“Huckleberry Hunting”


Shanty. Characteristic line: "To me, Hilo, me Ranzo boy!" Boys and girls went huckleberry hunting, with the boys naturally chasing the girls. In the end a boy proposes to a girl (perhaps after seeing her garter)

Cross references

  • cf. "Ranzo Ray" (floating lyrics, form of chorus)


  1. Doerflinger, p. 32, "Huckleberry Hunting" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Colcord, p. 69, "Huckleberry Hunting" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Harlow, pp. 88-89, "Hilo, My Ranzo Way" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  4. Hugill, pp. 249-250, "We'll Ranzo Way" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 181-182]
  5. Sharp-EFC, XIV, p. 17, "Huckleberry Hunting" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Mackenzie 102, "The Wild Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT, (RANZORAY* -- the text here is very similar to Doerflinger's, but the tunes are so different that one wonders if they could be the same shanty)
  8. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). "Huckleberry Picking" is in Part 1, 7/14/1917.
  9. Roud #328
  10. BI, Doe032


Alternate titles: “Sing Hilo, Me Ranzo Ray”; “The Wild Goose Shanty”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917
Keywords: shanty courting
Found in: US(MA) Canada(Mar)