Can Anyone Help with a Canadian or Scottish Folk Song about Lobster Pots and the Rolling Sea?

Jane Miller wrote to me from a library in Canada asking for help with a song. Here’s her email:

Dear Lisa

We have had an inquiry on the following folk song. Our inquirer’s mother sang it to him in the 1930’s. She emigrated to Canada from Scotland aged 10, so he thinks the song could be either Canadian (she went to Saskatchewan) or Scottish.

In my internet searching, I came across your web site, so was wondering if it rang any bells?

As I went rolling, strolling, rolling
Over the rolling sea
I put three shots
In their lobster pots
So they won’t frighten me

I … put three shots
In their lobster pots
So they won’t frighten me.

Regards and grateful for any assistance you are able to give.
Jane Miller
Arts Team
State Library of Victoria

If anyone can help with this song, please comment below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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4 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Canadian or Scottish Folk Song about Lobster Pots and the Rolling Sea?”

  1. Helen Says:

    My father used to sing this song to me – I’ve been searching for all the words forever.

    This verse follows an en counter with 3 witches

    I went strolling, down by the rolling
    Down by the rolling sea
    I put three shots In their lobster pots
    So they won’t ever frighten me

    This verse follows meeting 3 lovely ladies

    I went strolling down by the rolling,
    Down by the rolling sea.
    If you can’t be true to one or two.
    You’re much better off with three

    These are chorus versees I believe.

  2. John Says:

    My father sang this song it is an opera aria called Three for Jack. I found an MP3 version on Amazon sung by Richard Bonelli (Dad was better:))

  3. Chris Bruer Says:

    Hey guys, I know it’s been a while, but I was searching for this same song and came across the original song from 1904.

    http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/9001832?selectedversion=NBD22069527

    Enjoy!

  4. Lisa Says:

    Here’s a score.

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