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A song for children. collected in various forms by several Australian folklorists (e.g. Ron Edwards, John Meredith, Jamie Carlin). It is thought to be of Portuguese or Spanish origin, and one source stated that it was once a rude song, but over time it has evolved the the current commonly-sung children's version (John Meredith and Hugh Anderson, 1979, "Folk Songs of Australia - and the Men and Women Who Sang Them", Ure Smith, Sydney).

lyrics

The crew are asleep and the ocean's at rest,
And I'm singing this song to the one I love best.
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry,
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry.

There are fish in the sea, there's no doubt about it,
Just as big as the ones that have e'er come out.
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry,
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry.

Little fish, when she's caught, she fights like a whale,
As she thrashes the water with her long, narrow tail.
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry,
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry.

The anchor's away, and the weather is fine,
And the captain's on deck laying out other lines.
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry,
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry.

The crew are asleep and the ocean's at rest,
And I'm singing this song for the one I love best.
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry,
Yo ho, little fishy, don't cry, don't cry.

credits

from To Lawsons Joy, released January 26, 2014
Engineered by Bryce Moorhead.
Produced by Bryce Moorhead and Steve Towson.
The Kunkala Station Band are Steve Towson (lead vocals, guitar, drums and more), Les Buschel (guitar, backing vocals), Luke Mysliwy (violin, backing vocals), Kimbeaux Dawson (flute), Mitch Humphrys (double bass, guitar, backing vocals), Ness Glenn (cello, backing vocals).
Profile photo by Staples. Banner art by TB (Mr. T + MC.T + WHO).
Track photo courtesy of State Library of Queensland.

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