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Oh Tommy's gone on a whaling ship
Chorus: Away to Hilo
Oh Tommy's gone on a damned long trip
Chorus: Tom's gone to Hilo

He's never kissed his girl goodbye

He's left her and he's told her why

She's robbed him blind and left him broke

He's had enough he gave her the poke

His half it went it went like chaff

She's hung around for the other half

She's drank and boozed his pay away

With her weather eye on the next pay day

He's shipped around away Cape Horn

His clothes and boots was in the pawn

Ah Tommy's gone on a whaling ship
Away to Hilo
Ah Tommy's gone on a damned long trip
Tom's gone to Hilo

(tops'l halyard)
Significantly different from the other version on the DT , the late Stan Hugill
said that sung by a
good shantyman, this song and its words were too slow to please the officers! T
he sailors liked
it though, especially on a heavy lift. The shanty is sung with alternating chor
us after every line
As recorded by Lime Bay Mutiny, 1990.
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