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Sailors' Chanties, Songs Of The Sea, Boatmen's, Fishermen's,
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Music of the Waters.
One of the best and jolliest quick-time songs, and cer­tainly one of the most well-known, is " Blow the Man Down." It is very tuneful, and though, perhaps, the words are scarcely to be admired, still it is a genuine chanty, and has a verve and vigour about it that speak of its value as an incentive to the labour of hoisting the topsail-yards or any other hauling work :—
Solo.—As I was a-walking down Winchester Street— Heigh-ho, blow the man down ; A pretty young girl I happened to meet, Oh, give me some time to blow the man down. Chorus—So we'll blow the man up, and we'll blow the man down, Heigh-ho, blow the man down.

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