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Music of theWaters.               33
" I wish I was old ' Ranzo's' son.",_ Chorus.—Ranzo, boys, Ranzo.
" I'd build a ship of a thousand ton ; I'd give my sailors plenty of rum} Old ' Ranzo ' was a good old man, But now old ' Ranzo's ' dead and gone, And none can sing his funeral song."
The next song, " Tommy's gone to Hilo," is one of the mournful style of chanties, with a very long dragging chorus.
Solo.—Tommy's gone, what shall I do ? Chorus.—Hurrah, Hilo.
Solo.—Tommy's gone, what shall I do ? Chorus.—Tom's gone to Hilo.
Solo.—To Liverpool, that noted school, To Liverpool, that noted school, Tommy's gone to Quebec town, Tommy's gone to Quebec town, There's pretty Sail and Jenny Brown, There's pretty Sail and Jenny Brown, A-dancing on that stony ground, A-dancing on that stony ground, Tommy's gone to Baltimore, A-rolling on the sandy floor, Tommy's gone to Mobille Bay, To roll down cotton all the day, He's gone away to Dixie's Land,
1 Truly " a fellow-feeling makes us wondrous kind." Old " Ranzo " is a personage that is not mentioned in other accounts of his son's life, but both pere et Jih appear to be personages in nautical history whom "not to know is to argue oneself unknown."
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