WAIKIKI

© 1938
Lyrics & Music: Andrew Kealoha Cummings

One of the most enduring and popular of the 'place name' songs. Andy Cummings, a respected and well-loved composer and musician, wrote this song while in Lansing, Michigan on tour with The Paradise Islands revue. 'It was a cold and foggy night in November 1938 and we were walking back to our hotel from the theatre. I thought of Waikiki with its rolling surf, warm sunshine, palm trees, andů'

Sheet Music:

Recordings:
78: Andy Cummings, Bell Records 1946
CS: George Helm, The Music of George Helm: A True Hawaiian, Cord HOC3000
CD: Various, Lei of Stars: Hawaii's Legendary Artists, Cord HOCD 31000

There's a feeling deep in my heart
Stabbing at me just like a dart
It's a feeling heavenly

I see mem'ries out of the past
Memories that always will last
Of that place across the sea

Waikiki
At night when the shadows are falling
I hear your rolling surf calling
Calling and calling to me

Waikiki
'Tis for you that my heart is yearning
My thoughts are always returning
Out there to you across the sea

Your tropic nights and your wonderful charms
Are always in my memory
And I recall as I held in my arms
An angel sweet and heavenly

Waikiki
My whole life is empty without you
I miss that magic about you
Magic beside the sea
Magic of Waikiki



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