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Little Jack Horner

[ Roud 13027 ; Ballad Index BGMG050 ; trad.]

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior sang a medley of Hey Diddle Diddle, Little Jack Horner, and Little Miss Muffet on Tim Hart and Friends’ album My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record. This track was later included on their compilation CD Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Other Children’s Songs.

Martin Carthy sang Little Jack Horner in 1979 in the video 70 Golden Nursery Rhymes.

John Kirkpatrick et al. sang Little Jack Horner as one of four children’s rhymes on the Folkworks project and subsequent 1998 Fellside CD Wassail!. He noted:

A mysterious little fellow who’s been with us getting on for three hundred years, maybe much longer. Some say the rhyme refers to the readiness of the Horner family to dive in and take advantage of the dissolution of the monasteries, helping themselves to the Manor of Mells. Or perhaps it’s just about plums.


Little Jack Horner
Sat in a corner
Eating his Christmas pie
He put in his thumb
And pulled out a plum
And said, “What a good boy am I!”