“Roving Jack the Baker”


Roving Jack the baker returns from war with a good pension. He meets a girl with 15 pounds of her own. He courts her with lies to get her money. He promises to marry her but hopes not to. He makes her drunk, takes her to bed, steals her money, and leaves.

Cross references

  • cf. "Merrily Kiss the Quaker" (tune, per Leyden)
  • cf. "Gold Watch [Laws K41]" (plot, with sex roles reversed) and references there


  1. Leyden 32, "Roving Jack the Baker" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Leyd032


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1989 (Leyden)