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Folk Songs for anglers!

Lancashire Lad 28 Mar 05 - 03:18 AM
Joe Offer 28 Mar 05 - 03:32 AM
rumanci 28 Mar 05 - 03:43 AM
Mr Red 28 Mar 05 - 03:49 AM
Gurney 28 Mar 05 - 04:03 AM
Jeremiah McCaw 28 Mar 05 - 04:03 AM
GUEST,padgett (at home) 28 Mar 05 - 05:27 AM
Flash Company 28 Mar 05 - 06:48 AM
Dave Hanson 28 Mar 05 - 06:51 AM
GUEST 28 Mar 05 - 09:17 AM
Vixen 28 Mar 05 - 09:17 AM
The Borchester Echo 28 Mar 05 - 09:23 AM
GUEST,padgett (at home) 28 Mar 05 - 09:26 AM
Uncle_DaveO 28 Mar 05 - 09:42 AM
Alaska Mike 28 Mar 05 - 10:00 AM
GUEST,Stilly River Sage 28 Mar 05 - 10:14 AM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 28 Mar 05 - 11:45 PM
GUEST 29 Mar 05 - 03:39 AM
Susan-Marie 29 Mar 05 - 01:23 PM
GUEST,Bainbo 29 Mar 05 - 02:12 PM
DannyC 29 Mar 05 - 03:09 PM
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GUEST,van lingle 29 Mar 05 - 05:50 PM
pavane 30 Mar 05 - 02:38 AM
McGrath of Harlow 30 Mar 05 - 04:03 AM
Flash Company 30 Mar 05 - 04:29 AM
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Severn 30 Mar 05 - 09:58 PM
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Subject: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Lancashire Lad
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 03:18 AM

Hi all
I have a good friend who is at the moment very ill. Hes a lover of folk music and also a keen angler. I had an idea to compile a CD of folk songs that were connected with angling, fish, fishermen, etc. Has anyone got suggestions for tracks to include. BTW I'm trying to avoid songs about commercial sea fishing, so Shoals of Herring, etc arent really the thing.
Suggestions welcome!

Cheers
LL


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 03:32 AM

Interesting challenge, LL. One angler song I've been meaning to learn is The Whizz Fish Song.
Best of luck on your mission of mercy.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: rumanci
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 03:43 AM

Richard Digance, many years ago, wrote a novel "Backwater" and made an album of the associated songs reflecting mostly on the journey of a salmon. There would be some material there that could be useful - humourous and serious - and some cracking good songs that deserve reviving.
rum


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 03:49 AM

songs with a hook line?

Like the Charlie Yarwood song about a Fine Poaching Night?


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Gurney
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 04:03 AM

The only one I know of is 'Fishing Blues' from a record by Mike Seegar. This is of course of the American persuasion, so may not be entirely suitable, being about catfish.

I seem to remember there is a two-verse song in Isaac Walton's book, 'Treatyss of Fishyng with an Angle'. As this was probably the earliest angling book in English, that is some provenence.
I wrote it down about 50 years ago, but I can't find it now...

I could transcribe the words of the Seegar? song if anyone wants them.
The record is Fontana TFL6039


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 04:03 AM

Here's one - Go to the Bronte Sound Project CD page. "This Old Harbour Town" and "Breakwater" are both good songs, but the theme-specific one you want to check is #14, "Fishing Off Bronte" by John Tofflemire.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,padgett (at home)
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 05:27 AM

The Charlie Yarwood song is in fact Ian Wood's song, With my Hooks and My Nets; Charlie and Ian used to sing together and made as far i know that one vinyl album

Frank Hinchliffe, trad Sth Yorks singer had the following (my next CD)!!

While forging of my scales and springs and blowing up my bellows,
Another line or two I'll pen about me shop mate Joe Ellis,
His making flies and fishing tools wins all that lives in Derwent
So I'll nimbly trip it o'er yon maoss 'til I come to t'river bank

Fol do rol fol de rol fol de rol de rido
I'll nimbly trip it o'er yon moss 'til I come to t'river bank

The morning fine slaps in my line see here my fish are grayling,
And now I've caught one by the snout see how he comes a sailing
And low behold thou must be sold to me thou seems so clever
But if this line should chance to break thou may be lost forever

Another 'ole or two I'll try altho I feel I'm slighted
And then I must be jogging 'ome or else I'll be beknighted
The neighbours they'll come flocking in the fish begin a buying
They'll tak 'em ome to gut and wesh and then begin a frying

Some people they a fishing go know little of the matter
They toil and spend their time in vain in flogging of the water (or workers)!!
They long and wish all to catch fish but merely they will watch 'em
They'll bait 'em with a silver 'ook but it's a work man that can catch 'em

Ray Padgett with thanks to Ken Hinchliffe (I sing it a bit different to Ken)!!


