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52                  Music of the Waters.
" Handy Jim/' a long-rope hauling chanty, I am told is a Portsmouth favourite :—
Solo.—" I'm Handy Jim from Caro-line, Chorus.—So handy, me boys, so handy."
(The chorus is throughout the same, and follows each line of the solo.)
Solo.—" I courted a girl named Sarah Jane, So handy, me boys, so handy. Sarah Jane was a kitchen maid, And ofttimes into her kitchen I strayed, And had a good blow-out of something hot. But one fine night, through my good luck, The missus came home—in the copper I got; But the missus had come the clothes for to wash. The fire being lit the copper got hot, And the missus she came to stir up the pot, And out I jumped, all smoking hot, The missus she fainted, and cried * Stop thief! ' But I was off like a shot of a gun.

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