Tom, He Was The Piper’s Son
Tom he was a piper's son, he learn'd to play when he was young...
Tom he was a piper’s son,
He learn’d to play when he was young,
But all the tunes that he could play,
Was “Over The Hills and Far Away.”
Over the hills, and a great way off,
And the wind will blow my top-knot off.
Now Tom with his pipe made such a noise,
That he pleased both the girls and boys,
And they 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;
Whenever they heard they began for to dance,
Even pigs on their hind legs would after him prance.
As Dolly was milking her cow one day,
Tom took out his pipe and began for to play;
So Doll and the cow danced “The Cheshire Round,”
Till the pail was broke, 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.
He saw a cross fellow was beating an ass,
Heavy laden with pots, pans, dishes, and glass;
He took out his pipe and played them a tune,
And the jackass’s load was lightened full soon.
Illustrations by Sabrina Cristina.