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Flash Company
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 06:48 AM

Big Jim was a worm,
Was a great big worm,
Was a great big beautiful bloody red worm,
Round and fat and just like a picture,
Crossed wi' an eel and a boa constrictor,
Fed him on whisky to make him frisky
On pies and a pint or two,
Big Jim was a worm, was a great big worm,
Was a great big beautiful bloody red worm!

Need I go on?

FC


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 06:51 AM

The Crawdad Song.

eric


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 09:17 AM

loadsa catfish songs


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Vixen
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 09:17 AM

What about all them Whalin' chanteys?

V


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 09:23 AM

No-one's mentioned The Bold Fisherman, surely the best known angling song (though not necessarily for fish...)

Shoals of Herring (except in Ireland where it has become Shores of Erin).

Lord Randal (for the eels).

Dance For Your Daddy (more about eating them When The Boat Comes In). Which brings us to The Fish & Chip Song (Learned A Lot A Lass Should Not) which I wish Jon Boden would record.

And anything Cajun. They're always about fish.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,padgett (at home)
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 09:26 AM

I think there's a lot of difference between whaling shanties and casting a net from a river bank, in blustery Yorkshire/Derbyshire!!

Where do you come from Vixen, if I might ask lol


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 09:42 AM

There's a song which was written by Gabby Hayes for Gene Autry, called "It's My Lazy Day", which goes something like:

Well, I might 'a gone fishing
Got to thinking it over
Well, the road to the river
Is a mighty long way


Another line or two, and then

It's my lazy day.

The whole burden of the song is that the singer is too tired, or too lazy, to go fishing. Good song, but no fishing gets done.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 10:00 AM

I've written a couple angling songs in my time up here in the north. Let me know how and I could probably get them to you.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 10:14 AM

There's an old Irish folksong my father used to sing called "The Crocodile." It had a chorus that began "Jack Was Every Inch the Sailor, five and twenty years a whaler. . ." but as the title implies, he ended up inside a crocodile. Not exactly a fishing song. But perhaps something to serve as filler if you need something?

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (Eugene Field's poem put to music)

If you find the urge to branch into shellfish, one of the funniest songs I heard in the U.S. Pacific Northwest was "The Geoduck." It had to do with fishermen on a pier.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Mar 05 - 11:45 PM

See Help: Know Any Fishing Songs??? and Songs About Fishing.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:39 AM

Northumbrian tune recorded by Kathryn Tickell, 'The Difficult Fish '

eric


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Subject: Lyr Add: WE WISH YOU WOULD CLEAN OUR FISH MISS
From: Susan-Marie
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 01:23 PM

Well, it's the wrong season but Rex Fowler has written some hilarious "Fish Carols" (songs for anglers set to Christmas carol tunes). My favorite is "We Wish You WOuld Clean Our Fish, MIss".

"We Wish You WOuld Clean Our Fish, Miss"

Good tidings we bring, and fish on a string
We're hungry and thirsty after angling

We wish you would clean our fish, Miss
We wish you would clean our fish, Miss
We wish you would clean our fish, Miss, and bring us some beer

We fish sun to sun now our work is done
We're hungry and thirsty and we want to have fun

We wish you would clean our fish, Miss
We wish you would clean our fish, Miss
We wish you would clean our fish, Miss, and bring us some beer

We're fishing all day, and what's that you say?
Old fishermen don't die, we just smell that way

We wish you would clean our fish, Miss
We wish you would clean our fish, Miss
We wish you would clean our fish, Miss, and bring us some beer


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,Bainbo
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 02:12 PM

The "Big Jim" song referred to above has been recorded by The Fivepenny Piece. Also, how about "So Do I" from This Is The Day, by Christy Moore? "This is the day the fisherman likes, and so do I ..."


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Subject: Lyr Add: FISHING BLUES
From: DannyC
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:09 PM

You might read him something from Brautigan's gentle "Trout Fishing in America" or maybe give him this one that John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful used to sing (or somethin' like this):

Fishin' Blues

Betcha' goin' fishin' all o' da' time
Baby goin' fishin' too.
Bet yo' life, Yo' sweet wife
Catch mo' fish than you.

Many fish bites if ya' got good bait,
Here's a little tip that I would like to relate.
Many fish bites if ya' got good bait.
I'ma goin fishin', Yes I'm goin' fishin,
And my baby goin' fishin' too.

I went on down to my fav'rit fishin' hole
Baby grab me a pole an' line.
Throw my pole on in, caught a nine poun' catfish
Now ya' know I brought 'im home for suppertime.

