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40                         The Play-Party in Indiana.
The following melody was very popular as a ''fiddler's tune" twenty years ago, but it differs very little from that of the play-party game.
Down the River.
A. W. Mason, Columbus, Ind.
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The river is up and the channel is deep, Goodby, a goodby,
The river is up and the channel is deep, Goodby Liza Jane.
This may be merely a stanza from "Black the Boots", but it has a game of its own.
The following variant comes from Jay County, Indiana, and was contributed by Mr. R. W. Stone. It is also a play-party song.
The river is up, and the channel is deep, And the waves go steady and strong, As we go 'long, as we go 'long, As we go marching along.
Down the river, oh down the river, Down the river we go, Down the river, oh down the river, Down the Ohio.
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