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]