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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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[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.

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."




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