DESCRIPTION: "I must go up to the ice again, To the fields of purest white." The singer, though his hair has turned white, still hears the call of the seal, and will return to the work even though the pay is small, the cold terrible, and the comforts few
AUTHOR: Solomon Samson ?
EARLIEST DATE: 1962 (A Glimpse of Newfoundlad in Poetry and Pictures)
KEYWORDS: hunting ship travel work nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Ryan/Small, p. 14, "The Sealer's Call" (1 text)
NOTES [47 words]: Not traditional that I can tell, and not a song either. Just one of those things editors inflict upon songbooks.
This seems clearly based on John Masefield's "Sea Fever" ("I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and sky"), which has inspired other localizations as well. - RBW
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