Fishin' Blues

Written by: 
Henry Thomas
1 Dec 1968

I have been fishing all the time,
Won't you come fishing too?
You can bet your life,
Your sweet loving wife
Gonna catch more fish than you!
If the fish bite, you got a good bait,
Here's a little something I would like to relate:
If the fish bite, you got a good bait;
I'm a-going fishing,
Yes I'm going fishing,
I'm a-going fishing too.

I went up the river by one o'clock,
I spied that catfish, so many around,
And I got so hungry, didn't know what to do;
Reckoned I might catch catfish, too.

And I have been fishing all the time,
Won't you come fishing too?
You can bet your life,
Your sweet loving wife
Gonna catch more fish than you!
If the fish bite, you got a good bait,
Here's a little something I would like to relate:
If the fish bite, you got a good bait;
I'm a-going fishing,
Yes I'm going fishing,
I'm a-going fishing too.

And I went down the river by two o'clock,
I spied that ale, just so many around.
I got so hungry, didn't know what to do;
Ain't gonna catch that ale, not you...

And I have been fishing all the time,
Won't you come fishing too?
You can bet your life,
Your sweet loving wife
Gonna catch more fish than you!
If the fish bite, you got a good bait,
Here's a little something I would like to relate:
If the fish bite, you got a good bait;
I'm a-going fishing,
Yes I'm going fishing,
I'm a-going fishing too.

{repeat chorus two times}

The song is credited to John Martyn but was in fact written by Henry Thomas.

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