"A Nursery Rhyme,
the first step to
your children's education"
Little Tommy Tucker: the lyrics
Who was Tommy Tucker?
'Tommy Tucker' referred to in the words and lyrics of this nursery rhyme was a colloquial term that was commonly used to describe orphans. The orphans were often reduced to begging or 'singing for their supper'. The reference to marrying and the lack of a wife reflects the difficulty of any orphan being able to marry due to their exceptionally low standing within the community.
Little Tommy Tucker sings for his supper,
What shall we give him? Brown bread and butter.
How shall he cut it without a knife?
How shall he marry without a wife?
Little Tommy Tucker rhyme: origins in history