Full Loads to the Sealers

DESCRIPTION: "And here's grand success to the sealers, The pride of our city and town, Who face the doghood on the ocean, And with bat like heroes knock down." The singer bids success to the sealers and hopes they have happy reunions at home
AUTHOR: Johnny Burke
EARLIEST DATE: 1960 (Burke's Ballads)
KEYWORDS: hunting reunion
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Ryan/Small, p. 122, "Full Loads to the Sealers" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Johnny Burke (William J. Kirwin, editor), _John White's Collection of Johnny Burke Songs_, Harry Cuff Publications, St. John's, 1981, #68, p. 107, "FUll Loads to the Sealers" (1 text)

NOTES [103 words]: Most of Burke's songs are intended to be sung to a traditional tune. This particular text fits many melodies, and doesn't have the hints of parody found in many Burke pieces. It fits "Rosin the Beau," for instance. But I have this feeling it's sung to "The Badger Drive" (which, admittedly, is close to "Rosin").
The piece refers to "you sons of bold Neptune." Is this Neptune the god of the sea, or the sailing ship Neptune? I would have guessed the former, but the Burke/Kirwin text italicizes the name, which implies the ship. If so, you can find more about the ship in the entry on "Neptune, Ruler of the Sea." - RBW
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