“The Jolly Fisherman (II)”


The singer says he is a fisherman, and "Fish just like men I've often caught -- crabs, gudgeon, poor John Codfish." He compares various sorts of people to various fish --- e.g. "false friends to eels" and the lawyer like a pike striking


Sam Henry claimed this was once a popular song around 1800, but gives no supporting evidence. - RBW


  1. SHenry H639, p. 59, "The Jolly Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13361
  3. BI, HHH639


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Sam Henry collection)
Keywords: work fishing nonballad
Found in: Ireland