“I Won't Be My Father's Jack”


"I won't be my father's jack, I won't be my (mother's/father's) (Jill/Gill), I will be the fiddler's wife And have music when I will. T'other little tune, T'other little tune, Prithee, love, play me T'other little tune."


I've never met this as a genuine traditional song, as opposed to a nursery rhyme, but I heard it sung *somewhere* (the version in my head sounds like Peter Paul & Mary, I'm sorry to say), so I'm putting it in just in case. - RBW


  1. Opie-Oxford2 257, "I won't be my father's Jack" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #40, p. 54, "(I won't be my Father's Jack)"
  3. BI, BGMG040


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1767 (Newberry, _Mother Goose's Melody_)