39. Little Tom Tucker

The Pumpkin-Eater

Lyrics: Little Tom Tucker

Little Tom Tucker
Sings for his supper.
What shall he eat?
White bread and butter.
How will he cut it
Without e’er a knife?
How will he be married
Without e’er a wife?

Song

To ‘sing for one’s supper‘ was a proverbial phrase by the seventeenth century. To ‘sing for one’s supper’ was a proverbial phrase by the seventeenth century in reference to the idea one has to perform a service in order to be feed.