“Bob Vail Was a Butcher Boy”


Bob Vail is a butcher who would "rather fight than eat." He is bald on top and uses marrow to grease his hair. He courts Codfish Lize. When he asks her to marry "Her teeth fell out and she lost her wig"

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Bob Vail Was a Butcher Boy
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From Helen Creighton, Folksongs from Southern New Brunswick,
#67, p. 148. Collected from William Ireland, Elgin, N.B.

Now old Bob Vail was a butcher boy
And he sold all kinds of meat,
He was a real old sport from the toes clean up
And he'd rather fight than eat.

(4 additional stanzas)


  1. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 67, "Bob Vail Was a Butcher Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrSNB067 (Partial)
  3. Roud #2760
  4. BI, CrSNB067


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Creighton-SNewBrunswick)
Keywords: courting humorous hair
Found in: Canada(Mar)