Provin' any fish bites if ya' got good bait,
Here's a little tip that I would like to relate.
Many fish bites if ya' got good bait.
I'ma goin fishin', Yes I'm goin' fishin,
And my baby goin' fishin' too.

Baby brother 'bout to run me outta my mind,
Say, can I go fishin' wi' chu?
I took 'im on down to the fishin' hole
Now what do you think that he did do?
Pulled a great big fish out da' bottom o' da pond,
Now he laughed and jumped 'cause he was real gone.
Many fish bites if ya' got good bait.
I'ma goin fishin', Yes I'm goin' fishin,
And my baby goin' fishin' too.

Put 'im in da' pot baby put 'im in da' pan
Honey cook 'im 'til he nice an' brown.
Make a batch o' buttermilk, Hoe cakes Mama
An' ya' chew them thangs an' ya' chomp 'em on down

Singin' any fish bites if ya' got good bait,
Here's a little tip that I would like to relate.
Many fish bites if ya' got good bait.
I'ma goin fishin', Yes I'm goin' fishin,
And my baby goin' fishin' too.

Play da' blues.....

Betcha' goin' fishin' all o' da' time
Baby goin' fishin' too.
Bet yo' life, Yo' sweet wife
She gonna Catch mo' fish than you.

Many fish bites if ya' got good bait,
O Here's a little tip that I would like to relate.
Many fish bites if ya' got good bait.
I'ma goin fishin', Mama's goin' fishin,
And the baby goin' fishin' too.


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Subject: Lyr Add: KEEP ON FISHIN' (Jon Campbell)
From: DannyC
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:17 PM

I would try to avoid this one, though I am laughing aloud as I post it. A friend of mine named Walter McDonugh sings it all summer long out on Block Island (he says it's written by a fella named Jon Campbell):

KEEP ON FISHIN'

Ya know sometimes ya just can't win from tryin'
Couldn't catch a fish if fish was flyin'
Nets and cables all get knautted
And the engine runs like the diesel's clautted
And nothin' goes like ya think it oughtah
Ya get bags 'n bags 'n bags o' watah
Think ya mighta died an' gone ta heaven
If ya could just get a job at a Seven-Eleven

Well it was ice an' rain an' freezin' up hawd
We had three sea robins an' a seven-inch cod
Takin' on watah an' losin' the ruddah
An' the god damn prop made the whole boat shuddah
We were halfway done an' haulin' back
When the cable let go with a terrible crack
Took out the cook as he stood at the rail
Scrambled as eggs ? dead as a nail

We all stood aroun' ? thumb in our butts
We had to do somethin' but we didn't know wut
An' though he kinda looked unduh the weathuh
Most of us thought he neveh looked betteh

CHORUS
But we had bills and ice to pay
An' we just had steamed out yestahday
He wuz a real good hand an' we all will miss 'im
But we iced him down an' we kept on fishin'

Well if ya said we were cold, I'd have to agree
But no colder than him there by a cod disease
Besides it wuz quiet 'n peaceful below the deck n'
He couldn't say nuthin' about it I reckon
While he wuz lyin' an' chillin' down there
We took a vote ? "Yeah, he'll make a full share."
An' most of us thought that wuz a damn good deal
Seein' as we had to cook our own meals

CHORUS

Well it took us a while to finish that trip
Down at the dock they give us some lip
An' the Coast guard came down to see wut it was about
But the bastahds wouldn't help us lumpin' him out
They said we had no respect for the dead
But they're lucky we didn't gut 'im 'n head 'im
An' when it came time to fishin' ? don't ya know
We couldn't find a single dude in Point Judith willin' ta go

CHORUS

CHORUS (2nd time thru)?
An' when yer into a big ole mess of fish
Ya just keep on fishin'


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,van lingle
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 05:50 PM

The only song I can think of that mentions fly fishing is a modern day "folk song" that Greg Brown wrote called "Fishing With Bill" and I think it really captures the essence of being fishing buddies. I don't recall which CD it's on but you might find more info at gregbrown.org. Best wishes to your friend from a fellow angler. Dave


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: pavane
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 02:38 AM

If you can find a tune for it, what about this?
The Fisherman


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 04:03 AM

Any songs about angler management?


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHISTLER'S MOTHER-IN-LAW
From: Flash Company
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 04:29 AM

It aint a folk song, other than in the Louis Armstrong definition, but Bing Crosby had a song called 'Whistler's Mother-in-law'

If you're whistling cos your happy,
Be very careful pappy,
No telling just what a whistler's mother-in-law might do,
Although Momma's around the kitchen,
Attending to her stitching,
There's Granny behind the door keeping an eye on you!

