“Johnny's Gone to Hilo”


Shanty. "If I should die and be buried at sea, A mermaid's sweetheart I would be. Johnny's gone to Hilo! Heelo! Hilo! My Johnny's gone, what shall I do? Johnny's gone to Hilo."


Possibly a fragment of another Hilo shanty, though the form is unusual -- but the text is so short that I can't identify the original. It is not (based on its form) a version of "Tommy's Gone to Hilo." - RBW


  1. Chase, p. 157, "Johnny's Gone to Hilo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #481
  3. BI, Cha157


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1956
Found in: US(SE)