Judy Cook, Folksinger

The Boaster

Source: Andy Wallace and Hal Cannon

Notes: I only sing nine selected verses of this song. "At one point I ran into sheet music for the original Boaster. It > was a Tin Pan Alley song from the around 1900. I cannot find the link > to the sheet music. I spent some time looking the other day searching > for other titles like, “Gay Paree,” or “I’ve been to Gay Paree,” but > just cannot locate it. > > We learned it from the singing of Effie Carmack who was a performer of > folk songs back in the 40s and 50s at Knotts Berry Farm in California. > The song was recorded, as I remember, by Austin and Alta Fife, great > folklorists at Utah State University. I put the original song out on > an album of field recordings from Utah called the New Beehive Songster > Vol. 1. You might be able to still find a copy of this LP somewhere. [Hal Cannon 11/26/2019]