Ada Jones - O'Brien Is Tryin' To Learn To Talk Hawaiian 1917 Hawaii Ukulele

Edison 50402 - 02/1917 - This song reached #9 on US charts in 1917 for Ada. Horace Wright's version peaked higher at #2 the same year.
Ada Jones (June 1, 1873 -- May 2, 1922) was a popular mezzo-soprano who recorded from 1905 to the early 1920s. She was born in Lancashire, England but moved with her family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of six in 1879. She started performing on stage, including juvenile roles in the 1880s.
In 1893 or 1894, she recorded some musical performances for the North American Phonograph Co., most popularly known, "Sweet Marie". But the demise of this company ended this recording career and it was not until 1905 that she returned to recording, after a few years doing performances at such locations as Huber's 14th Street Museum in New York City. She recorded several duets with Billy Murray and Len Spencer. She sang in a range of accents and dialects.
O'BRIEN IS TRYIN' TO LEARN TO TALK HAWAIIAN
Words, Al Dubin. Music, Rennie J. Cormack. 1914.
Pat O'Brien, after buyin' a ticket for the Sandwich Isles,
His face all full of smiles, and after many trials,
Paddy landed, then meandered where the hula maidens sway.
Oh, he met a hula dancer down beside Hawaii Bay.
She won his heart away, and I heard the other day...
O'Brien is tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou,
For he's sighin' and cryin' and all the time he's tryin'
Just to say, "I love you true."
With his "Arrah yakka hula begorra hicki dula"
And his Irish "Jiji boo,"
Sure, O'Brien is tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou.
Paddy's yearnin' to be learnin' to play the ukulele too
For his Honolulu Lou, like all Hawaiians do.
Paddy's dancer doesn't answer when he starts to talk and shout,
For when paddy talks Hawaiian, no one knows what it's about.
If his wife only knew, he'd be in an Irish stew.
O'Brien is tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou,
For he's sighin' and lyin' in Irish and Hawaiian
To his wife and Lulu too,
While he writes a lot of blarney to his Katie in Killarney
And she thinks that he is true.
Sure, O'Brien is tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou.
Paddy likes Hawaiian music because it's such a novelty.
He thinks the harmony is sweet as it can be.
If he tries to, he'll get wise to all the melodies he's heard,
And he knows some tunes already but he doesn't know a word.
Hawaiian's hard to get with an Irish alphabet.
O'Brien is tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou.
He's sighin' and cryin' and all the time he's tryin'
To say, "I love you true."
He won Bridget, Kate, and Mary by singing "Tipperary,"
And he'll win his Lulu too,
For O'Brien is tryin' to learn to talk Hawaiian to his Honolulu Lou.

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