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Traditional
   1. Come all you bold fishermen, listen to me,
      I'll sing you a song of the fish in the sea.

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   2. First comes the bluefish a-wagging his tail,
      He comes up on deck and yells,"All hands make sail!"

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   3. Next come the herrings with their little tails,
      They manned sheets and halyards and set all the sails.

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   4. Next comes the porpoise with his short snout,
      He jumps on the bridge and yells,"Ready about!

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   5. Next comes the swordfish, the scourge of the sea,
      The order he gives is, "Helm's a-lee!"

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   6. Then comes the mackerel with his striped back,
      He flops on the bridge and yells,"Board the main tack!"

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   7. Next comes the flounder quite fresh from the ground,
      Crying,"Damn your eyes, chucklehead, mind where you sound !"

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   8. Along comes the shark with his three rows or teeth,
      He, flops on the foreyard and takes a snug reef.

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

   9. Next comes the whale, the largest of all,
      Singing out from the bridge,"Haul taut, mainsail, haul!"

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

  10. Then comes the catfish with his chucklehead,
      Out in the main chains for a heave of the lead.

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

  11. Up jumps the fisherman, stalwart and grim,
      And with his big net he scoops them all in.

      So blow ye winds westerly, westerly blow,
      We're bound to the southward, so steady we go.

From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah