A loose retelling of the biblical Jonah story with a Newfoundland fisherman as the hero, this folksong seems to have been adapted from the New York music-hall song "Every Inch a Sailor." ...It was published by Greenleaf and Mansfield in Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland (Cambridge, Mass 1933) and recorded by Alan Mills on Folk Songs of Newfoundland (1953, Folkways FW-6931)...
taken from The Canadian Encyclopedia http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/emc/quotjack-was-every-inch-a-sailorquot
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