Jack and Jill

Information About Jack and Jill

This nursery rhyme is an all time classic. Complete details of its origin are not known and whatever is known is somewhat obscure but Jack and Jill can be traced back to the 18th century. The lyrics were first published in John Newbery's Mother Goose's Melody in the 1760s.

The names Jack and Jill appear together in two of Shakespeare's plays: A Midsummer's Night's Dream and Love's Labour's Lost. However, there is no evidence to say that he is referencing the nursery rhyme characters and may just be using Jack and Jill to represent a common name for man and woman.

Jill is a unit of liquid measurement (1/2 gallon).

Jack is also a unit of liquid measurement (a quart).

The song may be about the king raising taxes on alcohol.

Jack refers to King Louis of France when he got beheaded ("and broke his crown") and Jill the Queen "came tumbling after". The rhyme was later altered so it could become more suitable for children.

For any further information about the song "Jack and Jill" you may find Wikipedia helpful.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

An alternate 2nd Verse

Up Jack got and home did trot
as fast as he could caper
Where Old Dame Trot
wrapped up his knot
With vinegar and brown paper.

The counting version moves on

Jill came in and she did grin
To see his paper plaster;
Mother vexed did whip her next
For causing Jack's disaster.

And a fourth:.

Now Jack did laugh and Jill did cry
But her tears did soon abate;
Then Jill did say that they should play
At see-saw across the gate.

Some new arrangements of the words that make this song fun

Up he got and home he trot
As fast as he could caper
Went to bed and wrapped his head
In vinegar and brown paper.

Jill came in,
how she did grin,
to see Jack's paper plaster,
Mother vexed and spanked her next,
for causing Jack's disaster.

Of course there are a lot of versions

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper.

Listen to this song's music

26 Comments

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Aleah, United States

3 April 2014 at 3:13am

I lie it

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Dipa, India

14 April 2013 at 4:00pm

Awesome for little boy

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Molly, United States

29 January 2013 at 1:45am

How about Jackass and Jill?

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Jennifer, India

21 October 2011 at 7:36pm

i love this song so much...i know the dance of this..

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Some Ov You People Are Crazy. I Am Not, United States

28 June 2011 at 11:13pm

I love this song, and don't you know yong children read this site. You people have to stop posting unclean coments!

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Secret Girl, United States

23 June 2011 at 10:15pm

lol thats funny! silly jill forgot her pill. jack u naughty boy! i had a friend who brought weed brownies 2 skool and she got kicked out of skool. crazy boy! he was crazy 4 doing that. i <3 Chuy! people, Chuy is a guy i really like.

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Yaya, United States

17 May 2011 at 3:53am

LOL! Jack and Jill went up the hill to have a little fun, Jill forgot to take her pill and now they have a son! LOL, I like that, too funny! Yall know better, whoever put this on here, smh!

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Wiena, Indonesia

25 April 2011 at 6:54am

i like this song..., my daughter too

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Pat, Armenia

28 March 2011 at 3:45pm

cool

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James, Korea, Republic Of

3 March 2011 at 5:15am

My students love this song..I mean all the songs in this site!

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Fadia, Thailand

2 March 2011 at 4:21am

I like this song , it's so fun *-*

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Selena, United States

26 February 2011 at 10:40am

hi guys im from america and i dont like this rhyme its for babys when i was a kid yeah but not know

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Lucille, United States

29 January 2011 at 5:09am

Jack and Jill went up the hill to have a little fun jill forgot to take her pill and now they have a son!

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Ashish, India

14 November 2010 at 3:53pm

thanks dude, I sang this song since I was a kid but now only I could know that this song has more than four lines.can you please sing it for me.

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Kobe Bryant, United States

9 November 2010 at 8:56am

awesome it's cool :)))))

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Francis, Philippines

9 November 2010 at 8:55am

ahahahahahaha pa ulit-ulit ung sayaw hahahahhaa :)

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Qasrina, Malaysia

3 November 2010 at 12:32pm

awesome! I like this song! :)

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Lhouellyn, Philippines

3 October 2010 at 3:40am

i like that song,,hehehehe

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Jenna Abbie, Morley

28 January 2010 at 3:00pm

omg! this totally rockksssss u is gangstass :P respectaaa

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Abbie&jenna, Beemorley

28 January 2010 at 2:59pm

omg! this totally rockksssss u is gangstass :P respectaaa

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