“The Jolly Shanty Boy”


Singer boasts of being a jolly (and jauntily dressed, if ragged) shanty boy, to whom women are always attracted. He sings, "For I don't care for rich or poor/I'm not for strife and grief/I'm ragged, fat and lousy, and/As tough as Spanish beef."

Supplemental text

Jolly Shanty Boy, The
  Partial text(s)

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The Gatineau Girls

From Edith Fowke, Lumbering Songs from the Northern Woods, #54, pp.190-191.
Collected from O. J. Abbott of Hull, Quebec, April 1960.

I am a jolly shantyboy, I love to sing and dance.
I wonder what my girl would say if she would see my pants.
Fourteen patches on the knees and sixteen on the stern,
I wear them when I'm in the woods, and home I do return.

  I'm on my jovial way, and I spend my money free.
  I have plenty, come and drink lager beer with me.

(2 additional stanzas)


  1. Beck 21, "The Jolly Shanty Boy" (1 text)
  2. Fowke-Lumbering #54, "The Gatineau Girls" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST Be021 (Partial)
  4. Roud #4351
  5. BI, Be021


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Found in: US(MW) Canada(Ont)