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Music of the Waters.                   21
in a sailor ; but from the frequency with which the fair sex was exhorted in song to ' hilo,' it is evident that it was held to be a peculiarly graceful act when executed by a young girl."
I have a song amongst my collection entitled " Tommy's gone to ' Hilo,'" which again upsets the theory that " hilo" was an active verb ; at least, in this instance, it rises to the dignity of a proper noun :—
On the whole, Reuben Ranzo's nautical career seems scarcely to have been a bed of roses. It is really much to be wondered at wherein the great fancy for this most ridicu­lous song lies. There is not one line of sense in the whole.
There is another topsail-yard chorus something like this :—
Solo.—There once was a family living on a hill,
And if they're not dead they're living there still. Chorus.—Up, up, my boys, up a hill; Up, up, my boys, up a hill.
And it is sung to the tune of " Blow the man down." Then there is the well-known topsail-halyard song, " Sally Racket," greatly used by the sailors when loading their ships with timber at Quebec. In this chanty some of the lines are much longer than others, and to any one not

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