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Thread #2276   Message #8777
Posted By: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
16-Jul-97 - 01:45 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Fiddler's Green
Subject: Fiddler's Green
Purchased Steeleye Span "Portfolio" today, and was struck by the resemblance of Dark Eyed Sailor to Fiddler's Green. The subjects of the songs are different, but there are some close lyrics at the start and the tune is almost identical.

Fiddler's Green is not on the database. It has been done by many Canadian bands, and also Archie Fisher in a very fine version on an album from the 1960's or 1970's. Can anyone supply the lyrics so that I can post it to the database, and satisfy myself of course for my own singing?

It begins "As I walked by the dockside one evening so fair .." & goes on about "Fiddler's Green is a place you know well/It's where fishermen go when they don't go to hell/ The skies are all clear and the dolphins do play/ And the cold coast of Greenland is far far away."

I have always assumed that Fiddler's Green is a Newfoundland song, since I have usually heard it sung by Newfs. Is this correct, or is it Irish or English?