The Ballard of Jack and Jill

It has been suggested by some, that this nursery rhyme records the attempt by King Charles 1 to reform the taxes on liquid measures.

He was blocked by Parliament, so subsequently ordered that the volume of a Jack (1/8 pint) be reduced, but the tax remained the same*. This meant that he still received more tax, despite Parliament's veto.

Hence "Jack fell down and broke his crown" (some pint glasses in the UK still have a line marking the 1/2 pint level with a crown above it) "and Jill came tumbling after".

The reference to "Jill" (actually a "gill", or 1/4 pint) is said to reflect that the gill dropped in volume as a consequence.

*So proof positive we were being shafting even way back then!

 

The Ballard of Jack and Jill

 

Who remembers the nursery rhyme about poor old Jack, and his precocious girlfriend Jill?

Who set off together to climb to the top, of a very large steep inclined hill

Carrying his bucket, Jack soon lagged behind, watching Jill far off in the distance

Till he took a tumble and came trundling down increasing thus their outdistance

 

Cascading downwards clankity clanked, his bucket swiftly followed by him

Which was still very empty and not at all filled up, anywhere near the top of its brim

Jill glancing downwards began chasing after, poor Jack as he tumbled and fell

Shouting out ‘you silly bugger’ or words similar to that… to naughty in a nursery rhyme to tell

 

Up Jack got and home did’st trot, mumbling  somfing like “Bugger this lark for a caper”

Then trotterd oft to bed afore wrapping his head, in vinegar and brown paper.

(God knows why, the silly young twat, Cos. the bedroom stank for weeks)

Then Jill looked in took a selfie and grinned and rushed off to give it a tweet.

 

Jack grabbed her hand, threw her on his bed, deciding to pop her cherry

Her Dad barged in and grabbed hold of him, Jack at last met his adversary

A fight ensued, Jack battered n bruised, his crown smashed  where her dad had struck it

Thus begetting ye old adage that many know well… Poor old Jack finally ‘Kicked the bucket!’

                                                                                                                                                                   Po

 

 

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Ghazala Lari

Mon 7th Jan 2019 16:00

Romeo juliet and her dad....lol!!
I hope u hv recovered well Dear Po.. This was unlike your other works. Too much Indian movie effect....haha....i enjoyed this little naughty episode.... ;)

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Big Sal

Sun 6th Jan 2019 18:56

I need a Guy Fawkes mask.😎

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 6th Jan 2019 16:58

I'm all in favour of being informed AND entertained. Most illuminating.
How about "We're In The Monet"? A nod to the dance we've been
led by Jean Monet (of EU notoriety) - certainly of interest to the
uninformed young - past. present and future.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 6th Jan 2019 14:43

Interesting Po to research the history of these old nursery rhymes..Ring-a-Ring O Roses a case in point. Thanks
Taylor

poemagraphic

Sun 6th Jan 2019 11:30

Jon I did think about the Jack and Gill version

But in the interests of being PC and the ending I thought perhaps best not.

Mind I am all for a bit of m&m fun lol

poemagraphic

Sun 6th Jan 2019 11:28

Oh! John you are the man for that job.

Lets do it mate, what a fantastic plan.

Actually I have few more stacked away somewhere myself.

Warm up those Old gray cells Mr Coopley!

Po

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Jon Stainsby

Sun 6th Jan 2019 11:12

Looked up the rhyme on Wikipedia. Interesting reading.

Thanks,

Po

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John Coopey

Sun 6th Jan 2019 10:54

Perhaps we should attempt nursery rhymes today, Po, for the benefit of future generations of kids, based on today’s politics.

poemagraphic

Sun 6th Jan 2019 09:59

Bom! bom!

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