She's got a direct suspicion,
You aim to do some fishin',
You're whistling I declare, gave it away for sure,
Well I reckon you might have known it.
Might just as well postpone it,
You aint going to go nowhere 'cept on a lecture tour

(Female voice off)
John, John, hear what I'm a calling,
Hurry up and mow that lawn,
(Bing) I mowed it yesterday!
(F.V.O)
John/ John, I'm not only bawling,
This old lady's up to something sure as your born.

Just you listen to Granny cackle,
She's found your fishing tackle,
A whistle for all your plans, now for the bad news too,
Look at Granny, She's got the flivver,
She's heading for the river,
Well isn't that like a man's mother-in-law for you!

If that isn't evidence of a mis-spent childhood, I don't know what is!

FC


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: pavane
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 07:26 AM

To be sung in the Bass, I hope


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Severn
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 09:58 PM

As for "Fishin' Blues" a la Taj, Spoonful and such, I once heard the song explained by one of the old bluesmen at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Wash.DC as not really being about fishing as such, as it's adaptors and popularizers would have it. He said it was about the fact that this one particular guy was staying away from home too much and his wife didn't believe it.

Said you goin' fishin' all the time,
I'm a goin' fishin', too.
Bet your life your lovin' wife
Can catch more fish than you!
Any fish bites when you gots good bait.
Here's a little somrthing I would like to relate
Any fish bites if you gots good bait
I'm a goin' fishin, yes, I'm goin' fishin'
I'm a goin' fishin too!


....takes on an entirely new light as what the likes of Henry Thomas were originally singing about had more in common with, say "I'll Go Steppin' Too" than what Taj would safely put on a children's album.




So, may your rod and your staff (if you choose to bring any of them along) comfort you. Now back to them Angler-Saxon folksongs!


Severn

(Gone Nuclear Fishin' at Calvert Cliffs)


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Severn
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 10:19 PM

Talkin" Fishin' Blues by Woody Guthrie

I believe Jack Elliot and John Greenway have recorded versions, also.

Severn


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Gurney
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 03:13 AM

Severn, that is the chorus to 'Fishing Blues' that I mentioned up there.
I fished the Severn quite a lot when I was on the 'big match' circuit.
Happy days. Early starts. Long journeys.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: DannyC
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 07:23 AM

Severn:

Thanks for the fish twist - makes sense to me. I suppose I ought to expect a bit of wisdom from a man angling off of Solomon's Ahlen'

Best,

Danny


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Flash Company
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 08:22 AM

There was also a Fisherman's Blues recorded by Ray Bush and the Avon City Skiffle Group, (RtS might remember them!)

I'm gonna leave Mary, some man's been fishin in my pond!

Can't remember all the words, but full of innuendo.

FC


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 12:06 PM

Next saturday night I'm gonna teach you to fish by Hank Locklin

more reflectively

Barges by ralph McTell


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Severn
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 01:04 PM

The Fish Twist, eh? Sounds like a possible new song in somebody's future with a dance craze attached to it.* Or maybe it's just what that eel does when you're pulling it out of the bay onto the boat when, all of a sudden, it gives a double wriggle in mid-air that tangles your line up in a hundred knots so that you have to cut and re-rig, but you have this creature to unhook and let go that you didn't want in the first place. Some folks eat 'em, but I don't. Maybe it was hearing "Lord Randall" at an early age, I dunno.....


And Gurney, though the chorus remains the same, it's the verses they tinkered with. Mike Seeger was coming directly off Henry Thomas, I believe. In fact, these days, he actually performs the song with a cane fife (or "quill")like Henry did rather than the harmonica he put on record way back when......


Which reminds me, Mike recorded the Dixon Brothers'"Fisherman's Luck" in the 60's both on Prestige (from a Philly Folk Fest recording) and Folkways. A great song about a fisherman trading a snake drinks of whiskey for frogs, which were the fisherman's bait of choice. I don't know who's reissued any of the Dixons' stuff off 78's (including "The Intoxicated Rat" and the original "Wreck On The Highway").


I know Harry Cox did something about eel "babbing" called "Barton Broad Babbing Ballad" followed by an explanation of the process on "What Will Become Of England" from The Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder 11661-1839-2). Not exactly angling, but...


And I never found out whether the Vietnamese had any "Frag Fishing" songs when I was over there.

I'll drop another line later,
Severn


*It would have to be done up as Sole Music. Maybe get Fontella Bass or even Salmon Dave!


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Cromdubh
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 01:27 PM

A fisherman stands and stares at the sea,
Tying up his six string rod,
And swimming round his head is a story.
of a fish that has ever been caught.

