Little Tommy Tucker

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Little Tommy Tucker
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The phrase "Little Tommy Tucker" is a colloquial term used to describe orphans. The singing refers to begging, and the lack of a wife is the difficulty an orphan would have had in finding one because of their low status in society. The poem was first published in 1829.
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Three versions containing minor variations in lyrics are given below:



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? [1]


Little Tommy Tucker
Sings for his supper
What shall we give him?
White bread and butter.

How shall he cut it
Without e'er a knife?
How will he be married
Without e'er a wife?[2]


Little Tommy Tucker,
Sing for your supper.
What shall he sing for?
White bread and butter.

How can he cut it
Without any knife?
How can he marry
Without any wife?[3]