Eight-Pound Bass, The

DESCRIPTION: Ice-fishing for bass on the Nor'West Miramichi river. "For I did fish in vain, I tried and tried again, I walked around the hole till I was lame, Away up on Whitney's Flats, Amongst the Nor'West brats, But that eight-pound bass I longed for never came"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (Manny/Wilson)
KEYWORDS: fishing river humorous moniker derivative
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Manny/Wilson 16, "The Eight-Pound Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST MaWi016 (Partial)
Roud #9196
cf. "The Letter That Never Came" (tune and structure)
NOTES [66 words]: Manny/Wilson: "This song was made up in the 1890's or early 1900's.... The eight-pound bass ... was the most salable size.... Sandy Ives says the Bass is a parody of The Letter That Never Came, to be found in Sigmund Spaeth's Weep Some More, My Lady, and the Bass has essentially the same tune. From another source I am told the origin of our song was The Beefsteak that I Ordered Never Came." - BS
File: MaWi016

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