“The Shad”


Fragment: "Bait a hook to catch a shad/The first thing he bit was my old Dad/Pulled her away with all my might/Trying for to get the old man out/Fishpole broke and I got mad/Down to the bottom went old Dad"


Fragment it may be, but it has a coherent story. Most of the lyrics appear as floaters in "Lulu (II)," but that's a nonballad with a thoroughly different gestalt, and I assume the words floated over there on their own. - PJS

Cross references


  1. SharpAp 254, "The Shad" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3663
  3. BI, ShAp2254


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Found in: US(SE)