Catch of the Day – a celebration. Catch the exhibition at the Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

Apologies the wall has been hibernating.

Caller Herrin’

Chorus
Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’?
They’re bonnie fish and halesome farin’;
Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’,                      
New drawn frae the Forth?

When ye were sleepin’ on your pillows,
Dream’d ye aught o’ our puir fellows,
Darkling as they fac’d the billows,
A’ to fill the woven willows?
Buy my caller herrin’,
New drawn frae the Forth.

Chorus

Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’?
They’re no brought here without brave darin’;
Buy my caller herrin’,
Haul’d through wind and rain.

Chorus

WhaIl buy my caller herrin’?
Oh, ye may ca’ them vulgar farin’
Wives and mithers, maist despairin’,
Ca’ them lives o’ men.

Chorus

When the creel o’ herrin’ passes,
Ladies-clad in silks and laces,
Gather in their braw pelisses,
Cast their heads and screw their faces,

Chorus

Caller herrin’s no got lightlie:
Ye can trip the spring fu’ tightlie;
Spite o’ tauntin’, flauntin’, flingin’,
Gow had set you a’ a-singing

Chorus

Neebour wives, now tent my tellin’;
When the bonnie fish ye’re sellin’,
At ae word be in yere dealin’ –
Truth will stand when a’ thin’s failin’,

Chorus

Meaning of unusual words:
Caller=freshly caught
halesome farin’=wholesome food
creel=basket
braw pelisses=beautiful mantles
trip the spring fu’ tightlie=dance the jig very neatly
Gow= Neil Gow, the fiddle player
tent=heed

and listen to Cilla Fisher  sing it all on you tube   Songs of the Fishing 13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFtXrT5sxRk&list=RDoFtXrT5sxRk&t=7

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