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I's The B'y That Builds The Boat (Kenneth Peacock) w/video
See also: I'se The B'y That Builds The Boat (Gordon Bok)
And also: I'se The B'y (Collected by Gerald S. Doyle)
And also: I's The B'y (Great Big Sea)
And also: I'm The B'y (Rankin Street Tape Pre-GBS)
And also: I'se Da B'y (Dick Nolan - Disco Variant)
And also: I'se Da B'y (Shanneyganock)

          #105: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2008
                           ~ Used with permission ~

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I's the b'y that builds the boat,
I's the b'y that sails her,
I's the b'y that catches the fish
And brings 'em home to Lizer.

Hip yer partner Sally Tibbo,
Hip yer partner Sally Brown,
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour,
All around the circle.

Sods and rinds to cover the flake,
Tea and cakes for supper,
Flatfish in the spring of the year
Fried in maggoty butter.

Hip yer partner Sally Tibbo,
Hip yer partner Sally Brown,
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour,
All around the circle.

I don't want yer maggoty fish,
That's no good for winter,
I could buy as good as that
Down in Bonavista.

Hip yer partner Sally Tibbo,
Hip yer partner Sally Brown,
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour,
All around the circle.

I took Lizer to a dance,
Faith, but she could travel,
For every step that she did take
She was up to 'er knees in gravel.

Hip yer partner Sally Tibbo,
Hip yer partner Sally Brown,
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour,
All around the circle.

Susan White she's out of sight
Fixin' 'er petticoat border,
Sammy Oliver in the dark
He kissed 'er in the corner.

Hip yer partner Sally Tibbo,
Hip yer partner Sally Brown,
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour,
All around the circle.
####.... Author unknown. Original Newfoundland song. Collected in 1951 from Lloyd Soper and Bob MacLeod of St. John's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, p.64, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved ....####
The YouTube video above features a very similar variant recorded by Ryan's Fancy as I'se The Bye (Times To Remember, trk#1, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

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A variant was arranged and recorded as I's The B'y by Great Big Sea (Great Big Sea, 1993).

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A variant was also recorded Pre-GBS as I'm The B'y (Rankin Street Tape - Live At The Blarneystone, 1991).

A variant was recorded as I'se The B'y That Builds The Boat by Gordon Bok (North Wind's Clearing: Songs Of The Maine Coast, 1995)


See more songs by Gordon Bok.

Dick Nolan arranged a disco variant in 1980 as I'se Da B'y (Dick Nolan's Greatest Hits Of Newfoundland, trk# A1, 1980 LP, Starpak SK-134).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

Another variant was recorded by Shanneyganock as I'se Da B'y (Scallywags, 2002).

See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant was also published as I'se The B'y on p.22 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. Also published in Gerald S. Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Third edition, p.30, 1955)

From the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada we are told that although the song may have originated in the 1870s, probably in a Newfoundland fishing village, interest in I's The B'y did not spread outside Newfoundland until after the song was heard and transcribed by two researchers interested in Newfoundland's folk traditions, Kenneth Peacock and Gerald S. Doyle. Its melody and lyrics were transmitted throughout Canada in the songbook Folk Songs of Canada by Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston (1954), relying on Peacock's transcription. Teachers and students outside Newfoundland were eager to learn about the music of the newest province, which had joined Canada a mere five years earlier, and I's the B'y quickly became a favourite of classrooms and choirs across the country.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.

The YouTube video below features a performance of I'se The Bye by Ryan's Fancy recorded live at The Black Knight Lounge in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Jack Hutchinson and George Taylor (An Irish Night At The Black Knight Lounge, trk#1, 1971, Marathon Music Incorporated, Scarborough, Ontario).



         #751: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2009
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