“Jockey to the Fair”

Alternate titles: “With Jockey to the Fair”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1820 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 16(118d))
Keywords: love clothes elopement marriage courting sex promise family
Found in: Canada(Mar) Britain(England(South,West), Scotland)


Jocky puts on his Sunday suit and goes to Jenny's house, wakes her by tapping at the window. Jenny says, "Everyone's asleep or out: are you going to hold to your vows?" He says yes. They run off to the Fair and get married. Returning, they bless the day


There's also a fiddle tune, "Jockey to the Fair", to which these words can be sung. As for the keyword "sex" -- it's not mentioned in the song, but you can believe what you like. - PJS

For another version see Robert Bell, editor, [The Project Gutenberg EBook (1996) of] Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England (1857), "Jockey to the Fair" - BS




  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 90-92, "Jockey to the Fair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Creighton/Senior, pp. 170-171, "Jocky to the Fair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3344
  4. BI, CrSe170