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Head Music

Very odd and funny thing happened this morning. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with a song in my head that wasn’t there when I went to bed. Usually it’s something I heard the previous day or some new catchy hit. This morning’s smash hit comes from my Cherokee Elementary music class back in the dark ages, from Miss Woodcock (what a name, I now realize) my music teacher. The “Hukilau.”

We are going, to the hukilau

To the huki huki huki huki hukilau

Everybody loves the hukilau

Loves the huki huki huki huki hukilau


I throw my net out into the sea

And all the amma amma come a swimming to me


We are going

To the hukilau

To the huki huki huki huki hukilau.

 I don’t ever remember hearing it since elementary school. I told Nancy this morning, and she says it may have also been in the film Donavan’s Reef, a good John Wayne film that I’ve seen numerous times, but not for at least a decade. Which raises the question, what goes on in our heads while we sleep?

Don Ho's version--not quite as good as Miss Moon's Cherokee 6th Grade's



Reader Comments (2)

Jack, you almost made it a year between postings!! See you next week.......Lynn

March 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I can remember songs from Mexico, Australia, and Germany I was forced to learn under duress in music class as a youngster but can't remember the lyrics of the song I listen to 20 times now. I've been told I should start shopping for a nursing home. They fill up quickly with people like me.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHyperion Sturm

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