As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Somethings Fishy (4) – Gone Fishin’

There are two very important people in my life who were born in March and fall under the Pisces sign. As you may know, the symbol of Pisces is the fish. So, I thought it would be nice to do a series of posts about fishes during the month of March. So from Monday, March 12th to Saturday the 17th, I will be sharing with you “Somethings Fishy”, a little tribute to my Dad – Gerry and my sister Edna – here’s to you, my dear Pisceans!

‘Gone Fishin’
found metals sculpture
by Paulina Constancia
Today I share with you an artwork that I made using junk metal which I called ‘Gone Fishin’, named after the song that Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong popularized in the 50’s.Let’s look into the origin and meaning of the expression as well.
Gone Fishin’-The Song 
(Source: Wikipedia)
Gone Fishin’ is a song written by Nick and Charles Kenny and recorded by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong in 1951.
The song was later recorded by Pat Boone, Gene Autrey, The Manhattan Transfer and Arthur Godfrey with the Cherry Sisters.
The song title, and its usage within the lyrics, are an example of the use of the verb ‘to go’ together with the gerund of a verb which is a leisure activity or, as in this case, the meaning of the verb as a leisure activity is understood.
Watch a  “Gone Fishin” video
with fishing-themed images
and the song of Bing & Louis in the background

Meaning of the Phrase

(Source:The Phrase Finder)
Meaning of the phrase “gone fishing” or its origin. Does it just mean gone out for a while or has it another meaning as well?

It was a song sung by Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby in the 50s. It signified a way of getting away from the hundrum, routine of life and doing something interesting!
Whether the title was original, or used a recognised phrase, I know not. Others may.

I don’t know for sure. But I am guessing that its origin is the sign “Gone fishing” that a shopkeeper, etc., puts on his door. And its meaning is — I am taking a little break from the normal routine.

The sign suggestion certainly fits very well with the lyric – ‘there’s a sign upon my door – gone fishing’. Surely the origin?


Give a man a fish 
and you feed him for a day; 
teach a man to fish 
and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Read more Fish quotes

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