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Thread #81449   Message #1492276
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
24-May-05 - 05:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Aloha 'oe / Farewell to thee
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Aloha 'oe / Farewell to thee
Ugh! Her Majesty, to use the old cliché, would spin in her coffin in the Royal Mausoleum and cause an earthquake in Nu'uanu if she saw the sheet music with English version by Charles Earl, 1915
(linked above by Masato). I'm sure that she never saw these sheet music versions.

Aloha Oe
Farewell To Thee

Now the dark clouds are low upon Waukiakia*
A sign that we two must soon be parted
I can't hide thee in my arms and keep thee
I can only hide that I am broken-hearted.

Hear the sad moaning of the restless ocean,
It but echoes back my lonely sobbing
And my heart is still burning with devotion,
To cry out against the love that we are robbing.


Farewell to thee, farewell to thee,
I shall always wait for thee among the flowers
One fond embrace, one kiss, and then Farewell
Until we meet again.

These lyrics undoubtedly added to the misconception that "Aloha 'oe" was a song of parting.