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Origins: Mind the Light, Kate

28 Oct 18 - 09:53 PM (#3958988)
Subject: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: GUEST,Siochain

I have a friend who sings a song about (I presume) Kate Gortler Walker, lighthouse keeper of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse from 1886 to 1919.

The song's chorus, as she sings it:

Mind the light, Kate, mind the light,
Keep us protected through the night,
As long as it is burning, everything will be all right,
Mind the light, Kate, mind the light.

Although she learned the lyrics and the melody, she was not able to learn the song's writer.

Anyone here have more information about this song?


31 Oct 18 - 07:21 PM (#3959479)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: GUEST

Bumped in hopes someone might see and respond!


01 Nov 18 - 11:53 PM (#3959644)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: EBarnacle

Send me a PM and I will put you in touch with the author. He is a regular at the monthly Snug Harbor Chantey Sing. [Every third Thursday of the month, from 2 to 5 PM]


02 Nov 18 - 10:43 PM (#3959811)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: EBarnacle

I just realized that you are a guest and cannot PM. Email me at ericprussell@hotmail.com and I will put you in touch with him.


03 Nov 18 - 01:48 AM (#3959814)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: Joe Offer

EBarnacle, could you ask the writer if he/she might like to post the lyrics?

I found a page on the Lighthouses of Staten Island. It says that Kate's husband John was appointed keeper of the Robbins Reef light in 1883. John's last words before he died of pneumonia in 1883 were, "Mind the light, Kate" - which she did until she retired in 1919.

I've spent a number of days exploring these and other lighthouses of New York Harbor. There's a lot of 'em. My favorite is the double lighthouse at Navesink, at the entrance to the harbor. I could see eight lighthouses from the top of Navesink Light.

-Joe-


02 Jul 19 - 08:08 PM (#3998947)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: GUEST,Brita

I found a recording of the song here:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=323061768137876


12 Aug 19 - 07:39 PM (#4004346)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: GUEST,Bryndis

Here's a link to where you can buy Bob Wright's excellent album Harbortown, which has the song Kate Walker on it:

https://bobwright-harbortown.com/track/kate-walker


12 Aug 19 - 10:05 PM (#4004359)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mind the Light, Kate
From: GUEST,Starship

Bill Black from Falmouth, MA has written a song called KATIE MIND THE LIGHT! (The Ballad of Katie Walker)

http://sailnortheast.com/Sp99articles/mtl.html