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."
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
- cf. "The Jolly Beggar" [Child 279]
- cf. "Clout the Cauldron"
- cf. "The Jolly Tinker (I)"
- cf. "The Jolly Tinker (III)"
- Cray, pp. 29-36, "The Tinker" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
- Randolph-Legman I, pp. 113-117, "The Jolly Tinker" (3 texts, 1 tune)
- DT, JOLITINK JOLLTNK3
- Roud #863
- BI, EM029