Johnny Come Down to Hilo

Johnny Come Down to Hilo (2014)

TTBB a cappella
Commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Secular

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Text:

Never seen the like since I was born
An Arkansas farmer with seaboots on

When Johnny come down to Hilo, poor old man.
I love a little gal from across the sea,
She's a Bajan beauty and she says to me:

When Johnny come down to Hilo, poor old man.
Oh! Wake her, shake her –
Shake that gal with the blue dress on
When Johnny come down to Hilo, poor old man.

Who's been there since I been gone
with the pretty little gal with the blue dress on.
Those Hilo gals, dress so fine,
Ain't got Jesus (opt. Sunday) on their mind.

My wife, she died in Tennessee,
And they sent her jawbone back to me.
I hung that jawbone on the fence,
And I ain’t heard nothin’ but the jawbone since.

- Traditional