“Tommy Tompkins and Polly Hopkins”


"Howdy do, Mr. Tommy Tomplins, Howdy do, Howdy do?" "Howdy do, Miss Polly Hopkins." "Oh, say, Mr. Tommy Tompkins, Won't you buy a broom?" "Oh, yes, Miss Polly Hopkins, I will buy a broom... If you'll be my bride And sweep the room."


I can't prove it, but I would guess that this has something to do with the custom of marrying by jumping over a broom. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 227, "Tommy Tompkins and Polly Hopkins" (1 text)
  2. BI, MHAp227


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Henry, from Elsie Burnett)
Keywords: courting marriage
Found in: US(SE)