“The Jolly Tinker (I)”


The tinker comes to town to mend the pots. He observes that "A tinker never marries, has a girl in every town...." "I've never stored much gold, but I have a lot to spend." "My life is wild and free, and I do not seek renown. I'm just a jolly tinker..."


Tinkers had a reputation for wantonness, and a large bawdy repertoire built up around them. It is often difficult to decide if the songs are related or not. Since this song is "clean" and "The Tinker" is dirty, I decided to separate them. But I'm not confident about it.

Warner for some reason links this with Laws F24, "The Peddlar and His Wife" -- but that is a song about a murder! - RBW

Cross references


  1. Warner 72, "The Jolly Tinker" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, JOLITNK2*
  3. BI, Wa072


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (Warner)
Keywords: work sex rambling
Found in: US(NE)