The title of this song is often given as some variant of "Across the Western Ocean", but the melody is distinct from Across the Western Ocean.
Grog originally referred to the daily ration of rum afforded to sailors in the Royal Navy. It has since taken to mean any variety of alcoholic beverage.
Helen Creighton, in Songs and Ballads of Nova Scotia, records of her version:
It is quite possible that this song was composed for music-hall
entertainment by one who had knowledge of the sea. The chorus has
probably been borrowed from a genuine sea song. Both in words and music
this is faintly suggestive of The Little Old Shanty,
and is sung to the same air as the verse. Lomax (Cowboy Songs), pp.
187, 189, which in its turn is a parody of The Little old Log Cabin In
The Dubliners version reached No. 10 on the Irish charts in 1967.
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