Squid Jiggin’ Ground
arr. Michael Snelgrove

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Oh... this is the place where the fishermen gather

With oil-skins and boots and Cape Anns battened down

All sizes of figures with squid lines and jiggers

They congregate here on the squid-jiggin' ground.


There's men of all ages and boys in the bargain

There's old Billy Cave and there's young Raymond Brown

There's a red rantin' Tory out here in the dory

A-runnin' down Squires on the squid-jiggin' ground.


God bless my sou'wester, there's Skipper John Chaffey

He's the best hand at squid-jiggin' here, I'll be bound

Hello! What's the row? Why, he's jiggin' one now

The very first squid on the squid-jiggin' ground.


Holy smoke! What a scuffle! All hands are excited

'Tis a wonder to me that there's nobody drowned

There's confusion a bustle, a wonderful hustle

They're all jiggin' squid on the squid-jiggin' ground.


Says Bobby, "The squids are on top of the water,

I just got me jigger 'bout one fathom down"

When a squid in the boat squirted right down his throat

And he's swearin' like mad on the squid-jiggin' ground.


We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Newfoundlanders

we’ll rant and we’ll roar on deck and below

and when we see bottom inside the two sunkers

Then it’s straight thru the channel to Toslow we’ll go


Now if ever you feel inclined to go squiddin’

leave you white shirts and collars behind in the town

and if you get cranky without your silk hanky

You’d better stay clear of the squid jiggin’ ground.



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