He ties on a little rock, to act as a weight,
Digs his hands deep into the earth,
Pulls up a big worm for his bait,
But theres on thing he`s forgot,

(Chorus)
What you need is hook, what you need is a hook,
A simple twist, a whole lot of luck,
Once it sinks in, it`s in there for good,
Sticks right in your gut, what you need is a hook,



The fisherman shruggs and throws in his line,
Starts fishing anyway,
Sits on the shore, begins to sing,
Dreaming the day away,

No line can capture what is dreamt off,
A single slippery thought,
No song is catchy enough,
It`s a fish that can never be caught.

Chorus

The fisherman returns and bores all his friends,
At the bar of the Mudcat cafe,
Another tall tale, which of course ends,
With the one that got away.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: open mike
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 05:05 PM

i would second the Greg Brown suggestion..
he has sevedral songs with fish or fishin'
in 'em. and he does a hilarious monologue
about a fish in a proper british accent
laughing at a lure, not being fooled by it..
saying "Well, I hawdly, think so..." you
get the impressions this big fish has a
top hat, a walking stick and a cigar, p
perhaps.

Greg also does a great one about two boys walking
down main street in their P.F. Flyers (shoes)
carrying 2 5 pound bass, making grown men liars
(the ones who said there aren't any fish in there..)
it starts out " a little crick you could spit across"


he ahs another one about a base ball player who is retiring
and wants to move to a place by a river: (chorus)

So goodbye to the bus. Good bye to payin' dues.
Goodbye to the cheers, and goodbye to the booze.
well I'm trading in this old bat, for a fishing pole.
I'm gonna let the Laughing River, flow right into my soul.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 06:58 PM

I ran across this web page a few days ago. I used to play in a band with this fellows brother. I haven't heard the cd's yet but intend to send for them since new fishing songs are always welcome and his price seems quite reasonable. The cd photos are quite interesting.

http://www.alancayn.com/

Cap't Bob


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIVE POUND BASS (Robert Earl Keen)
From: Arkie
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 09:04 PM

This is not a folk song, but it should catch the fancy of folk fond of fishing.

Five Pound Bass
Robert Earl Keen

Up this morning
Before the sun
Fixed me some coffee and a honey bun
Jumped in my pickup
gave her the gas
I'm goin' out to catch a five pound bass

Down by the lake side
Just off the ramp
All them people sleeping in their fising camp
Some out in the pup tents
Some out on the grass
They all be dreaming 'bout that five pound bass

The early birdie always gets his worm
Me I always get my wish
When you're talking 'bout that five pound bass son
The early wormy gets the fish

Jumped in my john boat
I stow my gear
I fire her up and when I am in the clear
I sail across that water
As smooth as glass
Ready here I come you five pound bass

I find a perfect spot
Some old dead trees
Back in a canyon where you cain't feel no breeze
I tie my lure
I make my cast
It's breakfast time you five pound bass

That old sun is rising
That water is clear
I watch my lure as it's flying through the air
I see a ripple
I hear a splash
Lord have mercy, It's a five pound bass


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Severn
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 09:15 PM

"Fish And Whistle"-John Prine
"I Hate Fishing"-Pete Townshend (off "Scoop")

We're no trapeeze artists but we do know unerringly how to go for a running perch, and can do it all working without a net. Can the Flying Wallendas (or even The Mickey Mouse Club) make that boast today?

Severn

In defense of those altered versions of "Fishin' Blues", THEY caught it,and THEY cleaned it, Whay more could we ask? What more could our wives and mothers ever have asked?


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 09:16 PM

Primary school insult song:

Somebody somebody (insert name) sells fish
Tuppence ha'penny a dish
Don't buy it, don't try it
Cos she's dipped it in pish


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 11:05 PM

A few years back when I got my fishin license a booklet was included about the dangers of eating too many fish from Great Lakes area. Anyway, the pamplet inspired this song ~ sung to the tune of the Oyster Song from the Clearwater Album. "you can't eat the oysters....." etc.

We all know Lake Michigan is a fishermans' dream,
Teaming with fishes a paradise it may seem,
But they're filled with chemicals from arsenic to lead,
If it gets in your system you could end up dead.

CHORUS:
Oh you can't eat the lake trout that live in Lake Michigan,
You can't eat the lake trout in Grand Traverse Bay
They're filled with DDT, PBB'S, PCB'S
If I were a lake trout I'd get out today.

