#00954
Lukey (Great Big Sea) video
See also: Lukey's Boat (Morgan and Best)
And also: Lukey's Boat (Gerald S Doyle)
#192: YouTube video by facinada
©2006 ~ Used with permission ~

Well, oh, Lukey's boat is painted green,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's boat is painted green,
The prettiest boat that you've ever seen,
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!

Well, oh, Lukey's boat's got a fine fore cutty,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's boat's got a fine fore cutty,
And every seam is chinked with putty,
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!

Well, I says, "Lukey, the blinds are down"
Ha, me boys!
I says, "Lukey, the blinds are down"
"Me wife is dead and she's underground"
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!

Well, "Aye," says Lukey, "I don't care"
Ha, me boys!
"Aye," says Lukey, "I don't care,
I'll get me another in the spring of the year"
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!

Oh, Lukey's rolling out his grub,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's rolling out his grub,
One split pea and a ten pound tub,
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!

Well, Lukey's boat's got high-topped sails,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's boat's got high-topped sails,
The sheet was planted with copper nails,
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!

Lukey's boat is painted green,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's boat is painted green,
It's the prettiest boat that you've ever seen,
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys, a-riddle-i-day!

####.... Virtue Marie (Hann) Kean [1858-1929] of Cape Cove and Brookfield, NL. See notes on authorship below ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Great Big Sea (Up, trk#8, 1995; WEA, Scarborough, Ontario, distributed by Warner Music Canada, produced and engineered by Danny Greenspoon, and recorded at the Battery and at The Nickel in St John's, NL); and (Road Rage, trk#11, 2000, Tidewater USA, Cambridge, Massachusetts, distributed by Rounder Records).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

Great Big Sea also teamed up with The Chieftains and friends to create the lively music video variant of this song in the video above.

The original lyrics to this song were published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second Edition, p.71, 1940; Third edition, p.40, 1955). 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 the words were obtained.

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 of the 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, ah ha, me b'ys,
Aunt Virtue Kean she wrote this song,
Up with the doctors all night long!
Ah ha, ah ha, me riddle I day!


line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here