“All Jolly Fellows That Handles the Plough”

Alternate titles: “The Jolly Fellows Who Follow the Plough”; “We Are Jolly Fellows that Follow the Plough”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads 148)
Keywords: farming work drink nonballad horse worker pride boss
Found in: Britain(England(All),Scotland)


Singer and fellow ploughmen finish their work; they will unyoke their horse and groom him, after which the (singer/master) promises them a jug of ale. At dawn they will begin again. Refrain: "You're all jolly fellows that follows (handles) the plough"

Cross references




  1. Kennedy 241, "All Jolly Fellows" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. MacCollSeeger 102, "All Jolly Fellows That Handles the Plough" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #346
  4. BI, K241