#03314
Feller From Fortune (Omar Blondahl)
See also: Feller From Fortune (Collected by Doyle)
And also: Lots Of Fish In Bonavist' Harbour (Peacock)

There's lots of fish in Bonavist' Harbour,
Lots of fish right in around here;
B'ys and girls are fishin' together,
Forty-five from Carbonear.

Uncle George got up in the mornin',
He got up in a hell of a tear;
He ripped the seat right out of his britches,
Now he's got no pair to wear.

Oh.... catch a-hold this one, catch a-hold that one,
Swing around this one, swing around she;
Dance around this one, dance around that one,
Diddle-dum this one, diddle-dum dee.

Sally is the pride of the Harbour,
Ain't been swung since way last year;
Drinkin' rum and wine and the cassis,
All brought in from St. Pierre.

Sally's got a fisherman lover,
Father said that he didn't care,
Because he likes the feller from Fortune,
What was down here fishin' last year.

Oh.... catch a-hold this one, catch a-hold that one,
Swing around this one, swing around she;
Dance around this one, dance around that one,
Diddle-dum this one, diddle-dum dee.

Sally's got a bitty new baby,
Father said that he didn't care,
Because he likes the feller from Fortune,
What was down here fishin' last year.

Sally goes to church every Sunday,
Not to sing and not for to hear,
But to see the feller from Fortune,
What was down here fishin' last year.

Oh.... catch a-hold this one, catch a-hold that one,
Swing around this one, swing around she;
Dance around this one, dance around that one,
Diddle-dum this one, diddle-dum dee.

Lots of fish in Bonavist' Harbour,
Lots of fishermen in around here;
Swing your partner Jimmy Joe Jacobs,
I'll be home in the spring of the year.

There's lots of fish in Bonavist' Harbour,
Lots of fish right in around here;
B'ys and girls are fishin' together,
Forty-five from Carbonear.

Oh.... catch a-hold this one, catch a-hold that one,
Swing around this one, swing around she;
Dance around this one, dance around that one,
Diddle-dum this one, diddle-dum dee.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an original Newfoundland song ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Omar Blondahl (Trade Winds: Omar Blondahl Presents The Saga Of Newfoundland In Song, side 1, trk#1, c.1956 LP, Rodeo International, Mt. Albert, Ontario); and (Omar Blondahl Sings Of Newfoundland, Side 2, trk#4, 197? LP, Continental Records, Mississauga, Ontario).

See more songs by Omar Blondahl.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Lloyd Soper and Bob McLeod of St John's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Feller From Fortune (Lots Of Fish In Bonavist' Harbour) in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.53-54, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock also recorded a variant as Lots Of Fish In Bonavist' Harbour, on his album, Songs And Ballads Of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956), trk#A.03.

Kenneth Peacock noted that this rollicking native ditty has achieved wide popularity since it was first collected in the early forties. It is one of several native songs from the National Museum's collection used by the late Gerald S. Doyle of St. John's in his 1955 booklet Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland. The song has also been included in other anthologies and on several recordings. Peacock further noted that a week or so after he had collected this song in St John's he was in Fortune and inquired about the 'feller.' No one had ever heard of him, but Peacock did find a cowboy-type singer who sang a variant called The Feller From Burgeo. Unfortunately, the guitar drowns out most of the words on the recording, so it was not reproduced in his collection. He added that the words that are audible indicate the variant would probably be unprintable anyway. Peacock suggested that for more information about the sort of winter 'fishing' that was going on in this song, see the note on Bill Wiseman. On a final note, he mentioned that 'cassis' in verse two is black currant brandy.

A variant was published as Feller From Fortune in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Third edition, p.23, 1955).

Also published on page 9 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed free by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book.

A very similar variant was recorded as Feller From Fortune by Alan Mills on the second of his three Folkway albums (We'll Rant And We'll Roar - Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#2, 1958 LP, Folkway Records and Service Corp, New York, New York) accompanied by Gilbert Lacombe on guitar and Gordon Fleming on accordion.



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