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Music of the Waters.               55
1.  As I was going out one day, down by the
Clarence Dock, Chorus.—Heave away, my Johnny, heave away.
As I was going out one day, down by the
Clarence Dock, Chorus.—Hand away, my jolly boys, we're all bound to
2.   I overheard an emigrant conversing with Tap
Scott,1 I overheard an emigrant conversing with Tap Scott.
3.  " Good-morning, Mr. Tap Scott." " Good
morning, sir," said he. " Have you got any ships bound for New York, in the States of Amerikey ? "
4.  " Oh, yes ! I have got packet-ships. I have got
one or two, I've got the Josey Walker, besides the Kangaroo.
5.   I've got the Josey Walker, and on Friday she
will sail, With all four hundred emigrants, and a thou­sand bags o' mail."2
6.  Now I am in New York, and I'm walking
through the street, With no money in my pockets, and scarce a bit to eat.
7.  Bad luck to Josey Walker, and the day that
she set sail ! For them sailors got drunk, broke into my bunk, and stole out all my meal.3
1  Tap Scott, a famous emigration agent.
2  " Meal," not " Mail."
3  Sufficient provocation to justify this outburst in rhyme.

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