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Origins: As I went rolling, strolling, rolling

GUEST,Jane Miller 02 May 11 - 01:44 AM
GUEST,Jim Dixon, at the UST library 06 May 11 - 06:25 PM
Joe Offer 06 May 11 - 06:32 PM
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Subject: Origins: As I went rolling, strolling, rolling
From: GUEST,Jane Miller
Date: 02 May 11 - 01:44 AM

Hello

I work in a library and we have had an inquiry on the following song:
    As I went rolling, strolling, rolling
    Over the rolling sea
    I put three shots
    In their lobster pots
    So they won't frighten me

    I ... put three shots
    In their lobster pots
    So they won't frighten me.

Our inquirer is after any information on the origins, history, meaning of the song.
he thinks it is either Scottish or Canadian

Thanks for any clues anyone is able to give!
Regards
Jane Miller


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Subject: RE: Origins: As I went rolling, strolling, rolling
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon, at the UST library
Date: 06 May 11 - 06:25 PM

These 2 lines are quoted in the novel Janet of the Dunes by Harriet Theresa Comstock (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1908), page 19:
"And we put three shots in the lobster pots,
Three cheers for the witches three."

And this quote can be found in The Helter Skelters by George Daulton (New York: F.A. Stokes, 1909), page 152:
That was the jolliest sail the Furious Rover ever had, for the captain and Sandy outdid themselves in sea-yarns, and then somebody discovered Doctor Jimmie could sing—New York had discovered it years before—and now his baritone that had charmed so many audiences "went bowling over the rolling ocean" of jolly old sea-songs up there among the tree-tops as they sailed and sailed; but all the time Doctor Jimmie was singing of gales and flying spray, or "putting three shots in their lobster pots," he never forgot for one moment what he had come for.

There might be something in "Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume 4" but Google doesn't allow me to see it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: As I went rolling, strolling, rolling
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 May 11 - 06:32 PM

Oh, darn. Search goes to Mudcat and mamalisa... (Mudcatter Monique, et al.)


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