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Lukey's Boat (Virtue Kean) w/lyrics, MIDIs, chords & videos
See also: Lukey's Boat (Pamela Morgan and Anita Best)
And also: Lukey (Great Big Sea)

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O, Lukey's boat is painted green,
Aha, me b'ys,
O, Lukey's boat is painted green,
The prettiest little boat you ever seen.
Aha me riddle I day.

O, Lukey's boat got a fine fore cutty,
Aha, me b'ys,
O, Lukey's boat got a fine fore cutty,
And every seam is chinked with putty.
Aha me riddle I day.

Lukey's boat got a high stopped jib,
Aha, me b'ys,
Lukey's boat got a high stopped jib,
And a patent block to her foremast head.
Aha me riddle I day.

"I think," said Lukey, "I'll make her bigger."
Aha, me b'ys,
"I think," said Lukey, "I'll make her bigger,
I'll load her down with a one-claw jigger."
Aha me riddle I day.

"And now," said Lukey, "get aboard your grub."
Aha, me b'ys,
"And now," said Lukey, "get aboard your grub;
One split pea and a ten-pound tub."
Aha me riddle I day.

Lukey's rolling out his grub,
Aha, me b'ys,
Lukey's rolling out his grub,
A barrel and a bag and a ten-pound tub.
Aha me riddle I day.

When Lukey come around the bill,
Aha, me b'ys,
When Lukey come around the bill,
He spied his true love on the hill.
Aha me riddle I day.

And when he was coming around the cape,
Aha, me b'ys,
And when he was coming around the cape,
He spied old Jennie all on the flake.
Aha me riddle I day.

His wife was dead and in the grave,
Aha, me b'ys,
"O," said Lukey, "I don't care;
I'll have another in the spring of the year."
Aha me riddle I day.

####.... Virtue Kean. See notes on authorship below ....####
Published on p.71 of Old Time Songs and Poetry of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers, second edition, 1940 third edition, p.40, 1955, printed by the publishers of The Family Fireside for Gerald S. Doyle, St. John's. Doyle's variant noted that it came from Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland (Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968). It was collected in 1929 and published as #126 on pp.254-255. The air came from Mrs. Ira Yates, with words from her, Mr. Andrew Young, Mr. Roberts, and others in Twillingate.

Also published on pp.24-25 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co. Ltd., of St. John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S. Doyle Song Book from which these lyrics were obtained.

The YouTube video above features a variant recorded by John White of St. John's, NL (Voice Of Newfoundland / John White With The Ray Walsh Band, trk#2, 1966, International Artists, Toronto, Ontario).


See more songs by John White.

A variant for duet was arranged and recorded as Lukey's Boat by Pamela Morgan and Anita Best on a compilation album of various artists (Another Time : The Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#9, 1991 CD, Pigeon Inlet Productions, St. John's, NL, produced by Kelly Russell and Don Walsh, and recorded at Dadyeen Studios, St. John's, NL).

See more songs by Pamela Morgan.

See more songs by Anita Best.

The following notes were derived from a former Internet site copyrighted by the owner of Norton's Cove Studio, Janet Davis, who was presented a Southcott Award by The Newfoundland Historic Trust in June of 2003 in recognition for her restoration of the Job Kean Shop in Brookfield, NL:
As a sealing family, the Keans are the most famous in Newfoundland. Captain Job Kean and his wife, Virtue Marie Hann who was born in Cape Cove, NL, in 1858, constructed the general store around 1890. Kean was an active businessman in the community, owning eight vessels, mastering several of his ships to the ice during the seal hunt in the spring or to the coast of Labrador to fish for cod in the summer.

Kean's General Store was a centre for commerce in the Brookfield area. It was located near the harbour front so Kean's ships had easy access to the store when they arrived in port with supplies and merchandise. Kean also supplied other sailing vessels in the area, operated a telegraph and post office on the premises, and supplied dry goods to Brookfield Cottage Hospital. The Keans were greatly responsible for the creation of the hospital as well. The first hospital telephone, it is said, was installed in the residence of Job and Virtue Kean because many doctors arriving in Brookfield resided with the Kean family.

'Aunt' Virtue Kean, as she is known locally, is responsible for writing the folk song Lukey's Boat sometime before her death in 1929. According to local legend, she performed this song at a concert held at the church hall in Brookfield, making fun of a local resident, Lukey Gaulton. After several verses poking fun at this man's boat, his thrifty supplies, and immoral marriage practices, the crowd was roaring with laughter. However, the height of the performance came when Lukey himself jumped up on stage and added this verse to Aunt Virtue's song:
Aunt Virtue Kean she wrote this song, aha, me b'ys,
Aunt Virtue Kean she wrote this song,
Up with the doctors all night long!
Aha, aha, me riddle I day!
From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Cuddy - cupboard in the front of the boat where the grub-keg was kept.
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore; fish-flake.
Grub - in designations of containers for food carried into the woods, fishing or at the seal hunt: ~ bag, ~ keg, ~ tub.
Grub Tub - 221 lb. butter tub for storing food when at sea.
One-Claw Jigger - type of fishing-hook with a single barb, used without bait.

From Dictionary.com:
Bill - beaklike promontory or headland.

Notes:
¹ 'High-stopped' jib, as suggested in the Folk And Traditional Music site, could be a misunderstanding of the term 'hoist-up' jib which is a triangular sail hoisted on the headstay (the line from the bow or bowsprit to the top of the mast).
² Patent block is a patented system of hoist pulleys used for raising sails.
³ Foremast head is the top of the forward mast of a two or more masted vessel.

The YouTube video below features a performance of a variant arranged by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.



             #292: YouTube video by BardofCornwall ©2011
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All guitar tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent their interpretation of the tune. We are unable to verify their accuracy.

[G] Lukey's boat is [C] painted green, [G] aha, my boys,
[G] Lukey's boat is [C] painted green;
The [G] prettiest little boat you [D] ever seen,
[G] Aha, me [C] boys, a [D] riddle I [G] day.





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