The Three Jolly Fishermen

 
Performed by:
John Greaves
Recorded in:
Harrogate
Recorded on:
28/01/2007
Recorded by:
Mark Ellison
Genre:
Occupational
Keywords:
Fishing,
Salesman,
Money
 

Archival information

TYG:
82
Key:
G
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
3496
Laws id:
Master title:
The Three Jolly Fishermen
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
(Lead) We are three jolly fishermen,
(All) We are three jolly fishermen,
We are three jolly fishermen, while the merry,merry bells do ring.
(Lead) Make haste, make haste, (Chorus) You be too late,
(Lead) One fish, my dear, (Chorus) I cannot wait,
(All) For me fine fry of herring, me bonny silver herring,
Mind how you sell them while the merry, merry bells do ring.

2
We cast our nets unto the rocks.

3
We’ve white an’ speckled bellied uns.

4
We sell them three for fourpence.

John added that it was traditional for a woman to sing ‘Make haste’ and ‘One fish, my dear’ harking back to the song’s origins.

Joined on the chorus by Steve Gardham, Ray Black and Mark Ellison.

Archival information

TYG:
82
Key:
G
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
3496
Laws id:
Master title:
The Three Jolly Fishermen
Places Cited: