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We’re All A-Fishin’

From The Detroit Times, May 5, 1913.
 By Frank R. Leet.
 

 Pop sez that this world we live in
     Is one big fishin’ pond
 An’ we’ve all been fishin’ fer somethin’
     Since th’ time the first day dawned.
 
 He sez some are fishin’ fer trouble
     An’ others are fishin’ fer fame
 An’ the banks of life are alive with girls
     A-fishin’ to change their names.
 
 He sez the grafters are fishin’ fer suckers
     Newly weds are fishin’ fer bliss
 Ministers are fishin’ fer souls to save
     The lover to hook a kiss.
 
 He sez the vain ones are fishin’ fer compliments
     The bums are fishin’ fer booze
 The nabobs are fishin’ fer diamonds and things
     The poor fer food and shoes.
 
 He sez that we’re at it all of the time
     A-fishin’ fer what we wish
 So, when I’m not really a-fishin’ fer fish
     I’m fishin’ to fish fer fish.