Peter Went Fishing

As played by John Carson from the Georgia region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Deep South Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


78rpm Record


This transcription is sponsored by Dr. Fiddle contributor Patrick Towell.

This tune from Georgia fiddler John Carson features a repetitive, catchy melody interspersed with some doggerel lyrics. I don’t believe that the title Peter Went Fishing is a Biblical reference; the lyrics refer to Peter catching a “mud cat,” which is a fish that the Biblical Peter, being a Jew, would not eat.

Cross-tune to AEAE.


This tune is a member of the following groups:


Georgia Railroad/Peter Went Fishing

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