ALOHA 'OE
(Farewell to thee)
 
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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.

Chorus:

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.

Chorus:
 
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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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