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chico Lyr: I want to go back to my little grass shack... (44) Lyr Add: I wanna go back to little grass shack 25 Mar 06



[Capo +5 Ukelele syle]

               D(6)
I want to go back to little grass shack
7                E7
In Kealakekua, Hawai'i
          A7
I want to be with all the kanes and wahines
                D(6)
That I used to know long ago
       F#7
I can hear the old guitars playing
       B7
On the beach at Hônaunau
       E7
I can hear the old Hawaiians saying:
       A7      E7             A7    (Bb°)
'Komo mai no kâua i ka hale welakahao'
             D(6)
It won't be long till my ship will be sailing
         E7
Back to Kona
    A7
A grand old place
         Bb°          F#7
That's always fair to see, you're telling me

    B7
I'm just a little Hawaiian
A homesick island boy
   E7
I want to go back to my fish and poi
             D(6)
I want to go back to my little grass shack
                  E7
In Kealakekua, Hawai'i
          A7
Where the humuhumunukunukuâpua'a
            D(6)
Go swimming by

[Source Noble's Hawaiian Favorites Copyright 1933, 1961 Miller Music Corp, - This song was introduced in Kona, Hawai'i at the July 4th canoe races, 1933. Harrison gave the song to John Noble to publish, who revised the music to give it an almost new melody without changing Cogswell's words. This was done to dispel the claim that others had written the song. Once published, the song became a smash hit. Noble turned over the royalties to the Sherman Clay Co. in San Francisco for $500.00 advance royalty, giving the credit to Cogswell and Harrison. Kealakekua is the bay where Captain Cook was killed in 1779. Hônaunau is the ancient City of Refuge and Kona is the district where both are located on the Big Island.]


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