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Johnny Come Down to Hilo

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Johnny Come Down to Hilo

I neber see de like since I been born
When a big buck nigger wid his sea boots on,

Says: "Johnny come down to Hilo,
Poor old man! O, wake her, o, shake her!
O wake dat gal wid de blue dress on!
When Johnny comes down to Hilo,
Poor old man!"

2. I lub a little gal across de sea,
She's a 'Badian beauty, and she says to me:

3. O, was you ebber down in Mobile Bay,
Where dey screws cotton on a summer day?

4. Did you ebber see de old plantation boss,
And de long-tail filly and de big black hoss?

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