“The Whole Hog or None”


Vignettes of people who go "the whole hog or none," e.g. boxer Heenan, who never gave Sayers any peace, and Brigham Young, who had sixty wives

Historical references

  • April 17, 1860 - Boxing match between John C. Heenan and Tom Sayers, stopped by spectators after 42 rounds. The bout was the last official bare-knuckle fight

Same tune

  • Rory of the Hill (File: Zimm075) per broadsides Bodleian 2806 b.10(137), 2806 c.8(278)
  • The Hale Rick-Ma-Tick (broadside NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(93a), Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1879; apparently first published 1872)

Cross references


  1. Randolph 513, "The Whole Hog or None" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7596
  3. BI, R513


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1919 (Randolph)
Keywords: fight marriage humorous
Found in: US(So)