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Gone Fishing is a song from the fourth series dedicated to people fishing and/or to the first series episode, Thomas Goes Fishing. It aired on TV in the US in the Shining Time Station spin-off, Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode Splish, Splash, Splosh in 1996.

Lyrics

Original version

Sometimes it's nice to take some time out
Do what you really want to do.
Just to relax and let the world fly by you.
Forget your worries, no need to hurry.
Just leave a sign to say...
Gone fishing, gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way
Gone fishing.
Gone fishing, Gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way.
Why don't we all go fishing?
You drop your line down to the river
Waiting to see what you can find.
Whatever life has to offer you.
You know you'll take it, stand up and face it
Smiling along the way...
Gone fishing, gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way
Gone fishing.
Gone fishing, Gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way.
Why don't we all go fishing?
There's nothing better on a sunny day
When all your work is done.
Throw down your line, settle down.
Surprise, surprise, look what you've found...
Gone fishing, gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way
Gone fishing.
Gone fishing, Gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way.
Why don't we all go fishing?
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way...
Gone fishing!

Short version

Sometimes it's nice to take some time out
Do what you really want to do.
Just to relax and let the world fly by you.
Forget your worries, no need to hurry.
Just leave a sign to say...
Gone fishing, gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way
Gone fishing.
Gone fishing, Gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way.
Why don't we all go fishing?
There's nothing better on a sunny day
When all your work is done.
Throw down your line, settle down.
Surprise, surprise, look what you've found...
Gone fishing, gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way
Gone fishing.
Gone fishing, Gone fishing.
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way.
Why don't we all go fishing?
It's a sunny old day and you're on your way...
Gone fishing!

Characters

Locations

Footage Used

Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Thomas Goes Fishing:
    • A deleted scene of the people fishing.
    • An alternate shot of the bucket being lifted up.
    • A deleted scene showing the carcass of Sir Topham Hatt's fish after he finishes his meal.
  • Percy's Promise:
    • An extended scene of Thomas passing the canal.
    • A deleted scene shows Thomas puffing past the coastal village while pulling Annie and Clarabel.
    • An extended beginning of Thomas traveling through the seaside cliffs.
    • A faded extended ending of Thomas going under the rock.
    • Thomas passing a small bridge with Annie and Clarabel.
  • Donald's Duck - An extended scene of Donald going through the countryside past the duckling.
  • Trust Thomas:
    • An extended faded beginning of Thomas crashing onto the jetty.
    • An alternate take of the jetty hitting the other side of the pond, causing the water to splash more violently.
    • An extended scene of Thomas sinking.
  • Thomas and Stepney:
    • An extended long-shot of Thomas puffing through the countryside.
    • An extended scene of Thomas puffing through the countryside with Annie and Clarabel.

Specially Shot Footage

The Music Video features scenes shot especially for the video, relating to the song.

  • Thomas stops at a small bridge, where his driver and fireman start to fish.
  • Thomas smiling at the end of the Harbour's quayside, while his driver and fireman are fishing on the barge.
  • Thomas puffing along the coast with Annie and Clarabel.
  • Various shots of a sign reading "Gone Fishing".

Trivia

  • A draft version of the song features Junior Campbell singing the two verses of the song with children singing the chorus and breakdown, an extended intro, and less instrument layering on the chorus. This can only be seen on Rusty to the Rescue and Other Thomas Stories and heard on Thomas' Songs & Roundhouse Rhythms. The 2020 re-release of the latter album features the normal version.
  • When this song aired on the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Splish, Splash, Splosh in 1996, the first chorus and the second verse were skipped.
  • The Norwegian version has a completely different musical arrangment and is in a different key.
  • The Japanese version only has one singer.
  • The version featured on the official YouTube channel removes the instrumental before the first verse.
  • This is the only song in the fourth series where the title card was not shown in the opening theme.

Goofs

  • During the line "Surprise Surprise" the lyrics fade out too early.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese さかなつり
Korean 낚시를 떠나요
Latin American Spanish De pesca
Norwegian Er ute og fisker

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