Little Tommy Tucker

DESCRIPTION: "Little Tom(my) Tucker sings for his supper. What shall he eat? (White/Brown) bread and butter. How will he cut it without any knife? How will he marry without a wife?"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: c. 1744 (Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: music food marriage
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 519, "Little Tommy Tucker" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #5, p. 123 "(Little Tom Tucker)"
Jack, p. 114, "Little Tommy Tucker" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 81, "Little Tommy Tucker" (1 text)

Roud #19618
NOTES: The Baring-Goulds report that Katherine Elwes Thomas associated this with Cardinal Wolsey, but that has about as much likelihood as most of her other attributions -- i.e. effectively none. - RBW
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File: OO2519

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