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24                Music of the Waters.
Chorus.—Pay me the money down. Solo & Chorus.—Money down, money down ; Pay me the money down.
It seems a very strange song for men so little given to avarice as sailors are. Their parting ceremony on embark­ing is usually to pitch their last shilling on to the wharf, to be scrambled for by the land-sharks. Nor yet does there seem much sense in it, but it serves to man and move the brakes merrily. The following tune is sometimes used for this chanty :—
There is a rollicking, lively chorus of—
Chorus.—Highland day and off she goes,
Off she goes with a flying foretopsail, Highland day and off she goes.
This is another favourite pumping song :—
Chorus.—Run, let the bull chimes run, Chorus.—We'll run,—
Solo.—Away to America. Chorus.—Way aha, way aha ! Way aha, way aha ! Chorus.—We'll pump her dry and get our grog.
Solo.—Run, let the bull chimes run.

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