#02447
I'se The B'y (Great Big Sea) MIDIs, videos
See also: I'm The B'y (Rankin Street Tape Pre-GBS)
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'se Da B'y (Dick Nolan's Disco Variant)
And also: I'se Da B'y (Shanneyganock)
#425: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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I'se the b'y that builds the boat
And I'se the b'y that sails her,
And I'se 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, Mor'ton's Harbour,
All around the circle.

Sods and rinds to cover yer flake,
Cake and tea for supper;
Codfish in the spring o' the year,
Fried in maggoty butter.

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

I don't want your maggoty fish,
They're no good for winter;
Well, I can buy as good as that,
Way down in Bonavista.

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

I took Lizer to a dance,
Fast as she could travel;
And every step that she could take,
Was up to her knees in gravel.

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

Susan White she's out of sight,
Her petticoat wants a border;
Well, old Sam Oliver in the dark,
He kissed her in the corner.

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

I'se the b'y that builds the boat,
And I'se the b'y that sails her;
And I'se 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, Mor'ton's Harbour,
All around the circle.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####
This is one of many variants based on a song collected in 1951 from P Lloyd Soper [1920-2009] and Robert F (Bob) MacLeod [1908-1981] of St John's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock 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.

Both videos on this page feature an arrangement recorded by Great Big Sea (Great Big Sea, trk#7, 1983, NRA Productions, St John's, NL, distributed by Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, Ontario).

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.

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 independently 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 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).

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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).

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Another variant was published as I'se The B'y 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). It was also published 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.

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.


#1175: YouTube video by kashamuffin
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~


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