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MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA, HAWAII


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Joyce Ubl 04 Jun 99 - 05:02 PM
Mark Cohen 04 Jun 99 - 06:07 PM
Gene 05 Jun 99 - 02:57 AM
dick greenhaus 05 Jun 99 - 10:03 AM
Gene 05 Jun 99 - 11:14 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 04 Jul 03 - 06:50 AM
Ralphie 04 Jul 03 - 09:44 AM
CRANKY YANKEE 05 Jul 03 - 02:59 AM
CRANKY YANKEE 05 Jul 03 - 03:02 AM
Stewie 05 Jul 03 - 03:53 AM
Billy the Bus 05 Jul 03 - 03:54 AM
GUEST,Dale 05 Jul 03 - 10:58 AM
DonMeixner 05 Jul 03 - 11:02 AM
Jim Dixon 05 Jul 03 - 11:36 AM
GUEST,Q 05 Jul 03 - 02:24 PM
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Genie 06 Jul 03 - 07:37 AM
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M.Ted 07 Jul 03 - 01:24 PM
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Subject: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Joyce Ubl
Date: 04 Jun 99 - 05:02 PM

Can anyone tell me the lyrics for this Hawaiian song?


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 04 Jun 99 - 06:07 PM

The only lines I remember are:
I wanna go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii
Where the humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming by.
I live on the other side of the Big Island from Kealakekua, and I'll try to find the rest of the song, though I'm sure one of the wonderful Mudcat wizards will beat me to it. The fish with the long name is known in English as the reef triggerfish, and it's the state fish. Pronounce it humu-humu-nuku-nuku-ah-pu-ah-ah. "Apua'a" is Hawaiian for "pig", and the name means something like fish with the nose of a pig. Aloha.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA...
From: Gene
Date: 05 Jun 99 - 02:57 AM


From the Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards) Collection
MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KE-A-LA-KE-KUA, HAWAII
Words & Music by:
Bill Cogswell, Tommy Harrison & Johnny Noble

I wanna go back to my Little Grass Shack
In Ke-a-la-ke-kua, Hawaii
I want to be with all the ka-nes
and wa-hi-nes that I knew long ago
I can hear old guitars a playing
on the beach at ho-o-nau-nau
I can hear the Hawaiians saying
Ko-mo-mai no ka-u-a i-ka
ha-le we-la-ka-hao
It won't be long 'til my ship
will be sailing back to Ko-na
A grand old place that's always fair to see
I'm just a little Hawaiian
and a homesick Inland boy
I want to go back to my fish and poi
I want to go back to My Little Grass Shack
In Ke-a-la-ke-kua, Hawaii
Where the Hu-mu-hu-mu,
Nu-ku-nu-ku a pu-a-a goes swiming by
Where the Hu-mu-hu-mu,
Nu-ku-nu-ku a pu-a-a goes swimming by.^^


Added to DT Oct 1998.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Jun 99 - 10:03 AM

Hi Gene- for a contrast check out John Prine's "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian"


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Gene
Date: 05 Jun 99 - 11:14 AM

truly a WILD AND CRAZY GUY...
and author the classic hit - PARADISE!


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 06:50 AM

Mark- where can I find the tune?


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Ralphie
Date: 04 Jul 03 - 09:44 AM

Could this be related to the version by Jimmy Jensen (The Singing Swede) ??

I wanna go back to my little old shack in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
(A-Wa-Hoody-Doo) etc...

It has the immortal line whilst our hero describes his lady.....

"She sits and cracks her knuckles, looking forward to the day.!!"

Probably not, but a fine song, nonetheless!
And, it seems to have some sort of Hawaian slide guitar as a bridge between the verses!....Quite bizarre!

Yours (While the Kippers and the Mackeral, and the Lutefish go svimming by!") Ralphie


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: CRANKY YANKEE
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:59 AM

I have the sheet music. Send regular E-mail adress, I';; scan it and send it to you.

Twas the first English language song I ever learned, by the way. I'd learned a little ditty in "Calabrese Italian" previouwsly, called "Cci-ci ranella" I was 3 years old.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: CRANKY YANKEE
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 03:02 AM

My regular E'Mail is. crankyyankee3@wmconnect.com. If you don't read music, I'll send you a tape or disc via snail mail

Jody.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 03:53 AM

Animaterra

The delightful Kanui and Lula did a recording of this. It is reissued on Various Artists 'Vintage Hawaiian Music: Steel Guitar Masters 1928-1934' Rounder CD 1052. If you would like to dip into vintage Hawaiian music, this album and its companion ['The Great Singers' Rounder CD 1053] would be good starting points - and then move on to the Halequin label offerings.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 03:54 AM

G'day,

I've just posted a request to Radio NZ to find it their archive, and play it for me on next SatNight request....

