“The Herring Gibbers”


"It's all about the herring gibbers and how they get along." The packers and gibbers wake and cannot find their pants or socks. Some others laugh at the joke. The song names the captain, second hand, cook and one leaving Newfoundland.


Peacock re [the Lumber Camp Song]: "The Herring Gibbers [could be] the original version. However, considering the fact that the lumbering version has been traced back at least a hundred years I am inclined to give it priority" - BS

The Lumber Camp Song is also much more widespread, making it a better candidate for parodying. Roud resolves the question by lumping the two. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "Lumber Camp Song" (theme and tune)


  1. Peacock, pp. 132-135, "The Herring Gibbers" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Roud #667
  3. BI, Pea132


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)