Lucy Locket

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"Lucy Locket" is an English language nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19536. The song shares its tune with "Yankee Doodle" which emerged in North America in the mid-eighteenth century, but it is not clear which set of lyrics emerged first.

 

"Lucy Locket" Lyrics


Common modern versions include:

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.

Another version:

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Nothing in it, nothing in it,
But the binding round it.

"Lucy Locket" Chords


G           A7       D     
Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
G            A7    D
Kitty Fisher found it;
G           C
Not a penny was there in it,
D7          G
Only ribbon round it.

"Lucy Locket" Origins

The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell in 1842, but there is evidence that it was popular in Britain and America at least in the early nineteenth century.

Various persons have been identified with Lucy Locket and Kitty Fisher. Halliwell suggested that they were "two celebrated courtesans of the time of Charles II", but no supportive evidence has been found. The name Lucy Locket was used by John Gay in Beggar's Opera (1728), but may have already been proverbial. Kitty Fisher may have been Catherine Marie Fischer (d. 1767) a British courtesan who was the subject of three unfinished portraits by Joshua Reynolds and a number of songs, including an air recorded in Thompson's Country Dances (1760).

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