#03163
Lukey's Boat (Morgan and Best) video
See also: Lukey's Boat (Gerald S Doyle)
And also: Lukey (Great Big Sea)
#1872: YouTube video by MyMoppet52
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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

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

Lukey's boat got high stop sails,
aha, me boys,
Lukey's boat got high stop sails,
And she was planched with copper nails.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

I think, says Lukey, I'll make her bigger,
aha, me boys,
I think, says Lukey, I'll make her bigger,
I'll load her down with a one claw jigger.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Lukey's rolling out his grub,
aha, me boys,
Lukey's rolling out his grub,
One split pea in a ten pound tub.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Aha, says Lukey, the blinds are down,
aha, me boys,
Aha, says Lukey, the blinds are down,
Me wife is dead and underground.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Aha, says Lukey, I don't care,
aha, me boys,
Aha, says Lukey, I don't care,
I'll get me another in the spring of the year.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

####.... Virtue Marie (Hann) Kean [1858-1929] of Cape Cove and Brookfield, NL. See authorship notes below ....####
This duet was arranged and recorded by Pamela Morgan and Anita Best from 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.

A variant was published as Lukey's Boat 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).

A variant was arranged and recorded as Lukey 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.

The notes below 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!


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