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I'se the B'y
Traditional, Newfoundland Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Performed by Michael Mitchell


This song is available on Michael Mitchell's Canada is for Kids: Volume 1.

     The people of Newfoundland are fun-loving people who create wonderful songs about their everyday life. One of their most famous songs tells the story of a fisherman who goes out to catch fish and take them home to his wife, Liza. They have a unique way of talking in Newfoundland and sometimes use words and phrases that you would never hear anywhere else in the world.

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 them home to Liza

Hip your partner Sally Thibeau
Hip your partner Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour
All around the circle

Sods and rinds to cover the flake
Cake and tea for supper
Codfish in the spring of the year
Fried in maggoty butter

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

I took Liza to a dance
Faith but she could travel
And every step that she did take
Was up to her knees in gravel

 

 

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Many thanks to Michael Mitchell for permission to publish these lyrics.
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