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Lyr Req: Catfish Floatin' Down the River

Joe Offer 31 Jan 18 - 01:08 AM
Joe Offer 31 Jan 18 - 01:30 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Catfish Floatin' Down the River
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Jan 18 - 01:08 AM

A nice person named Robin emailed and saked for lyrics and background information on this song, which is apparently a camp song.

Catfish floatin' down the river;
Fellow with a hook and line.
Catfish looked at the fellow
And sa-a-aid - you won't catch me this time.?
The very next day that fellow...

And so it goes...



Can anybody help?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Catfish Floatin' Down the River
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Jan 18 - 01:30 AM

We have a number of catfish songs in the Hook and Line thread. I suppose Robin's song is derived from this one:
    Catfish swimming down the river,
    Nigger threw out his line.
    Catfish said to the nigger,
    "Aha, you didn't ketch me that time"


I gather from the thread that the song comes from the 1850s, when standards for polite speech were different.

-Joe-


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