“Jonah Fishing for a Whale”


"Cheer up, cheer up, my lively lads, Don't let your spirits fall; For Jonah's down in Sampson pond A-fishin' for a whale." "And when he ain't a-whaling, He's at some other fun, Down in the swamp a-cuttin' reeds To string his whales upon."


Needless to say, this has nothing to do with the Biblical account of Jonah and the fish. Frankly, it sounds like a bunch of kids making fun of a poor foolish kid who doesn't know what a whale is or how to catch one. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 184, "Jonah Fishing for a Whale" (1 text)
  2. BI, Br3184


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: fishing
Found in: US(SE)