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Music of the Waters.               37
I have only the tune and two lines of the ballad of "Jean Francois," or as Jack has it, "Johnny Franswaw." It is a pulling song :
The following is a windlass song, in which the expression "hi-lon-day " occurs. Some say this should be interpreted " Allan Dale," but there seems nothing to warrant this idea. It strikes me that the pumping chorus I before alluded to, " Highland Day and off she goes," may be more likely " Hi-lon-day and off she goes," at least in nautical correctness.







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