“Hearts of Gold”


The sailor compares sea life with that on land. The landlubbers work at the plow, go home at night, and sleep with their wives; the sailors work all hours and face storms. The sailor declares his life is better, and tells the girls to appreciate it


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 68-70, "Hearts of Gold" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Colcord, p. 137, "Sailor's 'Come-All-Ye'" (1 text-quoted from Eckstorm & Smyth's "Minstrelsy of Maine")
  3. Harlow, pp. 219-222, "Edgartown Whaling Song" (1 text)
  4. Roud #2022
  5. BI, SWMS068


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1832 (Journal from the _Bengal_)
Found in: US(NE)