Little Jack Horner

Song Video

Information About Little Jack Horner

The earliest known record of this popular nursery rhyme of Little Jack Horner seems to appear in 1725, in a ballad by Henry Carey. a poet and songwriter who lived in England.

The rhyme refers to a young boy, sitting in the corner of his room, and eating a "Christmas Pie". A "Christmas Pie" was a common name for the English dish of "mince pie", a baked pastry of a mixture of finely chopped meat, fruit, and spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The first known reference to mince pies dates way back to the 13th century. The pie was usually baked and served around the Christmas season, and that's how it's name became associated with the holiday. It is still popular in England today.

Some tales attribute the story to events surrounding a man named Thomas Horner, who might have been the model for Little Jack Horner. Horner was sent on an errand by the head of a local monastery ; Horner's task was to deliver a Christmas pie to London, and inside the pie were hidden deeds to properties. Allegedly enroute to his destination, Horner removed one of the deeds for himself, and the particular one he chose also contained some rights to a lead mine.

The nursery rhyme says that Jack pulled out a "plum" and it was probably a reference to the Latin word for lead plumbum.

Listen to this song's music


Vote DownVote Up

Petrus Qwa SrDíCko SiwaKOva, 123456789

17 December 2014 at 8:34am

Werryy GOOOOD SonG!!! I Am LIke !!! SOnG

Vote DownVote Up

Šárinka Kicová, 651999

17 December 2014 at 8:32am


Vote DownVote Up

Šárinka Kicová, 651999

17 December 2014 at 8:31am

Jsem holka je mi 15

Vote DownVote Up

Petrus QwaA Sivakovag, 123

17 December 2014 at 8:29am


Vote DownVote Up

Shama, India

17 February 2012 at 9:52am

very good song

Vote DownVote Up

Jada, United States

10 September 2011 at 3:26am

looooove this song. After having a realy crazy day you guys made it a little better This was one of my favorites and it still is.

Vote DownVote Up

Kate, Glasgow, Scotland

12 November 2008 at 7:40pm

All the family really enjoy the songs and rhymes on and little jack horner was no different! It is also great when I can find out the origins of the rhymes so singing can be educational as well for the kids.

Vote DownVote Up

Mary, London, Uk

12 November 2008 at 7:21pm

My children, 3 and 8! I know, loved the little jack horner rhyme.We all had a beautiful sing along and really enjoyed it. I'm thinking of creating a kids choir! I will be using again and would recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!

Leave a Comment

This song has been printed from the website.