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Lyr Add: Cock-Eyed Mayor of Kaunakakai (A Anderson

chico 25 Mar 06 - 03:50 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 25 Mar 06 - 08:46 PM
GUEST,M.Ted 26 Mar 06 - 02:51 AM
chico 26 Mar 06 - 02:28 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Mar 06 - 03:39 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Mar 06 - 03:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: COCK-EYED MAYOR OF KAUNAKAKAI
From: chico
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 03:50 PM


    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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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cock-eyed mayor of Kaunakakai
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 08:46 PM

Surprised this one wasn't already in Mudcat.
The song was written (copyright 1935) by (R.) Alex Anderson. Since then, the honorary title has been held by a number of well-known (in Moloka'i) people.

The song was a hit for The Andrews Sisters, but in Hawai'i, the version by Hilo Hattie (Decca 194, 78) was preferred.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cock-eyed mayor of Kaunakakai
From: GUEST,M.Ted
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 02:51 AM

Thanks for posting this!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cock-eyed mayor of Kaunakakai
From: chico
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 02:28 PM

Anyone know what "Malo" hat means? What is malo?

What is pānini

lei of kīkānia?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cock-eyed mayor of Kaunakakai
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 03:39 PM

malo- loin cloth
kikania- the spiny perennial Popolo; a lei made of the small, round,orange fruits of this slightly poisonous plant. Belongs to the nightshade family.
Panini- the night-blooming Cereus; a cactus.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cock-eyed mayor of Kaunakakai
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 03:53 PM

malihini haole- a white newcomer (a dumb-ass white).
oke- okolehao. Hawaiian moonshine. Made from baked, fermented Ti root. A civilized version is now obtainable in the liquor section of some Hawaiian stores.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cock-eyed mayor of Kaunakakai
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 07:30 PM

"Malo" is a sort of loincloth. "Panini" is a cactus, and lei of kikania(which is a variety of thornapple) is the traditional lei of Kaluapapa, which was the leper colony--it is considered to be a lei for losers, and is bad luck for those running for political office--malahini haole, in case you didn't know, and forgot to ask, is a a white person who has just come to the islands.


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