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Music of the Waters.                    15
meaningless, but the song is the sighing of the wind and the throbbing of the restless ocean translated into melody :—
Much care was evidently given to " Lowlands" by the chanty-men. It has often been improved. In its original form the first chorus was shorter and less striking, and the words of the second chorus were, " My dollar and a half a day."
Solo.—Lowlands, Lowlands, away, my John. Chorus.—My dollar and a half a day.
Solo.—I took up my clothes and I went away. Chorus. — Lowlands, Lowlands, a-ray. Of the same general character as " Lowlands," though in­ferior to it, is the song that was usually known as "Across the Western Ocean." There are several variations of the second chorus, none of which could be called improvements.

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