“The Tinker”

Alternate titles: “The Highland Tinker”; “The Jolly Tinker”
Author: unknown
Keywords: adultery bawdy Gypsy lover sex tinker
Found in: Australia Britain(England,Scotland) US(MA,MW,So,SW)

Description

The lady of the manor sends for the jolly tinker, who services her, her staff (including the butler) and then rides off, "little drops of semen pitter-patting at his feet."

Notes

Randolph-Legman provides a detailed history of this ballad. - EC

This song can be told from "The Jolly Tinker" by its description of the tinker's, um, improbable physical attributes. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Cray, pp. 29-36, "The Tinker" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 113-117, "The Jolly Tinker" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  3. DT, JOLITINK JOLLTNK3
  4. Roud #863
  5. BI, EM029