Ohh... Go Away! Right at the moment they are playing Tom Lehrer's "We'll All Go Together When We Go" - 1960 - prophetic wasn't it?

Cheers - Sam


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 10:58 AM

Now I don't want to risk losing my seat on the OT board, but Lisa Loeb has a way better than average version on last year's Disney compilation, Lilo & Stitch: Island Favorites AND you get the added bonus of an Elvis Hawaiian song(guess which one?), Annette doing Pineapple Princess, Harry Belafonte ~~ Island In The Sun . . .

Check out the sound file.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: DonMeixner
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 11:02 AM

So place I have a recording of Dave Von Ronk doing this tune. Fits the voice really well.

Don


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 11:36 AM

This discography says that "My Little Old Shack in Minneapolis Minnesota" was recorded in 1950 by Harry Stewart, who usually performed under the name Yogi Yorgesson, but sometimes as Harry Kari, Claude Hopper, or Klaus Hammerschmidt (depending, I suppose, on which accent he used, and which ethnic group he was satirizing). That web page also has sound samples of many of his recordings. I was able to transcribe this much:
    I want to go back to my little old shack in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
    (A-wahoo-de-hoo!)
    With the Petersons and Bjornsons and the Olsons that I knew long ago.
    (Dear hearts and yentle people!)
    I can see those Swedes all dancing.
    Them blonde girls sure look cute.
    Oh, I can hear those big Swedes hooting
    With a "hey-nonny-Svenska" and a "poop-poop-a-doop."…
The B-side was "Someone Spiked the Punch (at Lena's Wedding)."


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 02:24 PM

The Johnny Noble song "My Little Grass Shack" first appeared in 1933 on the Brunswick label, Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Quartet, Brunswick 6704 (LA 83), Nov. 11, 1933.
Noble, born in Honolulu, also composed "Hawaiian War Chant" and "I Want to Learn to Speak Hawaiian" (1934).


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jul 03 - 04:15 PM

Van Ronk's version is something to behold. Turn it up load, unlike Folk muisc. It's on "Songs For Aging Children" on the obscure (to me) Cadet lable, circa 1972. Little chance of a CD.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 07:37 AM

Point of clarification:
"Where the Hu-mu-hu-mu,
Nu-ku-nu-ku a pu-a-a goes swiming by
Where the Hu-mu-hu-mu,
Nu-ku-nu-ku a pu-a-a goes swimming by."

I thought the fish's name (Hawaii's state fish, I'm told) was spelled "humu-humu nuku-nuku a pua'a" or something close to that. Why was a comma inserted into the name in the lyrics above? Was that a mistake?


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 04:02 PM

In Hawaiian legend, Kamapua'a escaped Pele by turning into a humu-humu ... and swimming away. Mostly called the rectangular triggerfish (from the shape of its fin) or the pignose triggerfish.
No comma in the name, dashes usually inserted as shown by Genie, add dashes in the last part as well- nuku-a-pua'a. This is not correct, but helps the haole to pronounce it.
The fish was only elected for a five-year term, the idea being to rotate the post of State fish among other popular fish. Has there been a successor?

humuhumu- to sew
nuku- mouth, snout
nukunuku- to find fault (when the fish is taken out of water, it releases a grunt- is this the reason for this part of the name?)
pua'a- a pig.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: M.Ted
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 01:24 PM

I have an MP3 of the original hit(Number One on the Billboard Charts the week of March 3, 1934) by Ted Fio Rito and his Orchestra, if anyone is interested, PM your e-mail address--they played an important part in the popularization of Hawaiian music, though to the discerning ear, they sound a lot like a sweet band--


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 02:37 PM

The broadcasts of "Hawai'i Calls" also did much to popularize the songs of musicians in Hawai'i, including "My Little Grass Shack," which appears on several recordings produced by Webley Edwards from the Moana Hotel on Waikiki Beach.
Toward the end of "Hawaii Calls," Some recordings including "My Little Grass Shack...." were put out in stereo by Webley Edwards, with The Hawai'i Calls Orchestra and Chorus and Al Kealoha Perry. Capitol DT-715. This LP is still readily available in used record shops.


