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Thread #137101   Message #3232246
Posted By: Ross Campbell
01-Oct-11 - 02:04 PM
Thread Name: Fleetwood & Fishing: Songs of the Trawling Trade
Subject: Lyr Add: Old Man Vic
Old Man Vic                                
Ron Baxter
Tune: Traditional

You can talk about your Bedfords, your Christies and your Gregsons,
Your Rawcliffes, Holmes and Spearpoints as well (and all their clan!)
They're all Skippers of the best, but the man who beat the rest
Was that Superman by name of Vic Buschini.

When the fishing it was bad, sir, and you hardly caught a bag, sir,
From North Cape to Greenland and beyond (right up the Pole!)
Who would get a load of cod? - well, you needn't ask, by God -
'Twas that Superman by name of Vic Buschini.

You could follow him around, across the Arctic grounds,
And shoot your gear a moment after him (I've got him now!)
But when it came to haul, you'd got an empty trawl;
Not like that Superman named Vic Buschini.

Now one Skipper did find out, one dark and stormy night;
How old Man Vic, he always got a catch (and double bags!)
For on every cod and hake was stencilled "Do Not Take! -
Reserved For That Superman Named Vic Buschini!"

And if you'd got a hold of fish, ready to be sold,
You'd find you had no market for your fish (Oh not again!)
But the bloke in yesterday, made thirteen grand, they say,
Yes, that Superman by name of Vic Buschini.

You can talk about your Bedfords, your Christies and your Gregsons,
Your Rawcliffes, Holmes and Spearpoints as well (and all their clan!)
They're all Skippers of the best, but the man who beat the rest
Was that Superman by name of Vic Buschini.
        Was that Superman by name of Vic Buschini.

Sung by Dick Gillingham and Mike Huntington

"Old Man Vic" Buschini (so called to distinguish him from successive descendants of the same name) founded a Fleetwood dynasty, some of whom still maintain the fishing connection. It wasn't meant to be that way. His parents on the Isle of Man planned a career in music for their son, a talented musician. Fleetwood presented alternative attractions, and Victor Buschini rapidly rose to become a skipper at a very young age. He gained and retained a high reputation in the town, consistently bringing home catches of fish when others were struggling.