“The Swiler's Song”


"Rise up me hearties with gaff and sculp, With hobnail rope and line." The singer repeatedly encourages his comrades in their tasks as they hunt seals. He admits that "many a hearty swiler sleeps 'round the Funks and Baccalieu," but still urges them on

Cross references

  • cf. "The Sinking of the Caribou" (tune)


  1. Ryan/Small, pp. 144-145, "The Swiler's Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, RySm144


Author: Words: Pat Byrne
Earliest date: 1978 (Ryan/Small)
Keywords: hunting nonballad