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Lyr Req: Fishin' (Elvin Bishop)

Joe Offer 13 Aug 08 - 12:36 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Aug 08 - 01:25 PM
Mark Ross 13 Aug 08 - 02:53 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Aug 08 - 03:05 PM
Peace 14 Aug 08 - 03:34 AM
GUEST,Capobasso 13 Dec 08 - 05:22 PM
Jim Dixon 23 Dec 08 - 08:20 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: fishing on sunday's a sin
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 12:36 PM

From another thread:

Subject: I'm searching for lyrics
From: GUEST,rj olson - PM
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 12:29 PM

I have been searching for lyrics to a song for several months with no success. I can't remember the name of the song or who performs it, but part of the lyrics include, "Some folks say fishing on Sunday's a sin."
And the chorus includes "I'm going fishing just to pass the time, going fishing, hook sinker and line."

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
RJ Olson


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Subject: RE: Req: fishing on sunday's a sin/hook, sinker & line
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 01:25 PM

Well, it might be an update of SOME SAY THAT KISSING'S A SIN.

Leadbelly recorded a song called AIN'T IT A SHAME TO GO FISHIN' ON A SUNDAY in his "last sessions." I don't have time to go looking for the lyrics right now; maybe later.


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Subject: RE: Req: fishing on sunday's a sin/hook, sinker & line
From: Mark Ross
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 02:53 PM

The Taj Mahal FISHIN' BLUES is from the singing of Henry Thomas.


Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Req: fishing on sunday's a sin/hook, sinker & line
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Aug 08 - 03:05 PM

Also see the song IT'S A SHAME TO WHIP YOUR WIFE ON SUNDAY which seems to be a "zipper" song with easily improvised verses about various activities: drinking, gambling, etc. Leadbelly's song is probably a variation of this.


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Subject: RE: Req: fishing on sunday's a sin/hook, sinker & line
From: Peace
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 03:34 AM

The Loving Spoonful did a version of the song way back.


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Subject: RE: Req: fishing on sunday's a sin/hook, sinker & line
From: GUEST,Capobasso
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 05:22 PM

It's an Elvin Bishop song, no?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fishin' (Elvin Bishop)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 08:20 PM

Right you are, Capobasso. It's called FISHIN' and it's on 4 of Elvin Bishop's albums: "Let It Flow" (1974), "Sure Feels Good: The Best of Elvin Bishop" (1992), "Ace in the Hole" (1995), and "Alive Down South" (1997).

I listened to several sound samples and transcribed this. It's obviously incomplete, and I don't even know if I got the segments in the right order:


FISHIN' (excerpt)
Elvin Bishop

[SPOKEN:] I got me a nice little spot picked out down there on the crick.
Boy, them perch is bitin' like crazy. Yassuh. Powerful.

[SUNG:] I'm goin' fish-fish, fish-fish, fish-fish, fishin'.
I'm goin' fishin', hook, sinker, an' line.
I said, fish-fish, fish-fish, fish-fish, fishin'....
*
Now some folks say that fishin' on Sunday's a sin.
If a fish bite my line on a Sunday, I'm 'onna reel 'im on in.
Believe I'll take 'im on home, fry 'im up good an' have a ball....
*
I'll take my pole an' my jug down to the river, 'm'on set up on na bank.
Ever' time the fish start to nibble, I'm 'onna take me another drink.*
[CHORUS?:] I'm goin' fish-fish,....(etc.)


[*"Drink" is pronounced "drank" to rhyme with "bank".]


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