“The Swiles of Newfoundland”


"Oh, the day we left St. John's, me b'ys, It was a very fine day! Our wives an' sweethearts on the quay Says they, ye'll understand." The singer complains about the bad conditions, but delights in killing "swiles [seals] in Newfoundland."


  1. Ryan/Small, p. 106, "The Swiles of Newfoundland" (1 text)
  2. BI, RySma106A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (England, Vikings of the Ice)
Keywords: hunting hardtimes