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: fsharpdim7
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 04:59 PM

Arthur Godfrey had a somewhat dysfunctional career, but didn't we all start out in folk music with his little plastic uke? Mine had buttons that you pushed for chords, like an autoharp. What marketing genius came up with that?
And who can forget those early tv shows from "Ha-way-ya" with Haleloke (?) singing those great Hawaiian songs?
On a more current note, if you're ever in Honolulu, follow the Kodak show band after the show and listen to them jam - that's the real thing!
Chris, in Chicago


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 06:08 PM

The Kodak Hula Show has strummed its last, I'm afraid. I think the last show was a few months ago.

I saw quite a few humuhumunukunukuapua'a this past Saturday...in Kealakekua Bay, as a matter of fact! Then on Sunday morning I spent about two hours swimming with about a hundred spinner dolphins in Honaunau Bay, the next one down the coast. Now I'm back home in Honolulu, but I'm still floating!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: M.Ted
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 07:02 PM

I remember listening to "Hawaii Calls" on those bitter cold winter nights back in Michigan--Used to give me the same pangs that Mark's post does--You are living the life that I dreamed of, Mark, Spam and all--


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 07:55 AM

So,what does "Ko-mo-mai no ka-u-a i-ka ha-le we-la-ha-hao" mean? It's what "I can hear the Hawaiians saying" in this song!


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 09:22 AM

The sound you don't hear is GuestQ flipping through his library of books so he can throw something "so profound" off the top of his head. Is someone with 1900 postings a "guest"?


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 02:58 PM

Anyone have chords for "Little Grass Schack"?


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Subject: Chords Add: MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA...
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 12:12 AM

I don't speak Hawaiian, and most Hawaiian words have quite a few meanings depending on the context, and Hawaiian, like Japanese, uses a whole lot of particles--little words that alter the meaning of the words they precede or follow. However, I'm guessing the phrase would be "Komo mai no ka ua i ka hale wela ka hau," and I would guess that a very, very, VERY rough translation might possibly be something like: "Come on in, make a lot of noise, warm up this cold place." But the emphasis is on "guess"--I'd be happy to defer to somebody who knows better.

Here are chords, courtesy of Jim Beloff's book, "Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Gems." I highly recommend Jim's books, available through Flea Market Music.

MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA, HAWAII
(c) 1933 Bill Cogswell, Tommy Harrison, and Johnny Noble

[ukulele in standard tuning, GCEA]

I want to go [Bb]back to my little grass shack
In Kealake[G7]kua, Ha[C7]wai'i
I [Bbdim]want to [F7]be with all the kanes and wahines
that I knew long a[Bb]go [D7][Gm][Bb]
I can [D7]hear old guitars a-playing
On the [G7]beach at Ho-onaunau*
I can [C7]hear the Hawaiians saying,
"Komo [F7]mai no ka ua i ka hale wela ka hau"
It won't be [Bb]long 'til my ship will be sailing [G7]back to [C7]Kona
A [F7]grand old place that's always fair to [D7]me
I'm [G7]just a little Hawaiian and a homesick island boy
I [C7]want to go back to my fish and [Bbdim]poi
I want to go [Bb]back to my little grass shack
In Kealake[G7]kua, Ha[C7]wai'i
Where the [F7]Humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming [Bb]by
Where the [F7]Humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming [Bb]by([Bbdim][F7])

Have fun!

Aloha,
Mark

*It should be "Honaunau" -- they may have been confusing it with "Ho'okena" down the coast.


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Subject: Chords Add: MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA...
From: Genie
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 02:33 PM

GuestQ, thanks so much for the brief hx and the etymology of the fish's name!

MTed, I'd love it if you'd email me an MP3 of the original "Little Grass Shack..." song!
Mark, interestingly, I use different chords than those posted in the thread, and I play it in C, with only C, C7, G, G(7), A7, F, D,D7,and E7 (not in that order), and it sounds fine to me.
I'll have to listen to the original and see (hear) if they're doing something substantially different.

