“Game Warden Song”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Leach-Labrador)
Keywords: trial trick fishing judge punishment
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

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.

Supplemental text

Game Warden Song
  Partial text(s)

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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.)

References

  1. Leach-Labrador 82, "Game Warden Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST LLab082 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9978
  4. BI, LLab082