“Jolly Fisherman (I)”


With a storm coming up, Captain Williams of Veronia sends a dory after halibut. Oars are lost and a buoy line parts. To save the dory, they cast halibut oil on the water and bale with their sou'westers until they are picked up next morning by Veronia.

Supplemental text

Jolly Fisherman (I)
  Partial text(s)

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From Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, #125, pp. 269-271.
"Sung by Mr. Richard Hartlan, South-East Passage."

Come, sll you jolly fishermen,
  That does a-fishing go,
Beware of the cold nor'westers
  And the stormy winds that blow.
It was in the winter season
  On the western Banks we lay
On board of the old Veronia,
  Oh, I'll never forget the day.

(6 additional stanzas; the final stanza is either a mis-printed
half-stanza or is defective.)


This song is item dD47 in Laws's Appendix II. - BS


  1. Creighton-NovaScotia 125, "Jolly Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrNS125 (Partial)
  3. Roud #1827
  4. BI, CrNS125


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Found in: Canada(Mar)