By the sea at Waikiki, Hawaii,
Where you hear the ukuleles play,
There I hear a melody, an old Hawaiian tune,
And here’s what I keep singing by day:
My Hawaiian melody, your refrain keeps haunting me,
I can’t help humming each strain the whole day long.
From Waikiki you come drifting back to me,
And I rejoice in your sweet song.
How I wish that I were there ‘neath Hawaiian moonlight fair,
Where sweet guitars in harmony
Would play each strain again for me, my Hawaiian melody.
Some sweet day I’ll sail away to find you
Where the ripp’ling waves caress the shore,
In the land of sweetest dreams, where moonlight softly gleams,
I’ll hear that sweetest melody once more.
Ringle, Dave and Coots, J. Fred, "My Hawaiian Melody" (1921). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 971.
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