Whaling Song, A

DESCRIPTION: "When spring returns with western gales And gentle breeze sweep... We spread our sails" to hunt whales. The singer lists the lands they pass on their way north. They find and pursue a whale, which fights a long fight. "With joyful hearts we see her die"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1858 (Ricketson, A History of New Bedford, according to Huntington)
KEYWORDS: travel sailor whaler death
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Huntington-Gam, pp. 15-17, "A Whaling Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #27559
File: HGam015

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.