“Captain Burke”


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


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

Cross references

  • cf. "By the Lightning We Lost Our Sight" [Laws K6]


  1. Laws K5, "Captain Burke"
  2. Creighton-NovaScotia 54, "Captain Burke" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Ranson, pp. 24-25, "The Blind Sailors" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT 556, CAPBURKE
  5. Roud #834
  6. BI, LK05


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: sailor storm disability
Found in: Canada(Mar) Ireland