Okay, maybe this doesn't fit too well in the "origins" category, but here goes...
In the third verse of the song the line goes, (or at least I thought it did) "The poor cook he caught the fits, threw away all my grits." Now, not being Jamaican nor Cajun, I really couldn't figure out how a Jamaican cook could throw away a traditional southern US breakfast food, but mostly I just went with the flow because...well it rhymed anyway. So then I see an alternate verse that says, "The poor cook he caught the fits, threw away all my grips." Now, I'm a mountain goat and no more a sailor than I am Jamaican or Cajun. But it seems more likely that a cook would throw away something called a grip than it would a southern US breakfast food.
So which is it? Or have I completely screwed everything up with one impressive Mondegreen after another.
Love the song, anyway.