“Lukey's Boat”


A song describing Lukey and his boat. The boat is "painted green... the finest boat you've ever seen," etc. Lukey observes that his wife is dead, but "I don't care; I'll get another in the fall of the year."

Supplemental text

Lukey's Boat
  Partial text(s)

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From Edith Fulton Fowke, editor, and Richard Johnston, music editor,
Folk Songs of Canada (first edition), pp. 46-47. A composite version.

Oh, Lukey's boat is painted green,
  A-ha, me b'ys!
Oh, Lukey's boat is painted green,
The finest boat you've ever seen,
  A-ha, me riddle-I-day!

Oh, Lukey's boat got a fine fore cutty,
  A-ha, me b'ys!
Oh, Lukey's boat got a fine fore cutty,
And every seam is chinked with putty,
  A-ha, me riddle-I-day!

(6 additional stanzas)


[According to Blondahl, Doyle attributes this to] Mr Roberts, and others, Mrs Ira Yates, Mr Andrew Young, Twillingate, 1929. - BS

Creighton's informants say that the subject of the song lived in Lunenburg. - RBW


  • Omar Blondahl, "Lukey's Boat" (on NFOBlondahl05)


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 126, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 46-47, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Doyle2, p. 71, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Doyle3, p. 40, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Blondahl, pp. 44-45, "Lukey's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Creighton-NovaScotia 127, "Loakie's Boat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. ST FJ046 (Partial)
  8. Roud #1828
  9. BI, FJ046


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Keywords: ship humorous nonballad
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)