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                        The Candlelight Fisherman

                                    Traditional English

           

            I learned this from old Eric Ilot, "The Bristol Chanteyman" who graced our town for a few weeks some winters ago.  It was also collected by Bob Roberts.

            This old codger had a good dodge when he didn't want to go fishing; he's talking about a candle-lantern, a four-sided glass box with a candle in it, one side of which opens like a door.  If you want the candle to keep burning, you keep the door (pane) closed.

 

Gordon – Spanish guitar

 

            Now me Dad was a fisherman bold

          And he lived till he grew old

          'Cause he'd open the pane and pop out the flame

          Just to see how the winds do blow.

 

          Now me Dad he says to me

          If you're ever going to go to sea

          Do you open the pane and pop out the flame

          Just to see how the winds do blow.

 

          Now when the cold North wind do blow

          Then it's we lie snug below

          'Cause we open the pane…

 

          When the wind comes up from the East

          It isn't fit for man nor beast

          Still I open the pane…

 

          When the wind comes up from the West

          She's going to blowup rough at best

          So I open the pane…

 

          But when the South wind soft do blow

          Well there ain't enough wind to go

          Still, I open the pane…

 

          When me wife she says to me

          We'll starve if you don't go

          Well, I open the pane…

          So if you'd be a fisherman bold

          And you'd live till you grow old

          Do you open the pane…

 

 

 

Candlelight Fisherman is recorded on the album Herrings in the Bay