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Jig One On The Sly (Bobby Evans) video
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Now the hardbread's gettin' lonely,
soakin' there all by itself.
Says Brian, "Weigh the jiggers and goodbye!"
Now the only way to get one
for the pot for Sunday morn,
Is to go out there and jig one on the sly.

'Twas a time when we could boast
about our favourite good old scoff,
Fish 'n' brewis was known to people far and near;
And I'm sure that when they said
we weren't allowed to fish no more,
Every dry eye in the country shed a tear.

How good it was to come home
to a feed of fish 'n' brewis,
With scrunchions fat
and onions boilin' hot: Mmm mmm;
But the ocean's like a desert:
it's been scraped so many times,
That there's hardly a single codfish to be got.

Now the hardbread's gettin' lonely,
soakin' there all by itself.
Says Brian, "Weigh the jiggers and goodbye!"
Now the only way to get one
for the pot for Sunday morn,
Is to go out there and jig one on the sly.

It's a shame that the common Joe
can't jig a dozen fish,
To split and dry and put in for the fall;
There's no one really sure now
if the cod stock will come back,
'Cause the last one that I got was pretty small.

Now me brother in the mainland
used to come home every year,
We'd always go out jiggin' that's for sure;
But the letter that he wrote me
when he heard about the news,
Said he's not sure if he's comin' back no more.

Now the hardbread's gettin' lonely,
soakin' there all by itself.
Says Brian, "Weigh the jiggers and goodbye!"
Now the only way to get one
for the pot for Sunday morn,
Is to go out there and jig one on the sly.

Yeah, the hardbread's gettin' lonely,
soakin' there all by itself.
Says Brian, "Weigh the jiggers and goodbye!"
Now the only way to get one
for the pot for Sunday morn,
Is to go out there and jig one on the sly.

Yeah, the only way to get one
for the pot for Sunday morn,
Is to go out there and jig one on the sly.

####.... Bobby Evans (Fred Rowsell), Margaret Rowsell, Lee Vaughn (Vaughn Rowsell) © 1994 ....####
Recorded by Bobby Evans (Songs Of The Island, trk#9, 1994, Top Sound Recording, Ltd, Glovertown, NL, and produced by Bobby Evans and Lee Vaughn. Bobby Evans (Fred Rowsell) was born and raised in Glovertown; Margaret Rowsell is his wife; Lee Vaughn (Vaughn Rowsell) is his son.

See more songs by Bobby Evans.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Brewis - sea-biscuit or 'hard tack' soaked in water and then boiled; such a dish cooked with salt cod and fat pork.
Scoff - cooked meal at sea or ashore, especially at night and often part of an impromptu party; such a repast prepared with 'bucked' or stolen ingredients.
Scrunchions - fatback pork, cut into cubes, often fried and served as a garnish, especially over fish and brewis; also scrunchins, cruncheons, scrunchings.

From Wikipedia:
Brian Vincent Tobin - Canadian politician born 1954 in Stephenville, NL, elected to the House of Commons in 1980, appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in 1993, sworn in as the sixth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996, re-elected in 1999, but resigned in 2000 to join the federal Cabinet where he served as Minister of Industry until his announced retirement from politics in 2002.



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