#02445
I'se Da B'y (Shanneyganock) MIDIs, video
See also: I'se Da B'y (Dick Nolan's Disco Variant)
And also: I's The B'y That Builds The Boat (Peacock)
And also: I'se The B'y That Builds The Boat (G Bok)
And also: I'se The B'y (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)
#745: YouTube video by malone182
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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For... I's da b'y that builds the boat,
[Audience] And I's da b'y that sails her,
I's da b'y that catched the fish,
[Audience] And brings 'em home to Lizer.

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

Sods and rinds to cover your flake,
Cake and tea for supper;
Codfish 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.

We don't want yer maggoty fish,
That's no good for winter;
I can buy as good as that,
Way 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;
Every step that she did take,
Was up to 'er skirt in dirt.

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

Susan White she's out o' sight,
Her petticoat needs a border;
Old Sam Olivers in the night,
Kissed 'er in the corner.

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

Oh, me mudder, may I go out?
Yes, me darling daughter;
Tuck your petticoat under your skirt,
And don't go near the water.

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

[Spoken]
Here we go, guys, all by yourselves....

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

Oh, hip yer partner Sally Tibbo,
[Audience] Hip yer partner Sally Brown,
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour,
[Audience] All around the circle.

I's da b'y that builds the boat,
I's da b'y that sails her,
I's da 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.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional Newfoundland song ....####
This is one of many variants based on a song collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1951 from P Lloyd Soper [1920-2009] and Robert F (Bob) MacLeod [1908-1981] of St John's, NL, as I's The B'y That Builds The Boat and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, p.64, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

This variant was arranged and recorded by Shanneyganock (Live At O'Reilly's. Vol.1, trk#13, April 19-22, 2000, Independent St John's, NL).


See more songs by Shanneyganock.

Ryan's Fancy was recorded live performing I'se The Bye 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). That same variant was also produced as a studio recording by Ryan's Fancy (Times To Remember, trk#1, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

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

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


See more songs by Great Big Sea.

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.

A variant was also 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.

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.



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