Deciphering Lyrics for Willie Brown-Going to Fishing-Lomax

Goin’ to Fishin’ Alan Lomax Recording

Lyrics as deciphered by Angie Mack Reilly 12.3.18 revision (unfinished)

Japanese researcher, Akira Kikuchi, asked me to help him decifer these lyrics.   I’m not completely done yet.  Would love to hear your input!  Comment your thoughts!

contact:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

All right now boys
I tell you what we goin’ to do
we goin get that ole pole
we goin to fishin
you know Fiddlin’ Joe and Willie Brown
they wanna fish a little bit so
let’s see by it
Yes, yes (yas, yas)
Had me a wife
(aunt, and, big, bend) Lucy Jane
every monday morning get a fishing kink
oh she going to fishin
Now she going fishin
She gotta keep on fishin
I’m going to fishin too
Next fish comes
Gentlemen falls
A mule and 49
what you goin to haul
She goin’ fishin’
Oh she goin’ fishin’
she gotta keep on fishin’
I”m goin’ to fishin’ too
Yes I do
Hit that thing boy
Yes yes (Yas Yas)
Yeah we’re goin’ to fishin’
Yes she goin’ fishin’
She gotta keep on fishin’
I’m goin’ to fishin’ too
Next fish comes/that calls
big head cap
Early
(gibberish to simulate string winding up quickly?)
(mother?)
tight like that
Yeah she goin’ to fishin’
Now she goin’ to fishin’
She gotta keep on fishin’
I’m going to fishin’ too
Yes I do
Play that thing now Willie Brown
Go on up there Leroy to the harbor
Keep goin’ to fishin’
Now keep goin’ fishin’
She gotta keep on fishin’
I’m going to fishin’ too
Fish ‘a got a way I don’t like
When you goin’ to fish
you care the pole looks like
But still you goin’ fishin’
Oh still you goin’ fishin’
You gotta keep on fishin’
I’m goin’ to fishin’ too
Yas Yas
po’ leven?
Friend or foe
Keep on fishin’ you will go there
You goin’ to fishin’ anyhow
Ah you goin’ fishin’
You gotta keep on fishin’
I’m goin’ to fishin’ too
When you get your hook
get my pole
We goin’ fishin’ to a (part) of that hole
We all goin’ to fishin’
(we’ll see what you excuse me for)
We goin’ to fishin’
We got to keep on fishin’
I’m goin’ to fishin’ to
Yes I do
See you around Willie Brown
mmm…all hammer (Ole Hammer?)
Told you once, told you twice
Keep on fishin’ or treat me right
But still you goin’ to fishin’
But still you goin’ to fishin’
You gotta keep on fishin’
I’m goin’ to fishin’ too
Yas
Yas

By chroniccreativity

Listen to a recent podcast episode in which The World Music Foundation talks with Angie about her pioneering work to preserve music history.

Mack Reilly is internationally known as a music educator, researcher and historian. She has worked with many famous writers and playwrights, musicians, actors, producers and film directors from all over the world. She introduced embracing the music history concept for Grafton’s downtown Paramount Plaza and served as the Chairperson for the International Walk of Fame Committee. Her spearheaded efforts have substantially increased tourism revenue throughout Ozaukee County despite the fact that she has been a volunteer. She is the one who pitched the ideas of having an annual blues festival in Grafton, a Paramount Walking Tour and a PBS “History Detectives” segment on Paramount Records.. She is famous for helping discover the unmarked grave of legendary blues icon, Arthur “Blind” Blake. She was a contributor on both of Jack White’s Grammy award winning Paramount box sets.

“Mack has since worked tirelessly to preserve and commemorate the city’s musical legacy,” –Amanda Petrusich, American music journalist and author for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Pitchfork Media and Paste (taken from her book,

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