“Can't Ye Hilo?”


Shanty. "Young gals, good gals, bad gals, O! Cho: Young girls can't ye Hilo? I will take 'em all in tow, Cho: Young girls can't ye Hilo?" Other verses have rhymes about dancing and women in general.


The word "hilo" in this case seems to refer to some sort of dance or jamboree. - SL


  1. Hugill, p. 265, "Can't Ye Hilo?" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 194-195]
  2. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). "Young Girls, Can't You Hilo? is in Part 3, 7/28/1917.
  3. BI, Hug265


Alternate titles: “Jean Francois de Nantes”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Robinson in _The Bellman_)
Keywords: shanty dancing
Found in: West Indies