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Hawaiian wedding song ( ke kali nei au ) ( helen desha beamer)


ke kali nei au - hawaiian wedding song
the house of bamboo

recording date elvis: wednesday 22 march 1961
first release: on audio album blue hawaii ( october 1961 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: lsp 2426

originally by: Helen Desha Beamer and Sam Kapu

recording date: 1928
originally written by:
Al Hoffman,Dick Manning
catalognumber: 1583
label: columbia

andy williams:
hawaiian wedding song

The original title of this number, written in 1926 by Charles King, was "Ke Kali Nei Au" meaning "Waiting Here For Thee." The number formed part of King's operetta "Prince of Hawaii" and was written as a duet for baritone and soprano. It was first recorded by Columbia in 1928 with Helen Desha Beamer and Sam Kapu, accompanied by Don Barriento's Hawaiian Orchestra. Bing Crosby recorded an English language version in 1951, but new English lyrics were provided by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning in 1958, providing Andy Williams with a hit at the time when Hawaii became the fiftieth State of the USA. These are the lyrics used in Elvis's version of the number. It should be noted that these lyrics are not a
translation of the original words.

Ke Kali Nei Au
performed by:
Helen Desha Beamer and Sam Kapu

Hawaiian Wedding Song
performed by:
Elvis Presley

This is the moment
I've waited for
I can hear my heart singing
Soon bells will be ringing

This is the moment
Of sweet Aloha
I will love you longer than forever
Promise me that you will leave me never

Here and now dear,
All my love,
I vow dear
Promise me that you will leave me never
I will love you longer than forever

U-a, si-la
Pa-a ia me o-e
Ko a-lo-ha ma-ka-mea e i-po
Ka-'u ia e le-i a-e ne-i la

Now that we are one
Clouds won't hide the sun
Blue skies of Hawaii smile
On this, our wedding day
I do
love you
with all my heart

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