Gone Fishin' (song)

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Gone Fishin' is a song written by Nick and Charles Kenny and recorded by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong in 1951.[1][2]

The song was later recorded by Pat Boone, Gene Autry, The Manhattan Transfer and Arthur Godfrey with the Cherry Sisters.[3]

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.[4]


  1. ^ Karen S. Welborn (April 19, 2006). "Gone fishin' instead of just a-wishin'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
  2. ^ Jim McElhatton (Nov 3, 2002). "Quite a Character". The Press of Atlantic City 
  3. ^ "The Best Fishing Songs of All Time - 15. Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong (1951)- Gone Fishin'". Outdoor Life. Bonnier Corp. April 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Salkie, Raphael (26 July 2010). "On Going" (pdf). [-ing Forms and Nominalisations]. University College London. Retrieved 16 November 2011.