“Peter Fishing”


Peter catches a fish, which urges, "Take me home, Peter (x3), oh mah ding." Peter takes it hom; the fish says, "Kill me now." Then, "Clean me now," "Salt me now," "Cook me now," "Eat me now," "I got you now!" (and Peter vanishes)


Henry's informant said that Peter was punished by the Devil for fishing on a Sunday. I'd be inclined to say that listening to a dead fish wasn't too smart, either. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 221-222, "Peter Fishing" (1 text)
  2. BI, MKAp221


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Henry, from Mrs. Walter Scott Jr.)
Keywords: fishing food devil
Found in: US(SE)