The Herring Song


The Herring Song, also known as Bolliton Sands, The Red Herring and Jolly red herring is a folk-song (Roud 128) found in various forms and believed to be associated with the once-thriving herring-fishing industry in the North Sea.[1] Several different variants of the song are known.[2] A version of "The Red Herring" which was collected at South Zeal is included in the Baring-Gould manuscripts.[3]


  1. ^ *The Red Herring
  2. ^ Alfred Williams (1923), Folk-songs of the Upper Thames
  3. ^ Reeves, James (1960) The Everlasting Circle. London: Heinemann; pp. 219-20

External links

  • Folk Song Information: Jolly red herring
  • The Red Herring