“Full Loads to the Sealers”


"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


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"). - RBW


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 122, "Full Loads to the Sealers" (1 text)
  2. BI, RySm122


Author: Johnny Burke
Earliest date: 1960 (Burke's Ballads)
Keywords: hunting reunion