Historic Sheet Music Collection

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New York: Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co. (1916)

Artist: Edward H. Pfeiffer

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[Verse 1]
Now Mary Ann McCue
Went out to Honolu
To teach the natives how to read and write
She sailed away
One summer’s day
but when she got out there to teach she didn’t care
She saw a dance that fill’d her with delight
Oh how she’d yearn that dance to learn
How she did that dance
She was not afraid
Mary said “At home my fortune’s made”

Mary Ann McCue came back from Honolu she took a chance
Did a funny little Hoola dance
Oh what a dance with riggle and a funny little wiggle just a simple little twist of the shoulder and the wrist so very new

[Ending 1]
And ev’ry night in a swell society
She is found Ev’ry body’s doing it
All Around Since Mary Ann McCue brought the Hoo-la-hoo from Honolu

[Verse 2]
They’re talking now they say
Of sending her away
To dance for all the soldiers now at war
And who can tell Mid shot and shell
If she should start to prance and do her Hoola dane
The soldiers might forget the cannons roar
And start to do the Hool-la-hoo
Air-ships Zeppl’in’s too
They could not resist Mary’s little Hoola Hoola twist Since


[Ending 2]
And even birds are Hool-la-hooing it in the trees
I saw sharks a doing it In the seas
Since Mary Ann McCue brought the Hoo-la-hoo from Honolu


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