Traditional, and nothing to do with the Johnson Girls (American female shanty crew)! According to sleeve notes of Tomorrow's Tide by Salt of the Earth (Barrie and Ingrid Temple and Joyce and Danny McLeod) â€œa fine song originally recorded on the menhaden fishing boat The Boys of Maryport, Florida in July 1940 by Robert Cook and Robert Cornwallâ€¦. Pulling or 'hardening up' the nets, is done in silence and the verses sung while the fishermen gather a new grip on the net.â€ Sometimes sung with a 2 bar rest between each line.
Walk around, honey, walk around
Johnson girls is mighty fine girls
Walk around, honey, walk around.
Neat in the waist and got mighty fine legs.
Great big legs and teeny-eensy feet.
Your thing, my thing, make a little baby.
Hot as cayenne but good, God Damn.
Them Johnson girls is mighty fine girls.