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Johnny's Gone to Hilo

(trad./Arr. Quigg & McCalman)

'(Roud 481) A song of the sea, which seems to have been what was known as a tops'l halyard, a shanty of a slow and lamenting character often used for heavy lifts. We heard it first from the singing of Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers.'

My Johnny's gone, what shall I do?
Johnny's gone to Hilo
My Johnny's gone and I'll go too
Johnny's gone to Hilo.

Chorus:
Hilo-you Hilo my Johnny's gone
What shall I do?
Johnny's gone to Hilo.

My Johnny's gone to old Rio
Johnny's gone to Hilo
To see them Spanish girls I know
Johnny's gone to Hilo.

My Johnny's gone and left this shore
Johnny's gone to Hilo
My Johnny's gone for evermore
Johnny's gone to Hilo.


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