I'ze the B'y that Builds the Boat

DESCRIPTION: "I'ze the b'y that builds the boat, And I'ze the b'y that sails her; I'ze the b'y that catches the fish And takes 'em home to Liza." Stories of a Newfoundland life and diet -- and of the odd things that can happen at a Newfoundland party
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (Peacock)
KEYWORDS: nonballad ship sailor
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf) US(NE)
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Fowke/Johnston, pp. 116-117, "I'se the B'y that Builds the Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/MacMillan 43, "I'se the B'y that Builds the Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, p. 64, "I's the B'y That Builds the Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle3, p. 30, "I'se The B'y" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle4, p. 28, "I'se The B'y" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle5, p. 27, "I'se The B'y" (1 text, 1 tune)
Blondahl, pp. 40-41, "I'se the B'y" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 78, "I'ze the Bye" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 129, "I'se The B'y" (1 text)
DT, ISTHEBY*

Roud #4432
RECORDINGS:
Lloyd Soper and Bob McLeod, "I's the B'y That Builds the Boat" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
NOTES: Gordon Bok reports the following anecdote:
"A friend of mine came back from fishing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and he told me he was sitting in a bar in Cornerbrook when the fellow beside him punched him in the arm and said, 'How do you kill a Newfoundlander?'
"My friend says: 'I dunno.'
"The fellow says, 'You nail his boots to the floor and play "I'ze the B'y."'" - RBW
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File: FJ116

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