October 28th, 2008

'Jack' nursery rhymes/songs

I'm looking for nursery rhymes or traditional songs that have a character named Jack in them.* I'm trying to avoid the most obvious candidates (Jack Be Nimble, Jack and Jill, Jack Sprat, Little Jack Horner, The House that Jack Built). Others I've found in my searching and am still considering are Jack-a-Nory, Little Jack Jingle, Jack-a-Dandy, Jack Rowland, Jack Tar, and Black Jack Davy, but I'm looking for other options so I can choose the one that works best. I've googled for combinations of "jack" and "nursery rhyme" and "ballad" and "folk song", but a) the most obvious candidates always come up and swamp the less common results, and b) especially in the folk song searches, I get more results for singers named Jack.

*Not for Graveyard Book fic (though I kind of wish it were). The scenario is that a character (Jayne from Firefly, to be precise) is playing cards while under the inadvertant effect of a mind-altering substance, and can't remember the name of that "guy with the little hat" in his hand, but comes out with a short verse that contains the word 'jack' instead. I'm envisioning this rhyme as one he might have learned as a child and would remember under duress, so something fairly simple and with obvious rhymes would be good.

ETA: Thanks for all the suggestions! I ended up going with the 'futurized' 'House That Jack Built' idea, because I loved it :)

Help searching for hobo health care in 1946 California

I'm not sure how to search since I don't know which tack to take. In 1946 California (specifically Bakersfield), where would a homeless white man be taken if he starts coughing up blood?

The character is the companion of my MC, of whom I've written about here before, and he has terminal lung cancer caused by exposure to nuclear weapons materials. He's not mentally stable and has been under my MC's wing as they drift down California's Central Valley doing odd jobs like farm work. I had thought that arriving at Bakersfield they would stay at some flophouse or roominghouse, but when he gets sick I have no idea what anyone would do for him. It's not as if homeless crazy people who are sick get the best care in the present day anyway. Would the county general hospital take him? Would they keep him there, or will they put him in some sort of charity ward or hospice?

My aim is to place him in a hospital or hospice-like setting where basically we will watch him deteriorate while my MC holds out hope. It's a plot device to complicate things for my MC.

Should I search under "charity" or "hospice", or "tramp/hobo/health", or something else?