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hapakid
Luna Ho`omalu

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Posted - 10/16/2003 :  6:20:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit hapakid's Homepage
I'm looking for the words to the song "Lai Toodle", which sounds as if it might be a paniolo song and is a waltz. I've heard a version by Danny Estocado, and I think the Makaha Sons did a live version, but I can't find words anywhere. It's a simple, mostly English song that goes like:
"Here comes a haole luna,
He rides on a big white horse,
He too much (unknown Hawaiian word or slang) kela Filipino,
kela Filipino (another unknown Hawaiian phrase)."
There are four or five similar verses.
Anyone know it? It makes a nice paniolo-style slack key waltz. I'd also be curious if anyone know the story behind the song.
Mahalo for any kokua,
Jesse Tinsley

leokiekie
Aloha

USA
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Posted - 10/16/2003 :  8:39:32 PM  Show Profile
lai toodle

there was a haole luna
he rides on a big white horse(y)
he too muchee pekupeku kela pilipino
kela pilipino hapai ko *

* hui:
lai toodle, lai toodle, lai o
lai toodle, lai toodle, lai e
he too muchee pekupeku kela (pilipino, kepani, pake)
kela (pilipino, kepani, pake) hapai ko

here comes that haole pupuka
he rides on a big white horse(y)
he too much pekupeku kela kepani
kela kepani hapai ko *

here comes that sonakabitchee bossy
he rides on a big white horse(y)
he too muchee pekupeku kela pake
kela pake hapai ko *

this song was written and sung by plantation workers in the sugar cane fields according to hawaiian musicologist uncle saichi kawahara of the kapalakiko hawaiian band.

Edited by - leokiekie on 10/16/2003 8:41:50 PM
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Sarah
`Olu`olu

571 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2003 :  7:48:51 PM  Show Profile
Aloha kakou,

I never heard this song, but for those who are interested, I thought I'd post an English gloss of the lyrics leoki'eki'e posted above. Kinda shows what happened in plantation life... and how some key words were kept in Hawaiian.

English gloss:

There was a haole overseer
he rides on a big white horse
he too much kick that Filipino
that filipino carrying cane

lai toodle, lai toodle, lai o [like tra-la-la, fol-de-rol, shoo ala e ana la, etc.]
lai toodle, lai toodle, lai e
he too much kick that (filipino, japanese, chinese)
that (filipino, japanese, chinese) carrying cane

here comes that ugly haole
he rides on a big white horse
he too much kick that japanese
that japanese carrying cane

here comes that sunnovapitch boss
he rides on a big white horse
he too much kick that chinese
that chinese carrying cane


-Sarah
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hapakid
Luna Ho`omalu

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Posted - 10/17/2003 :  10:46:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit hapakid's Homepage
Awesome! Thanks to everybody for the words and background.
Jesse Tinsley
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David
Akahai

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Posted - 10/18/2003 :  12:02:08 AM  Show Profile  Send David an ICQ Message
The question was excellent and the answers remarkable. It would be nice if this site had an archives for threads like this (as if Andy isn't already doing enough). This song is a treasure.
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Admin
Pupule

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Posted - 10/18/2003 :  06:58:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Send Admin an AOL message  Send Admin an ICQ Message  Send Admin a Yahoo! Message
quote:
Originally posted by David

The question was excellent and the answers remarkable. It would be nice if this site had an archives for threads like this (as if Andy isn't already doing enough).
In this regard, almost no posts have been deleted since this site was started. If you go to the main forum page, you will see that the 1st four forums have this icon: . Click on the icon to view posts that are generally older than one year. The other forums, I haven't bothered to archive yet since there are not as many posts.

Also, if you use the search, there is a box you check off to search the forums or archives.

Andy
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