Lukey's Boat

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Penned originally by Virtue Kean and popularized by John White with The Ray Walsh Band and, then, Anita Best and Pamela Morgan (Figgy Duff). More recently the band Great Big Sea has recorded the song as "Lukey".

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Lukey's Boat

Composed by Virtue Kean

Lukey's boat is painted green, aha, me boys,
Lukey's boat is painted green,
The prettiest little boat you ever seen.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Lukey's boat got a fine fore cutty, aha, me boys,
Lukey's boat got a fine fore cutty,
And every seam is chinked with putty.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Lukey's boat got high stop sails, aha, me boys,
Lukey's boat got high stop sails,
And she was planched with copper nails.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

I think, says Lukey, I'll make her bigger, aha, me boys,
I think, says Lukey, I'll make her bigger,
I'll load her down with a one claw jigger.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Lukey's rolling out his grub, aha, me boys,
Lukey's rolling out his grub,
One split pea in a ten pound tub.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Aha, says Lukey, the blinds are down, aha, me boys,
Aha, says Lukey, the blinds are down,
Me wife is dead and underground.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

Aha, says Lukey, I don't care, aha, me boys,
Aha, says Lukey, I don't care,
I'll get me another in the spring of the year.
Aha, aha, me riddle I day.

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from Newfoundland Vinyl 3, released October 20, 2015

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