Come All You Tonguers

DESCRIPTION: "Come all you tonguers and land-loving lubbers, Here's a job cutting in and boiling down blubbers." The singer declares, "Go hang the Agent!" because "I am paid in soap, and sugar, and rum" for all his hard word as the Agent and Company get rich
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1967 (Bailey/Roth-ShantiesByTheWay-NZ); reportedly collected by John Leebrick in the 1920s
KEYWORDS: worker hardtimes whaler money
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Bailey/Roth-ShantiesByTheWay-NZ, p, 14, "Come All You Tonguers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colquhoun-NZ-Folksongs-SongOfAYoungCountry, p. 16, "Come All You Tonguers" (1 text, 1 tune) (p. 9 in the 1972 edition)
Garland-FacesInTheFirelight-NZ, p. 49, "Come All You Tonguers" (1 text)

NOTES [79 words]: Bailey and Roth explain this as a song of the shore whalers of the 1820s and 1830s. These whalers worked close to shore, but it was apparently their payment method resembled a company store: They "were paid their wages in goods which were marked against their account," so it was hard for them to leave the job.
Like the better-known "Davy Lowston," although this is considered a New Zealand song, it was collected by John Leebrick, who did his work in the United States. - RBW
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