Baby Songs Tom Tom the Piper's Son

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It should be noted that the words of Tom Tom the piper’s son did not refer to any person in the Scottish history at all. In fact, it should be noted that the origin of the song was back in the 18th century. It basically referred to any piper who was in the English army or navy. Actually, many people and analysts believe that the song is based on purely nonsensical basis. For instance, in the poem, there are the words ‘went roaring down the street’ were used to show the strength of the beating.

 

Tom Tom the Piper’s Son Lyrics

Tom, he was a piper’s son,
He learnt to play when he was young,
And all the tune that he could play
Was ‘over the hills and far away’;
Over the hills and a great way off,
The wind shall blow my top-knot off.

Tom with his pipe made such a noise,
That he pleased both the girls and boys,
They all stopped to hear him play,
‘Over the hills and far away’.

Tom with his pipe did play with such skill
That those who heard him could never keep still;
As soon as he played they began for to dance,
Even the pigs on their hind legs would after him prance.

As Dolly was milking her cow one day,
Tom took his pipe and began to play;
So Dolly and the cow danced ‘The Cheshire Round’,
Till the pail was broken and the milk ran on the ground.

He met old Dame Trot with a basket of eggs,
He used his pipe and she used her legs;
She danced about till the eggs were all broke,
She began for to fret, but he laughed at the joke.

Tom saw a cross fellow was beating an ass,
Heavy laden with pots, pans, dishes, and glass;
He took out his pipe and he played them a tune,
And the poor donkey’s load was lightened full soon

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