“John Gilbert is de Boat”


"John Gilbert is de boat, di-de-o... Runnin' in the Cincinnati trade." Description of the boat's travels, her cargo, the crew. "You see dat boat a-comin', she's comin' round de bend, An' when she gits in, She'll be loaded down again"


Botkin reports (following Wheeler), "The _John Gilbert_ ran from Cincinnati to Florence, Alabama. She was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1881, and was named for Captain John Gilbert, of Evansville, Indiana, president of the Ohio and Tennessee River Packet Company." - RBW


  1. Lomax-FSNA 276, "John Gilbert is de Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. MWheeler, p. 43-46, "John Gilbert" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 574, "John Gilbert" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #10012
  5. BI, LoF276


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939
Found in: US(MW)