“Cotton's Patch (II)”


"We got up steam the ninth of March" to seek Cotton's patch. "Oh, didn't we ramble, scramble, But the devil a sign of Cotton's patch we found." After many ships seek in vain, the singer says the only patch they saw "was the patch on Tapper's trousers"


This is based on an incident of 1922, when Australian Sydney Cotton and Newfoundlander Sydney Bennett made a deal seek the "Main Patch" (main herd) of seals by air.

For the pilots' own search for the Patch, see "Cotton's Patch (I)" - RBW

Cross references


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 121, "Cotton's Patch (II)" (1 text)
  2. BI, RySm121


Author: presumably Johnny Burke
Earliest date: 1960 (Burke's Ballads)