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Aunty Genoa Keawe - Coconut Willie

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Uploaded on Jun 30, 2009

Naughty Abbie, Aunty Genoa Keawe and Her Hula Maids singing Coconut Willie.

My Grandpa was in the Navy, stationed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base on Oahu, in 1946. He says this song was always on the radio then.

Here are the lyrics:

Coconut Willie lives in a tree
Plenty pupule it's easy to see
All the malihinis think he's a king
They come to Wakiki to see his opu swing

Now Willie learned to shake his opu
At the very tender age of two
His Uncle Laulau and his Aunty Pinau
Taught him how to do it at his baby luau

Willie did his hula dance one day
In the Senate of the U.S.A.
And now I'll relate, though maybe it's fate
That's why they'll make Hawai`i Nei the 49th state

One night when the moon was high
Willie took a trip to Moloka`i
He drank some [???] and got so high
He thaught he was a Mynah Bird and tried to fly

One day to help the tourist trade
Willie rumba'd with a Cuban maid
He shouted "Auwe! His rumba's okay
But opu and okole no can shake that way

An heiress with an eye for romance
Took willie out one night to dance
This you shouldn't repeat, but he's out in the street
For dancing at the Royal in his luau feet

Willie tangled with the police one day
For dancing in the certain way
But the judge paid the bail, or at least that's the tale
So Willie shook his opu in the county jail

Coconut Willie lives in a tree
Plenty pupule, it's easy to see
All the the malihinis think he's a king
They come to Waikiki to see his opu swing

His big fat opu swing


Aloha and thank you for watching!

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