LITTLE BROWN GAL

© 1935
Lyrics & Music: Don McDiarmid, Lee Wood
Original title: "It's Just a Little Brown Gal in a Little Grass Skirt in a Little Grass Shack in Hawaii"
One of the four songs commonly used by Matson ships and Waikiki hotels to teach the hula to tourists.

The song and hula are included in the 1957 Cinerama film, South Seas Adventure

Sheet Music:

Recordings: Numerous, including every artist who ever recorded Hapa Haole music. The oldest recording currently available is listed below:
CD: Chick Daniels and His Royal Hawaiians, From Honolulu to Hollywood (TOM MB123)

To the isles across the blue Pacific
I've a constant longing to return
There's a reason that is quite specific
Someone for whom I yearn

It's not the islands fair
That are calling to me
It's not the balmy air
Nor the tropical sea

It's just a little brown gal
In a little grass skirt
In a little grass shack
In Hawaii

It isn't Waikiki
Nor Kamehameha's folly
Nor the beach boys free
With their ho'omalimali

It's just a little brown gal
In a little grass skirt
In a little grass shack
In Hawaii

Through that island wonderland
She's broken all the kanes' hearts
It's not hard to understand
For that wahine is a gal apart

I'll be leaving soon
And the thrill I'll enjoy
Is not the island moon
Nor the fish and the poil

It's just a little brown gal
In a little grass skirt
In a little grass shack
In Hawaii



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