Tom Tom the pipers son
Stole a pig and away he ran,
The pig was eat and Tom was beat
And Tom went roaring down the street.
of a Scottish nursery rhyme?
The words and lyrics of this nursery rhyme were not based on a person in Scottish history
(pipers son). The term 'piper's son' could allude to any piper in
the British army and the origins of this tale probably date back
to the 18th century It is a children's nonsense rhyme which has an
obvious moral. The imagery used in the phrase 'went roaring down the
street' is very strong and would indicate to a child that Tom's
punishment was severe!