#01747
I'se The B'y (Gerald S Doyle) sheet music, MIDIs, video

See also: I'se The B'y That Builds The Boat (G Bok)

And 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 Da B'y (Shanneyganock)

And also: I's The B'y (Great Big Sea)

And also: I'se Da B'y (Dick Nolan - Disco Variant)

sheet music

#2524: YouTube video by SonOfLabrador
℗2010 ~ 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 !
I'se the b'y that catches the fish
And takes '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,
Cod-fish 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
That's no good for winter;
I can buy as good as that
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
And faith but she could travel
And every step that she did 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 !

####.... Author unknown. Original Newfoundland song ....####
Published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (3rd Ed, p.30, 1955).

The video above features an instrumental variant recorded by Junior Walsh, singer, songwriter and musician from Marystown, NL.


See more Junior Walsh songs.

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 cooperation from the Gerald S Doyle Song Book where these lyrics were obtained.

This is one of many variants based on a song collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock 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, Vol 1, p.64, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

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

A variant was recorded by Rankin Street Pre-GBS as I'm TheB'y (Rankin Street Tape - Live At The Blarneystone cassette, 1991, trk#9).


See more Great Big Sea songs.

Ryan's Fancy was recorded live performing I'se The Bye at The Black Knight Lounge in Halifax, NS, by Jack Hutchinson and George Taylor (An Irish Night At The Black Knight Lounge, 1971, trk#1, Marathon Music Incorporated, Scarborough, ON). That same variant was independently produced as a studio recording by Ryan's Fancy (Times To Remember, 1973, trk#1, Audat Records, Oshawa, ON).

See more Ryan's Fancy songs.

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 Gordon Bok songs.

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

See more Dick Nolan songs.

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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