Beautiful Lake Superior seems pretty clean,
But the asbestos fibers are too small to be seen,
It gets in the water, it gets in the fish,
It could even end up on your chaffing dish. (CHORUS)

Blue Lake Huron is even mush worse,
And Saginaw Bay is a chemical curse,
Sea Gulls that fly there, die there they say,
If I were a sea gull I fly far away. (CHORUS)

Poor Lake Erie can't take it no more,
With all of those factories lining her shore,
What they are doing at Fermi, no one really knows,
But don't get caught down wind if she ever blows. (CHORUS)

Lake Ontario is at the end of the chain,
With all of those cities she's feeling the strain,
People in Toronto must stay on the land,
Cause swimming in the water has already been banned (CHORUS)

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 04:42 AM

From various Georgia bands including the Skillet Lickers...

PETER WENT A FISHIN'

Late last night when Peter went a-fishin'
Caught a big mudcat (!!!!!), put him in the kitchen.

There must be a longer song to this, but it's all I remember hearing, just a fragment.

And of course there's the song that in some parts of the south is everybody's starter banjo tune because it's just a few simple notes. Related to the BANJO SAM that Wilmer Watts sang in the 1920s and I still sing.

HOOK AND LINE

Gimme a hook, gimme a line,
Gimme the girl they call Caroline.

Bait my hook to catch me a shad
But all I caught was my old dad.

Throwed my hook in the middle of the pond,
Catfish got my hook and gone.

Throwed my hook in the middle of the hole,
Catfish got my hook and pole.

Not exactly seining or deepwater trawling, but could apply!


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,van lingle
Date: 02 Apr 05 - 03:18 AM

If you want an instrumental break on that CD you might consider Leo Kottke's lovely original "The Fisherman.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: Gurney
Date: 03 Apr 05 - 06:33 PM

My memory gave me a nudge in the ribs.
Close to the top I said that Isaak Walton wrote a book with a song in it, but I got the name wrong. Walton wrote 'the Compleat Angler.'
'Treatys...' was, I think, written by a lady, a prioress called Dame something, but again I'm working from a 50-y-o memory.

The song was about life, the fist verse saying basically that life was 'worry and trouble and care' and the second and last verse saying 'we don't care anyway, because we're going fishing!'

Just in the interest of accuracy on the WWW.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GONE FISHIN' + THE ANGLER
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 05 - 08:00 PM

When somebody above mentioned Bing I thought he was going to post this, part of it was the signature
tune for an old show of his. Personally though, when it conmes to fishing, I reckon the bloke in 'The
Angler' (below) had the right idea.


GONE FISHIN'

I'll tell you why I can't find you
Every time I go out to your place...

You gone fishin' (well how you know)
Well there's a sign upon your door (uh-huh)
Gone fishin' (I'm real gone man)
You ain't workin' anymore (could be)
There's your hoe out in the sun
Where you left a row half done
You claim that hoein' ain't no fun (well I can prove it)
You ain't got no ambition

Gone fishin' by a shady wady pool (Shangrila, really la)
I'm wishin' I could be that kind of fool (should I twist your arm?)
I'd say no more work for mine (welcome to the club)
On my door I'd hang a sign
Gone fishin' instead of just a-wishin'

Papa Bing (yeah Louis)
I stopped by your place a time or two lately
And you aren't home either
Well, I'm a busy man Louis. I got a lotta deals cookin'
I was probably tied up at the studio
You weren't tied up you dog
You was just plain old...

Gone fishin' (bah-boo-bah-boo-bah-boo-bah-boo-bah)
There's a sign upon your door (Pops, don't blab it around, will you?)
Gone fishin' (keep it shady, I got me a big one staked out)
Mmm, you ain't workin' anymore (I don't have to work, I got me a piece of
Gary)
Cows need milkin' in the barn (I have the twins on that detail, they each
take a side)
But you just don't give a darn (give 'em four bits a cow and hand lotion)
You just never seem to learn (man, you taught me)
You ain't got no ambition (you're convincin' me)

Gone fishin' (bah-boo-dah-do-dah-do-dah-do)
Got your hound dog by your side (that's old Cindy-Lou goin' with me)
Gone fishin' (mmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm)
Fleas are bitin' at


THE ANGLER

It was on a summer's morning all in the month of May,
My line and hook were in my hand as by the Boyne I strayed,
I soon espied a maiden who did my sense confound,
My line and hook went in the brook and never yet were found.

Then I approached this lovely maid, saying "Matchless Queen of Troy
Or was it Cupid sent you here poor anglers to decoy?
Or are you the bright morning star that rises in the west,
Or Luna bright that rules by night when lovers are at rest".

She shyly made answer, saying "Sir don't tantalize,
I know not those you mention and your praise I despise,
I'm but a shepherd's daughter who came bathing to the Boyne,
Your company withdraw from me, your rod and line go find".

