“The Candlelight Fisherman”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (recorded from Phil Hammond)
Keywords: fishing technology work humorous nonballad father wife worker
Found in: Britain(England(South))


Singer, a fisherman, tells how his father taught him to test the wind at night by sticking a candle lantern outside: "Open the pane and pop out the flame/To see how the wind do blow". He tells how he does it, and advises listeners to do the same


The joke is that while one is testing the wind with the lantern, its light attracts fish. Doing this, of course, is against the law. - PJS

Kennedy adds another joke along the lines of the "Arkansas Traveller": If the wind blows out the candle, it's blowing too hard to go out; if the wind doesn't blow out the candle, there isn't enough wind to sail. - RBW



  1. Kennedy 219, "The Candlelight Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #1852
  4. BI, K219