DESCRIPTION: Singer describes pleasures of fishing, boasting, "I'm going fishing, you're going fishing. You can bet your life, your (lovely/ugly/loving) wife I'll catch more fish than you...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1928 (recording, Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas)
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 106, "Fishing Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry Thomas, "Fishing Blues" (Vocalion 1249, 1928; on AAFM3)
NOTES: The song is not in blues form; Henry Thomas was more of an African-American "songster" than a blues singer, tracing his musical style back to pre-blues traditions, including playing a rack of quills. - PJS
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