Lots Of Fish In Bonavist' Harbour


'Lots of fish in Bonavist' Harbour
Lots of fish right in around here
Boys and girls are fishin' together
Forty-five from Carbonear.

Oh... catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Swing around this one, dance around she
Catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Diddle dum this one, diddle dum dee.

Uncle George got up in the morning
He got up in a hell of a tear
'Ripped the seat right out of his britches
Now he's got ne'er pair to wear.

Oh... catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Swing around this one, dance around she
Catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Diddle dum this one, diddle dum dee.

Sally's the pride of Cat Harbour
She ain't been swung since 'way last year
Drinkin rum and wine and cassie
What the boys brought home from St. Pierre.

Oh... catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Swing around this one, dance around she
Catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Diddle dum this one, diddle dum dee.

Sally's got a bouncin' new baby
Father said that he didn't care
For she got that from the feller from Fortune
What was down here fishin' the year.

Oh... catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Swing around this one, dance around she
Catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Diddle dum this one, diddle dum dee.

Sally goes to Church every Sunday
Not for to sing nor for to hear
But to see the feller from Fortune
What was down here fishin' the year.

Oh... catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Swing around this one, dance around she
Catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Diddle dum this one, diddle dum dee.

There's lots of fish in Bonavist' Harbour
Lots of fishermen in around here
Swing your partner, Jimmy Joe Jacobs
I'll be home in the spring o' the year.

Oh... catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Swing around this one, dance around she
Catch ahold this one, catch ahold that one
Diddle dum this one, diddle dum dee.

I'se The B'y That Builds The Boat


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 Lizer.

Hip yer partner, Sally Tibbo'
Hip yer partner, Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour
All around the circle!

Sods and rinds to cover your flake
Cake and tea for supper
Codfish in the spring o' the year
Fried in maggoty butter.

Hip yer partner, Sally Tibbo'
Hip yer partner, Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour
All around the circle!

I don't want your maggoty fish
That's no good for winter
I could buy as good as that
Down in Bonavista.

Hip yer partner, Sally Tibbo'
Hip yer partner, Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Morton'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, Morton's Harbour
All around the circle!

Susan White, she's out of sight
Her petticoat wants a border
Old Sam Oliver in the dark
He kissed her in the corner.

Hip yer partner, Sally Tibbo'
Hip yer partner, Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour
All around the circle!










Midi sequenced by Barry Taylor

Notes on "I'se The B'y That Builds The Boat"
The seagoing life of fishermen living in the tiny, isolated villages along Newfoundland's rugged coast is reflected in many of the songs that comefrom our easternmost province. "I'se The B'y That Builds The Boat" was made up by men who built and sailed their fishing schooners from secluded outports just like Fogo, Twillingate and Moreton's Harbour. This lively dance ditty has always been one of Newfoundland's favorite sea songs. Its popularity spread to the rest of Canada when musicologist, teacher and choirmaster Dr. Leslie Bell heard it in Newfoundland in the 1950s, and his Leslie Bell Singers recorded it. From its founding in 1939 until Dr. Bell's death in 1962, this Canadian all-girl choir was well known through its radio broadcasts, some 20 recordings and concert tours throughout Canada and the United States.

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