Rubber Boots (Mark Hiscock) video
See also: Rubber Boots (Harry Hibbs)
And also: With Me Rubber Boots On (Dick Nolan)
And also: Rubber Boots (by son)
#1963: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

I'm a hardy old sailor from Newfoundland's shore,
I fish for me livin' on the wild Labrador;
Now the fishing's all over, me work is all done,
And I'm goin' out tonight with me rubber boots on.

So I ate up me supper and I shaved off me beard,
For courtin' indeed I was always highly prepared;
With the day's work all over and the night comin' on,
I remember that night with me rubber boots on.

So I knocked on her door and me knock it was low,
And out of her slumber me knock she did know;
She came to the door and said, "Is that ya, Tom?"
"Well it is, love," said I, "with me rubber boots on."

She opened the door and invited me in,
And up to her bedroom she invited me in;
She jumped on the bed with the blankets rolled on,
And I hopped in beside her with me rubber boots on.

Well, daylight next mornin' with the sun in the sky,
I turned to me true love to say goodbye;
She said, "Don't you leave me,
don't you know you done wrong,
Boy, you slept here all night
with your rubber boots on."

I turned to me true love with a wink and a smile,
Saying, "Nothing could happen
in such a short while;
Whatever I did, love, I did it for fun."
And I hopped out of bed with me rubber boots on.

It's been nine months later,
I was summoned to court,
Ten shillings a week I was fined for me sport;
Ten shillings a week from a fisherman's son,
I regretted that night with me rubber boots on.

Well, now I'm back fishin', I'm happy for sure,
I'll make them ten shillings on the wild Labrador;
And when he gets bigger I'll take 'long me son,
And he'll catch the codfish with his rubber boots on.
Yes, he'll catch the codfish with his rubber boots on.

####.... Fred Northcotte [1938-2010] of Coppett and Ramea Island, NL ....####
This variant was recorded by Mark Hiscock on compilation albums by various artists (Silly Songs, trk#1, 2008 CD); and (Our Songs, volume 4: Favourite Songs of Newfoundland Labrador, trk#1, 2007 CD) both from Avondale Music, St John's, NL, produced by Patrick Moran and recorded at Rabbit Sound).

See more songs by Mark Hiscock.

A variant was also recorded as Rubber Boots by his nibs, Harry Hibbs.

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

Another variant (by the father) was recorded as With Me Rubber Boots On by Dick Nolan (Welcome Aboard, trk#2, 1984, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario; and My East Coast, trk#2, 2001, Heritage Music, Scarborough, Ontario).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

Additional recordings were made by Baxter Wareham, Anita Best, Kelly Russell, Derek Pelley, and Sandy Morris of Bristol's Hope (Lately Come Over, Pigeon Inlet Productions, 1997 and Homebrew 5, Avondale Music).


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