The chords Gene posted, transposed to the key of C, would be:
MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA, HAWAII
© 1933 Bill Cogswell, Tommy Harrison, and Johnny Noble

I want to go [C]back to my little grass shack
In Kealake[A7]kua, Ha[D7]wai'i.
I [Cdim]want to [G7]be with all the kanes and wahines
that I knew long a[C]go. [E7][Am][C]
I can [E7]hear old guitars a-playing
On the [A7]beach at Ho-onaunau.*
I can [D7]hear those Hawaiians saying,
"Komo [G7]mai no ka ua i ka hale wela ka hau."
It won't be [C]long 'til my ship will be sailing [A7]back to [D7]Kona,
A [G7]grand old place that's always fair to [E7]see!
I'm [A7]just a little Hawaiian and a homesick island boy.
I [D7]want to go back to my fish and [Cdim]poi.
I want to go [C]back to my little grass shack
In Kealake[A7]kua, Ha[D7]wai'i
Where the [G7]Humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming [C]by
Where the [F7]Humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming [Bb]by([Bbdim][F7])


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Subject: Chords Add: MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA...
From: M.Ted
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 03:59 PM

If it is a little hard to figure out what Mark has posted, here are my chords, in a more standard sort of format--

Let's assume that, for some godawful reason, you want to play this song in Bb as Mr. Beloff has set it down, just play these chords four counts to the measure (which means two counts for each chord symbol). Don't think too hard, just play what's written, and you should be able to figure out where the lyrics fall in(if you can't, you need to break down and buy the sheet music).

Start out with your typical Hawaiian "One intro fits All" Intro, the lyrics start on the second F7):



|C7 C7/F7 F7/Bb Bb/F7 F7|

(2x)||:Bb Bb/Bb6 Bb6/ C6 C6/C6 C6/
F7 F7/F7 F7/Bb Gb7/F7 F7:||
(Bridge)
|D7 D7/D7 D7/G7 G7/G7 G7/
C7 C7/ C7 C7/F7 F7/F7 F7/

|Bb Bb/Bb6 Bb6/ C6 C6/C6 C6/
F7 F7/F7 F7/D7 Db7/D7 D7/

G7 G7/G7 G7/C7 C7 C7/C7 C7/
|Bb Bb/Bb6 Bb6/ C6 C6/C6 C6/
(2x)||:F7 F7/F7 F7/BbBb/Eb Ebm/Bb Bb:||


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Renegade
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 02:13 PM

Jeez...I must be really old. Doesn't anyone remember the Little Rascals doing this song? I wanna say Alfalfa, but it may have been Darla and Alfalfa. Or just Darla. Hell, I don't remember who, I just remember it was one of the big numbers at the show in the barn.

Someone please post that they remember too. Lie if you must.
Bill


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: M.Ted
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 10:57 AM

I remember, Bill--I really do--I just forgot. The reason that we all like this song is because we remember hearing Alfalfa, Arthur Godfrey, Cliff Edwards, Dennis Day,( name who you want, because everyone used to sing this song(, and it helps us to recapture a part of our lives that has disappeared--


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 01:23 PM

Confession Time...
I first thought of learning this song on the uke whilst at Old Songs Festival a few weeks ago, when 'Catter Jeri and I were chatting about my new favorite instrument and what I should teach my students. She said, "Oh, you've gotta do like the Little Rascals, I wanna go back to my little grass shack... I thought it was a brilliant idea! And the rest is history...


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 11:42 PM

On a uke in standard GCEA tuning, Bb plays like a 4-string F on the guitar, G7 is like D7, and C7 is like a 4-string G7 (first fret on the top (A) string, other three open), so it's not quite as daunting as it looks.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: M.Ted
Date: 12 Jul 03 - 09:28 AM

Unless you're not playing a uke-


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 06:50 AM

Well, that's why God created capos....

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: M.Ted
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 10:52 AM

Anyway, the real way to tune a uke is ADF#B--what about that, oh great Kahuna?


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Subject: Lyr Add: I wanna go back to little grass shack
From: chico
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 03:50 PM


[Capo +5 Ukelele syle]

               D(6)
I want to go back to little grass shack
7                E7
In Kealakekua, Hawai'i
          A7
I want to be with all the kanes and wahines
                D(6)
That I used to know long ago
       F#7
I can hear the old guitars playing
       B7
On the beach at Hônaunau
       E7
I can hear the old Hawaiians saying:
       A7      E7             A7    (Bb°)
'Komo mai no kâua i ka hale welakahao'
             D(6)
It won't be long till my ship will be sailing
         E7
Back to Kona
    A7
A grand old place
         Bb°          F#7
That's always fair to see, you're telling me

