O'Brien is Tryin' To Learn to Talk Hawaiian

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O'Brien is Tryin' to Learn to Talk Hawaiian

words by Al Dubin music by Rennie Cormack 1914 Hear this song sung by Ada Jones c.1917 from Collected Works of Ada Jones Part 1 at archive.org. Hear Brian Hefferan sing his 2004 version View original 1914 sheet music from The Indiana University Sheet Music Collection [Verse 1] C F C Pat O'Brien once decided to go to the Sandwich Isles G7 C G7 His face all full of smiles, and after many trials C F C there he landed and meandered where the ukuleles sway G D7 G He met a hula dancer down beside Hawaii Bay D7 G D7 G7 She won his heart away, and I heard the other day [Chorus] C E7 F C D7 G7 C O'Brien he's tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou C E7 F For he's sighin' and cryin' and all the time he's tryin' D7 G7 just to say I love you true C E7 F C With his hava-yakka-hula the fellow he could fool ya G7 with his Irish Keechy-Poo C E7 F C D7 G7 C Sure O'Brien he's tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou [Verse 2] C F C He had he yearnin' to be learnin' to play the ukulele too G7 C G7 for his Honolulu Lou, Like all Hawaiians do C F C as his dancer doesn't answer when he starts to talk and joke G D7 G As he talks Hawaiian no one knows what it's about D7 G D7 G7 If his wife only knew, he'd be in an Irish stew