Captain Burke [Laws K5]

DESCRIPTION: The singer ships on Captain Burke's Caroline, carrying a cargo of slaves. Sent aloft to reef sail in a storm, he and three others are hit by lightning and lose their sight. The singer wishes he could return to sea
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
KEYWORDS: sailor storm disability
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar) Ireland
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Laws K5, "Captain Burke"
Creighton-NovaScotia 54, "Captain Burke" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ranson, pp. 24-25, "The Blind Sailors" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #834
cf. "By the Lightning We Lost Our Sight" [Laws K6]
NOTES [32 words]: Ranson's version makes the captain's name Gibson, the ship the Gallant, and [has] differences in wording that are strange but not strange enough to make me consider this not to be Laws K5. - BS
File: LK05

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