"My line and rod I value not, love, gold will purchase more,
But my heart is truly captured, my cailin mile stor
Do not be shy, with me comply and I'll make you my bride,
I've fifty acres of good land along the Boyne side".

She gave consent and off we went down to her father's place,
Her parents they were satisfied when first they saw my face,
The Banns were quickly published and joined we were for life,
So, instead of trout or salmon, I caught a lovely wife.


There was a song to this air which was well known in Limerick, about a young
man who went out fishing, and met with better luck than he expected. I have
a ballad-sheet copy of the whole song, but the first and last verses will be
sufficient here. I write the air from memory.

I often heard the Limerick people sing to this air Byron's two-verse poem
beginning "I saw thee weep".

As I roved out one morning down by a river side,
To catch some trout and salmon where the stream did gently glide;
Down by the brook my way I took and there by chance did spy
A lovely maid all in the shade, who smiled and passed me by.

With hand in hand we walked along down by her father's place;
Her parents they were satisfied when first they saw my face.
The banns were quickly published and joined we were for life:
So instead of trout or salmon--O, I caught a virtuous wife.

cf. Joyce No. 10, p 8.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I LOBSTER AND NEVER FLOUNDER (Braddock...
From: Arkie
Date: 03 Apr 05 - 09:24 PM

I Lobster And Never Flounder
Written by: Braddock & Braddock

I was a cook and she was a waitress,
Down at the Salty Dog Seafood Cafe;
And somewhere 'tween the clam juice and the seaweed salad,
Some little shrimp just lured her away.

Oh, I lobster and never flounder.
He wrapped his line around her,
And they drove off in his carp.
Oh, I lobster and never flounder.
I octopus his face in, he'll only break her heart.

I said just squid and leave me for that piano tuna,
If you want to trout something new;
She was the bass I ever had, now my life has no porpoise,
Oh, my cod, I love her, yes, I do.

Oh, I lobster and never flounder.
He wrapped his line around her,
And they drove off in his carp.
Oh, I lobster and never flounder.
I octopus his face in, he'll only break her heart.

[Spoken] Frankly scallop, I don't give a clam.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 05 - 01:58 PM

There's a Shadhouse over yonder baby. way down Cana road.
There's a Shadhouse over yonder baby. Where that big river flows.
That's where I go once a year, to ease my heavy load.

Wait a minuet something's wrong here, A Shad won't bite my fly.
Wait a minuet something's wrong here, A grown man is about to cry.
I got a bad, bad , bad feeling, I'm gonna be Shadless by and by.

Smokin' fish and drinkin, All day and night.
My Baby's got my Lincoln, well that's allright.
Drive it any place you want Dear, just stay out of my sight.

There's a Shadhouse over yonder baby, we're doing things against the law.
There's a Shadhouse over yonder baby, Please, please don't tell my Pa.
Better break out the hip boots, cause I'm hearin' fishin' tales ten feet tall.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,ANNEMC
Date: 26 Jun 05 - 04:11 PM

Eric Bogle has a good fishing song called "Poacher's Moon".


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOLD TIGHT
From: sixtieschick
Date: 26 Jun 05 - 04:29 PM

There's a sliiiiiight chance this isn't about fish. But maybe this will cheer your friend up.

HOLD TIGHT

Hold tight, hold tight, a-hold tight, hold tight
Fododo-de-yacka saki
Want some sea food mama

Shrimps and rice they're very nice
Hold tight, hold tight, a-hold tight, hold tight
Fododo-de-yacka saki
Want some sea food mama
Shrimps and rice they're very nice

I like oysters, lobsters too,
I like my tasty butter fish, fooo
When I come home late at night
I get my favorite dish, fish

Hold tight, hold tight, a-hold tight, hold tight
Fododo-de-yacka saki
Want some seafood mama
Shrimps and rice they're very niiiiiiiiiiiiice
Bad da do daa, da de do da do daa, ba da da da do daaaa

Fododo dya, Fododo dya Fododo-de-yacka saki
want some seafood Mama
Oh won't you give it to me
cause I'm as happy as can be
When the seafood comes to me
La-da-da La-da-da La-da-da

I like oysters, lob,sters too
Ba-da-da-dat-dat-da-dada-data
When I get home late at night
I get my favorite dish, fish

I like oysters, lobsters too,
I like my tasty butter fish, Joe
When I come home late at night
drip drip dripin' on the window pane
Wash it


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Subject: Lyr Add: TALKING FISHING BLUES (Woody Guthrie)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Dec 17 - 06:45 PM

TALKING FISHING BLUES
As recorded by Woody Guthrie, 1961.

