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428 OUR FAMILIAR SONGS.
WEEL MAY THE KEEL ROW.
The Americanized chorus of this pretty little song—
Light may the boat row, the boat row, the boat row, Light may the boat row that my lad's in —
is exceedingly familiar, and the movement of the air is a popular favorite. The first stanza of the original song reads:
As I came thro' Laudgate, thro' Laudgate, thro' Laudgate, As I came thro' Laudgate, I heard a lassie sing, O, well, etc.
The tune is altered slightly from an old melody called " Smiling Polly."