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Lyr Add: Lei Aloha, Lei Makamae (King)

Q (Frank Staplin) 31 Aug 09 - 08:17 PM
katlaughing 31 Aug 09 - 10:14 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Lei Aloha, Lei Makamae (King)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 08:17 PM

Lyr. Add: Lei Aloha, Lei Makamae
Charles E. King, words and music

E ku'u lei (e ku'u lei)

Duet, baritone and soprano-

Lei aloha na'u, lei makamae
Eia au, ke kali nei
Ho'i mai kâua, ho'i mai e pili (e pili)

Kou aloha ka'u (kou aloha ka'u)
E hi'ipoi nei (hi'i poi mau no)
Na kau a kau (na kau a kau)
Nou ho'okahi, na li'a a loko

Ahea la 'oe, maliu mai
E ku'u lei (e ku'u lei)
Ho'i mai kaua e pili

English translation

Beloved one, beloved of mine
To me you're precious, I adore but thee
Alone I wait, my heart is yuearning
Oh come my love, with me abide (abide)

The nights are long
The days are gray
The sunshine of your smile, I miss
No other one can cheer and comfort (me)
Oh heed my prayer and return to me, fair one.

Come to my arms, come to my arms
I know that you are true to me.

Often used in Hawai'i as a wedding song.

Charles E. King, 1948, "King's Book of Hawaiian Melodies," sheet music pp. 144-146. Copyright 1934, 1943.

Some see a similarity to Lei Aloha by Kekupuohi (Sonny Cunha's Music Book, 1902, William H. Coney)

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Lei Aloha, Lei Makamae (King)
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 10:14 PM

Thanks, Q. It's nice to be abel to read along, so I can actually know the Hawaiian words. There's a nice rendition of it On YouTube

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