(Farewell to thee)
As I steered the boat along the cliff
When to Hawaii I said good-bye
All the world seemed sad and stiff, as if
It knew my grief and heard my cry.

Chorus: Farewell to thee, farewell to thee
My passion flow'r whom I long in vain
My only hope that faithful you will be
Until we meet again.

In my dreams sweet mem'ries I recall
Of days which sped too quickly past
On my ear your soft voice seems to fall
As in my arms I hold you fast.


As I steered the boat along the shore
I vowed my heart should be your shrine
Till the day I journeyed home once more
No more to murmur, love of mine.

Words by Charles Wilmott
'Aloha ‘Oe' the most beloved of all Hawaiian songs, was composed by Princess Lili‘uokalani in the late 1870s. Although Lili‘uokalani categorized 'Aloha ‘Oe' as a love song, it is considered by most a song of farewell, due to its recurrent lyric theme.
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