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chico Lyr Add: Cock-Eyed Mayor of Kaunakakai (A Anderson (7) Lyr Add: COCK-EYED MAYOR OF KAUNAKAKAI 25 Mar 06



    G    D7         G      D7
He wore a malo and a coconut hat
One was for this and the other for that
All the people shouted as he went by
He was the cockeyed mayor of Kaunakakai

B7                E7
He was just a lazy malihini haole boy
    A7
But all the girls were crazy
    D7                   G°
To share his fish and poi, Oh

He wore a lei and he wore a smile
He drank a gallon of oke to make life worthwhile
Then he made 'em laugh 'til he made 'em cry
He was the cockeyed mayor of Kaunakakai

The horse he rode was skinny
A broken down old female
So he placed a big pānini
Right under that horse's tail, Oh

He made her buck and he made her fly
All over the island of Moloka'i
You could hear the kanes and wahines cheer
As they gave him a lei of kīkānia

Now you've heard my story
About the mayor of Kaunakakai
All his fame and glory
On the island of Moloka'i

[Source Copyright Edward B. Marks Music Corp - Paul Fagan, owner of Pu'uhoku Ranch, Moloka'i requested a song for his special guest, movie star, Warner Baxter, in 1934. The mythical mayor became cockeyed because the last two syllables rhymed with Kaunakakai. Although Baxter liked the tune and lyrics, his studio did not, fearing it would create a bad image of drunkeness for Hollywood. Poi is made from the popular taro plant: the 14th most cultivated crop on earth.]


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