The game warden catches the singers netting salmon. He takes the nets but agrees, for a ride, not to turn them in. But he sends a letter to the magistrate. They are met by the judge with a summons. The warden gets half the $10 fine.
Game Warden Song Partial text(s) *** A *** From MacEdward Leach, Folk Ballads & Songs of the Lower Labrador Coast, #82, pp. 210-213. "Sung by James Noseworthy, Green Island Brook, June 1960." Come all you good people who lives in our settlement, I pray pay attention and listen to me. It's about a game warden, And what a fine trick he played on me. We steamed to the Bear Point and hove down our anchor; We saw a few salmon, for the water was clear. And Stan, he looked up and said, "It's not late yet; I think we'd better have a haul here." (Stanzas 1, 3 of 19.) (The tune is for verse 3; there is no indication of how verse 1 is to be sung.)