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The Squid-Jiggin' Ground (Art Scammell) MIDIs, score, videos
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              #611: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2010
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Oh, this is the place where the fishermen gather,
In oilskins and boots and Cape Anns battened down;
All sizes of figures with squid lines and jiggers,
They congregate here on the squid-jiggin' ground.

Some are working their jiggers while others are yarnin',
There's some standing up and there's more lyin' down;
While all kinds of fun, jokes and tricks are begun,
As they wait for the squid on the squid-jiggin' ground.

There's men of all ages and boys in the bargain,
There's old Billy Cave and there's young Raymond Brown;
There's a red headed Tory out here in a dory,
A-runnin' down Squires on the squid-jiggin' ground.

There's men from the Harbour, there's men from the Tickle,
In all kinds of motorboats, green, grey and brown;
Right yonder is Bobby and with him is Nobby,
He's a-chawin' hardtack on the squid-jiggin' ground.

God bless my sou'wester, there's Skipper John Chaffey,
He's the best hand at squid jiggin' here, I'll be bound;
Hello, what's the rough? Why he's jiggin' one now,
The very first squid on the squid-jiggin' ground.

The man with the whisker is old Jacob Steele,
He's getting well up but he's still pretty sound;
While Uncle Bob Hawkins wears six pairs of stockings,
Whenever he's out on the squid-jiggin' ground.

Holy smoke! What a scuffle, all hands are excited,
'Tis a wonder to me that there's nobody drowned;
There's a bustle, confusion, a wonderful hustle,
They're all jiggin' squids on the squid-jiggin' ground.

Says Bobby, "The squids are on top of the water,
I just got me jiggers 'bout one fathom down."
But a squid in the boat squirted right down his throat,
And he's swearing like mad on the squid-jiggin' ground.

There's poor Uncle Billy, his whiskers are spattered,
With spots of the squid juice that's flyin' around;
One poor little boy got it right in in his eye,
But they don't give a darn on the squid-jiggin' ground.

Now, if ever you feel inclined to go squiddin',
Leave your white shirts and collars behind in the town;
And if you get cranky without your silk hanky,
You better steer clear of the squid-jiggin' ground.

####.... Arthur R. Scammell © BMI Canada, Ltd., 1966 ....####
The YouTube video above features a recording by Art Scammell (My Newfoundland, trk#7, 1974, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

Liner Notes by Art Scammell:
I wrote most of these songs and verses many years ago when I was growing up in a Newfoundland outport - Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay. Squid Jiggin' Ground - This was my first song written back in 1928.

Also published in Art Scammell's book, My Newfoundland, pp.116-117 (Harvest House, Montreal, 1966).

Notes:
Squid-Jiggin' Ground became Newfoundland's first local hit record when it sold 15,000 copies in 1943. Art Scammell composed it for a high school project in 1928 when he was 15 years old. The carillon in the Peace Tower in Ottawa played it as Canada welcomed Newfoundland into Confederation on April 1, 1949.


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Also published in Gerald S. Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, pp.66-67, 1940; Third edition, pp.57-58, 1955).

Also published on p.12 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co. Ltd., of St. John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S. Doyle Song Book from which the above lyrics were obtained.

Variants of this song were collected from Reginald Sheaves [b.1897] of Port aux Basques, Maude Sullivan [1908-1987] of Calvert, Mary Whalen [1915-1997] of Cape Broyle, and a guitar instrumental by Eddy Primroy [1928-1999] of Pouch Cove, NL, all published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Also recorded by Schooner Fare (Closer To The Wind, 1981).


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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Cape Ann - A fisherman's oilskin cap with broad brim, sloping at the back, and side flaps tied under the chin; sou'wester.
Sou'wester - a fisherman's waterproof hat with a broad brim, elongated and sloping at the back, with side flaps tied under the chin; also south-wester, southwester, cape ann, lincoln, oil hat.

The variant in the YouTube video below was arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Songs From The Shows, trk#8, 2001, produced for CBC Television by Jack Kellum, and recorded at CBC Television Studios, St. John's, NL).

Liner Notes: Vocal - Dermot O'Reilly and Fergus O'Byrne.
The community of Change Islands, Newfoundland, was the location for the performance of this song. Mr. Art Scammell captures, in colourful detail, the activities involved in harvesting this valuable source of food and bait from the waters of Notre Dame Bay.


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          #678: YouTube video by quickaccents2006 ©2008
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The variant in the YouTube video below features a recording by Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow [1914-1999] of Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, who dedicated it to fishermen with whom he sailed as a schooner cabin boy from the time he was 12 until he was 16 years old (My Nova Scotia Home, trk#2, 1968, RCA Camden CAS-2257).


               #201: YouTube video by snowcatns ©2008
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The variant in the YouTube video below was recorded by His Nibs, Harry Hibbs (Harry Hibbs At The Caribou Club, trk#11, 1968, Arc Sound, Toronto, Ontario).

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               #429: YouTube video by NLTreasure ©2008
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(As recorded by Schooner Fare)

(Capo 2nd fret)

Intro: [A] [D] [E] [A]

Oh, this is the place where the fishermen gather,
In [D] oilskins and [A] boots and Cape [E] Anns battened [D] down;
All sizes of figures with [A] squid lines and jiggers,
They congregate here on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

Some are working their jiggers while others are yarnin',
There's [D] some standing [A] up and there's [E] more lyin' [D] down;
While all kinds of fun, jokes and [A] tricks are begun,
As they wait for the squid on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

There's men of all ages and boys in the bargain,
There's [D] old Billy [A] Cave and there's [E] young Raymond [D] Brown;
There's a red haired Tory out [A] here in a dory,
A-running down Squires on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

There's men from the Harbour, there's men from the Tickle,
In [D] all kinds of [A] motorboats, [E] green, grey and [D] brown;
Right yonder is Bobby and [A] with him is Nobby,
He's a-chawin' hardtack on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

God bless my sou'wester, there's Skipper John Chaffey,
He's the [D] best hand at [A] squid jiggin' [E] here, I'll be [D] bound;
Hello, what's the rough? Why he's [A] jiggin' one now,
The very first squid on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

The man with the whisker is old Jacob Steele,
He's [D] getting well [A] up but he's [E] still pretty [D] sound;
While Uncle Bob Hawkins wears [A] six pairs of stockings,
Whenever he's out on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

Holy smoke! What a scuffle, all hands are excited,
'Tis a [D] wonder to [A] me that there's [E] nobody [D] drowned;
There's a bustle, confusion, a [A] wonderful hustle,
They're all jiggin squids on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

Says Bobby, "The squids are on top of the water,
I [D] just got me [A] jiggers 'bout [E] one fathom [D] down."
But a squid in the boat squirted [A] right down his throat,
And he's swearing like mad on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

There's poor Uncle Billy, his whiskers are spattered,
With [D] spots of the [A] squid juice that's [E] flyin' [D] around;
One poor little boy got it [A] right in his eye,
But they don't give a darn on the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

Now, if ever you feel inclined to go squiddin',
Leave your [D] white shirts and [A] collars be- [E] hind in the [D] town;
And if you get cranky with- [A] out your silk hanky,
You better steer clear of the [E] squid-jiggin' [A] ground.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~





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