Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1916

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i'm Down in Honolulu: Looking them Over
by Irving Berlin

New York: Published by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co.

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Abstract

[Verse 1]
You know my Uncle Jeremiah,
Who disappeared a month ago;
We got a letter from Hawaii,
And I declare my uncle's there.
The atmosphere set him on fire,
It simply went right to his head;
What do you think he wrote
In his little not
This is what he said.

[Chorus]
I'm down in Honolulu looking them over,
i'm down in Honolulu living in clover,
Try and guess the way they dress;
no matter what you think it is, it's even less.
Their language is hard to understand because it's so tricky,
I've got them teaching me to say "wicky wicky",
I don't know what it means but it's the best that ever was,
And if it means just what I think it does,
I'll be in Honolulu looking over them for a long, long time.

[Verse 2]
My brother said "It's very nifty,
our Uncle's got the right idea;
Although my brother's very thrifty,
he sent a wire to Jermiah.
he said "I'll go you fifty fifty,
With every Hula girl you see;"
My brother nearly died
Uncle just replied " Please don't bother me."

[Chorus]

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