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What is the new tune that everyone is singing?

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In chapter 4 of part 2, Winston waits for Julia in the rented apartment above Mr. Charrington's shop and overhears a huge prole woman singing in the courtyard as she pegs diapers on a clothesline. The robust woman is singing a new popular tune produced for the proles by a sub-section of the Music Department. In Oceania, songs are not composed by humans—an instrument called a versificator creates songs for the public. The lyrics to the popular song that has been "haunting London for weeks past" is as follows:

It was only an ‘opeless fancy.
It passed like an Ipril dye,
But a look an’ a word an’ the dreams they stirred!
They ‘ave stolen my ‘eart awye.

The lyrics of the song relate to Winston Smith's current emotions and behavior. By carrying on his affair with Julia and joining the Brotherhood, Winston is living in a hopeless fancy, which will pass like an April day. His love for Julia and belief in O'Brien have stirred up his dreams and stolen his heart. Winston no longer operates in reality, and every action he takes is a response to his imagination and dreams.

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