I went down by the fishin' hole
An' I set down with my fishin' pole.
Som'n' grabbed my hook an' it got my bait
'N' it jerked me out in the middle o' the lake.
Some jump!
I got sunk.
Baptized on the credit.

Fishin' down on the muddy bank,
I felt a pull an' I give a big yank.
I hauled out three ol' rubber boots
An' a Ford radiator an' a Chevrolet coupe
Handed in for national défense.

Settin' in a boat with a bucket o' beer,
'N' I hadn't caught nothin' but I didn't much care,
I guess I's pretty well satisfied.
I had my little lady right by my side,
Takin' it easy,
Just a-waitin'.
Worm been gone off that hook for a couple hours.

You go a-fishin', I'll tell you what to do:
You go set down by the greasy slough,
Take a piece o' string an' tie it on your pole,
An' throw it way out in the middle o' the hole,
Find you a good shade tree,
An' then just set down an' go to sleep; forget all about it.

Jumped in the river an' I went down deep,
Was a hunnerd-pound catfish layin' there asleep.
Jumped on 'is back, rode 'im into town,
Saddled 'im up an' then I come to town.
People come a-runnin', lookin',
Dogs a-barkin', kids a-squallin'.

Stagnate water's a stinkin' thing,
Slick on top an' all turned green.
When the water goes bad, the fish all run,
Sit all day an' not catch a one,
'Cept mud-wallopers, jew-gars,
Few little suckers.

I waded out to a sandy bar,
'N' I caught myself a big alligator gar,
Brung 'im home across my back.
Tail was draggin' a mile an' a half,
Flippin' an' floppin'.
Sold 'im for a quarter.
Shot craps.
Got in jail.

Early one mornin' I took me a notion
To go out a-fishin' in the middle o' the ocean,
Throwed out my line, I caught me a shark.
I didn't get 'im hauled till way past dark.
He 'as a man eater,
Tough customer,
Just wasn't quite tough enough.

Late last night I had me a dream:
I's out fishin' in a whiskey stream,
Baited my hook with apple jack,
Threw out a drink, bring a gallon back.
Done pretty good till the creek run dry,
So I give the fish back to the finance comp'ny.

[Cisco Houston and Ramblin' Jack Elliott recorded very similar versions. I don't actually know who wrote it.]


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: doc.tom
Date: 07 Dec 17 - 10:24 AM

The Auld Fisher's Farewell to the Coquet?


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: doc.tom
Date: 07 Dec 17 - 10:28 AM

If memory serves, it was published in Stokoe & Stokoe. The tune beibg a variant of Lord Derwentwater's Last Farewell.


The Auld Fishers Farewell to the Coquet.

Come bring to me my limber gad I?ve fished with mony a year,
And let me ha?e me weel-worn creel, an? a? my fishing gear.
The sunbeams glint on Linden Ha?, the breeze comes frae the west,
An? lovely looks the gowden morn on the streams that I love best.

I?ve thrawn the flee thae sixty year, ay, sixty year an? mair,
An? mony a speckled Troutie killed wi? heckle heuk an? hair.
An? now I?m auld and feeble grown, my locks are like the snaw,
But I?ll gang again to Coquet-side an? take a fareweel thraw.

Coquet! In my youthful days they river sweetly ran,
An? sweetly down thy woody braes the bonny birdies sang,
But streams may run, an birds may sing, sma? joy they bring to me,
The blithesome strains I dimly hear, the streams I dimly see.

But ance again the weel-kenned sounds my minutes shall beguile,
An? glistening in the airly sun I?ll see they waters smile,
An? sorrow shall forget his sigh, an? age forget his pain,
An? ance mair by sweet Coquet-side my heart be young again.

Ance mair I?ll touch wi? gleesome feet they waters clear and cold,
Ance mair I?ll cheat the gleg-e?e trout an wile him frae his hold,
Ance mair at Weldon?s Frien?ly door I?ll wind my tackle up,
And drink ?Success to Coquet-side,? though a tear fa? in the cup.

An? then farewell, dear Coquet-side! Aye gaily may thou rin,
An? lead thy waters sparkling on, an dash frae linn to linn.
Blithe be the music o? thy streams an? banks through after-days,
An? blithe be every fisher?s heart shall ever tread thy braes.


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Subject: RE: Folk Songs for anglers!
From: GUEST,gutcher
Date: 10 Dec 17 - 09:09 AM

This lad was surely a budding fisherman:---

"way down upon a Swannee River
whaur aa fell in
tryin tae catch wee baggie minnows
wae a condensed-milk tin.

O the lassies roared an laughed
et me fa"in in
"way down upon a Swannee River
wae ma condensed milk tin.

Stephen Foster lived on in the back-woods of Southern Scotland 75 years ago.


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