This English rhyme was first printed in London at the end of 18th century.
The lyrics refer to a boy called Tom, who steals a “pig”. The pig, in this case, is not the animal, as but a type of apple-filled pastry, that was made from some kind of dough and had currants for eyes.
“Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son” lyrics
Tom, Tom, the piper’s son,
Stole a pig, and away did run;
The pig was eat
And Tom was beat,
And Tom went crying
Down the street