The Fisherman and the Sprat

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lyrics

Just about every day, a fisherman cast out and prayed
for his net to bring home what was maybe much of a catch to be food or pay.

He pulled up the rope to reveal draining mesh,
with hope many fish would be found.
When only a sprat had remained in the net,
flip flopping flapping made sound.

The poor little fish thought she'd hardly be missed,
so tried to use words as her sword,
she took a step back as she so kindly slashed wary weapons of pleas she implored,

"In my future I'll grow to be large,
though not if the sea is so far.
I'm sure to be here to reward your deed,
to benefit you if I'm freed."

The fisherman thought for a second, and only one second if that,
with only this fish for the afternoon, he'd be troubled to give up the catch.
"So, you're in a pinch, but how about this,
I've fished many hours, and what for?
If I would unshackle your scaly soul,
I'd surely look back to deplore."

Swiftly disarmed, she was then carried off to be dinner on somebody's plate.
With such a short life, she had started and ceased to resent going under the blade.
The fish could have lived to embetter the world, But, not every man has remorse.
The fisherman didn't care much in this case, of course some men close too many doors.

credits

from The Fabulist, released July 10, 2014
Jeffrey Popiel - Classical Guitar, 6-string Baritone Ukulele, Tuba, Narrator and Fisherman Vocals
Stephanie Unverricht - Sprat Vocals

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Juniperus Saskatchewan

In 2013, Jeffrey Popiel began a solo project titled 'Juniperus'. His inspired originals have more recently taken on a new life with the pursuit of ÆSOP's Fables. While these new 'fable songs' reside in the realm of folk, they present themselves in a diverse way, by using distinct voicing for each character, and swaying between genres, such as ambient folk, quirky pop, and folky blues. ... more

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