Johnny Come a Long Time
DESCRIPTION: Alternate lines are "Johnny come a long time." Verse lines are "Run along my Lulu," "Run home my Lulu," and "Johnny is your master"
EARLIEST DATE: 1942 (Parrish)
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Parrish 23, pp. 124-125, "Johnny Come a Long Time" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The current description is based on the Parrish text. This looks to me like a distant relative of "Tommy's Gone to Hilo," though Parrish knows shanties -- having a section of them in her book -- but doesn't call this one of them. In fact, she includes no information about the use of this song. Another argument against mine is that Parrish's tune is quick while Hugill says "Tommy's Gone to Hilo" was sung in a "slow and lethargic way." - BS
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