Music Of The Waters - online book

Sailors' Chanties, Songs Of The Sea, Boatmen's, Fishermen's,
Rowing Songs, & Water Legends with lyrics & sheet music

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1G               Music of the Waters.
Sometimes the anchor comes up to a fierce chorus com­pounded of improvised abuse of the ship and captain. " Old Stormy " is a mythical character often mentioned in sailors' songs. Who Stormy was, and why he received that evident nickname, even the most profound and learned chanty-men always confessed themselves unable to explain. The oldest of these songs is rather the best of them. The second one contains a hint of decidedly negro origin in the word " Massa," and suggests that perhaps the legend of " Stormy" is an African rather than a nautical myth.
This is a great favourite, and often sung after a gale of wind. •
Solo.—Old Storm Along is dead and gone, Chorics.—Ay ! ay ! ay ! Mr. Storm Along !

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