“Song of the Fishes (Blow Ye Winds Westerly)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934
Keywords: fishing bragging nonballad sailor
Found in: Britain(England(South)) US(NE) Canada(Mar,Newf)

Description

"Come all you bold fishermen, listen to me, I'll sing you a song of the fish in the sea, Then blow ye winds westerly, westerly...." The behaviors of the various fish are described as they come forward and speak to the sailors

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Colcord, pp. 187-188, "The Boston Come-All-Ye" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Harlow, pp. 145-147, "Song of the Fishes" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Hugill, pp. 196-198, 209-210, "The Fishes" (4 texts, 4 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 153-154], "Blow the Man Down" (1 text, version D of "Blow the Man Down") [AbEd, pp. 164-165]
  4. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 160-161, "The Fish of the Sea" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Peacock, p. 859, "Blow the Wind Westerly" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 77, "The Old Ark" (1 text, 1 tune, with first verse and chorus from "The Old Ark's A-Moverin'" and additional verses from "this song")
  7. Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 129-131, "Song of the Fishes" (1 very full text, 1 tune)
  8. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 496-498, "The Boston Come-All-Ye or The Fishes" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Lomax-FSNA 22, "The Fish of the Sea" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 557-558, "The Boston Come-All-Ye" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Silber-FSWB, p. 90, "Blow Ye Winds Westerly" (1 text)
  12. DT, SONGFISH* SNGFISH2
  13. Roud #472
  14. BI, LxA496