duchess at Tea
11. Piccolomini
12. Stone Games
13. La Bamba
14. It's A Small World
15. Love Somebody / A Bushel & A Peck
16. Un Elefante
17. Meetin' in the Building
18. Mommy, What If...
19. Matthew, Mark, Luke & John
20. There Was A Little Man
21. Tall Silk Hat
22. The Wee Cock-Sparra'
23. Rattlin' Bog
24. Woodchuck
25. Down in the Valley, Two by Two
26. Miss Sue
27. Way Down Yonder in the Schoolyard


Album Notes:

Dear Friends,

ith this, our fourth record, we would like to pay a long overdue tribute to one of our most cherished musical resources - the schoolyard - where songs and chants that go back hundreds of years, games that come to us from half-way around the world, jokes as old as Methuselah are passed on and reinterpreted from generation to generation, from culture to culture. Of all of children's traditions, the lore of the schoolyard is the most dynamic and the most contemporary - being transferred, not from parent to child or from teacher to child,but directly from child to child. Each new generation that arrives in the schoolyard in September makes a fresh impact on the process, for children are constantly and avidly responsive to the cultural stimuli of the world around them. They take their grandparents' clapping games and skipping rhymes and adapt them to new references and local contexts, to the latest mythologies and jargon of the mass media, to the rhythms of popular music, to influences from other races and cultures. The lore of the schoolyard is truly organic, in constant process; its richness lies in its continuity
and its change, its universality and its particularity.

efore we became Sharon, Lois & Bram, we spent most of our professional lives working individually with children and music. And now, every year when our concert season has ended, we return, again individually, to the children in their classrooms and schoolyards to make music together and to learn from each other. We have the good fortune to live in a cosmopolitan urban community with a rich racial and cultural mixture. And so, every year we are rewarded with many surprises, many new treasures. We discover the irresistible clapping game like Miss Sue, or what has happened to Punchinello since we were schoolchildren ourselves, or we are reminded of the excruciating silliness of the tongue twister. Our visits back to the schoolyard refresh and revive us, giving us the chance to share this unique cultural heritage and, through our records, pass it along from one schoolyard to another and from generation to another.

- Sharon, Lois & Bram


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