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The Candlelight Fisherman
Last updated: 02.02.20
I first started to sing The Candlelight Fisherman on joining the Tyneside Maritime Chorus in early 2011. It is of the amusing philosophy of a fisherman who owes his lonevity to the fact that he rarely if ever goes to sea, even to the extent of starving his family. It does not matter from which cardinal point a wind comes, if when he opens his window anf the candle is popped out [sic] then he stays ashore.
The version I sing is taken from Roy Palmer's The Oxford Book of Sea Songs and is attributed to Bob Roberts. The version sung by the Tyneside Maritime Chorus is very similar but they use the lyrics as recorded by Phil Hammond on Folksongs of Britain.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook
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