    B7
I'm just a little Hawaiian
A homesick island boy
   E7
I want to go back to my fish and poi
             D(6)
I want to go back to my little grass shack
                  E7
In Kealakekua, Hawai'i
          A7
Where the humuhumunukunukuâpua'a
            D(6)
Go swimming by

[Source Noble's Hawaiian Favorites Copyright 1933, 1961 Miller Music Corp, - This song was introduced in Kona, Hawai'i at the July 4th canoe races, 1933. Harrison gave the song to John Noble to publish, who revised the music to give it an almost new melody without changing Cogswell's words. This was done to dispel the claim that others had written the song. Once published, the song became a smash hit. Noble turned over the royalties to the Sherman Clay Co. in San Francisco for $500.00 advance royalty, giving the credit to Cogswell and Harrison. Kealakekua is the bay where Captain Cook was killed in 1779. Hônaunau is the ancient City of Refuge and Kona is the district where both are located on the Big Island.]


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: chico
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 02:22 PM

Updated chords

[Capo +5 Ukelele syle]

             D(6)
I want to go back to [my] little grass shack
      (B7)         E7
In Kealakekua, Hawai'i
(D°)    A7
I want to be with all the kanes and wahines
                D(6)
That I used to know long ago
       F#7
I can hear the old guitars playing
       B7
On the beach at Hônaunau
       E7
I can hear the old Hawaiians saying:
       A7      E7             A7    (Bb°)
'Komo mai no kâua i ka hale welakahao'
             D(6)
It won't be long till my ship will be sailing
(B7)    E7 (D°)
Back to Kona
    A7
A grand old place
         Bb°          F#7
That's always fair to see, you're telling me

    B7
I'm just a little Hawaiian
A homesick island boy
   E7                           (D°)
I want to go back to my fish and poi
             D(6)
I want to go back to my little grass shack
      (B7)       E7
In Kealakekua, Hawai'i
          A7
Where the humuhumunukunukuâpua'a
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Go swimming by


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Subject: RE: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: GUEST,drjackcv
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 02:32 AM

Great song, but Jonny Noble has been laughing for 80 years as young girls hula while their fathers sang "Komo mai no kaua i ka hale welakahao."

The sentence means "Come with me, just us two, to our house of making whoopee."

These are the literal translations:

KOMO MAI = come (toward me)         Pidgin Como = come   Samoan mai = toward me        
NO KAUA = only you and I        Samoan na'o = only   ta'ua = you and I
I KA HALE = to the house        Samoan to our house
WELAKAHAO = wela ka hao =         (making whoopee!)
   WELA = hot         Samoan vevela = hot
   KA HAO = the iron

Personally, I sing "Komo mai no kaua i kahakai hukilau" -- Come, just us two, to Hukilau beach.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Max Johnson
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 07:04 AM

The Dead Sea Surfers sang this. Dave Mitchell played a Ukelele accompaniment.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Cool Beans
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 04:38 PM

I love this song. It's my best-seller on itTunes, with sales in the low-to-mid double digits.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-want-to-go-back-to-my-little/id357953605?i=357954372&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


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Subject: RE: Lyr: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 04:46 PM

Ah, but nobody should buy just that one song, Cool Beans. Your entire Hat Album is a lot of fun. I really like it.

Were you born in Michigan, too? [There's a song on the album titled "I Want To Go Back To Michigan," and it speaks to me more invitingly than the grass shack. Grass shacks make me think of humidity and bugs.]
-Joe Detroiter-


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Subject: RE: Lyr: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 05:22 PM

Depends on where you build your grass shack. Many beach or near-beach sites are very dry, in the arid- climatic realm, no mosquitos and few bugs. And if you keep the lamp lit, the little lizards will hang around and eat the bugs.

drjacktv, komo mai is Hawai'ian for come towards me whan mai is used adjectively. Komo also means enter. Hao also means to rob, or a robber. Whatever, the double meaning is evident to Hawai'ians. Some hapa-haole singers have fitted other words but I don't know the language. There is one that implies sodomy, I was told.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: I want to go back to my little grass shack...
From: Cool Beans
Date: 04 Sep 11 - 10:07 AM

Thanks, Joe! I wasn't born in Michigan but I've lived there for more than 30 years. "I Want to go Back to Michigan" was written by Irving Berlin in 1914. As far as I've been able to determine, he had never set foot in Michigan at the time he wrote the song.


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