Everybody Does It in Hawaii
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Now talk about Hawaii I didn′t know it was so grand
I pick me out a hula hula girl before my boat could land
Everybody does it in Hawaii
Now she's got it here and she′s got it there
Her lips are red her little ole feet are bare
She shy on close but I don't care cause everybody does it in Hawaii

Now when I leave Hawaii when I leave ole Waikiki
I'm goin′ to take my hula hula girl and bring her back with me
Cause everybody does it in Hawaii
She′s got two pretty legs with dimple knees




Two brown arms and they know how to squeeze
A perfect form and I'm hard to pelase but everybody does it in Hawaii

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song Everybody Does It in Hawaii are about his first visit to the beautiful island of Hawaii where he discovered the hula hula dance and fell in love with a hula girl before his boat could land. He expresses his surprise at the grandeur of Hawaii and how everyone seems to do the hula hula dance. He describes the hula girl's physical features such as her red lips, bare feet, and perfect form. The singer is so smitten with the hula girl that he plans to take her back with him when he leaves Hawaii.


The lyrics of the song reflect the exoticism and fascination with Hawaii that was popular in the early 20th century when the song was written. The hula hula dance was a popular form of entertainment and an integral part of Hawaiian culture. The song portrays Hawaii as a place of exotic beauty and sexual freedom. The lyrics suggest a carefree lifestyle and the idea that anything goes in Hawaii.


Overall, the song Everybody Does It in Hawaii is a lighthearted celebration of Hawaii's cultural and physical beauty, highlighting the hula hula dance as a major attraction. It is a charming example of the Hawaiian-themed music that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s.


Line by Line Meaning

Now talk about Hawaii I didn't know it was so grand
I'm surprised by how beautiful Hawaii is


I pick me out a hula hula girl before my boat could land
I found a hula dancer as soon as I arrived in Hawaii


Everybody does it in Hawaii
It's common to fall in love with a hula dancer in Hawaii


Now she's got it here and she's got it there
My hula dancer has nice features all around


Her lips are red her little ole feet are bare
She has red lips and likes to dance without shoes


She shy on close but I don't care cause everybody does it in Hawaii
She's shy when it comes to being intimate, but I'm not worried since it's normal to be with a hula dancer in Hawaii


Now when I leave Hawaii when I leave ole Waikiki
When I leave Hawaii and Waikiki beach


I'm goin' to take my hula hula girl and bring her back with me
I'm taking my hula dancer home with me


Cause everybody does it in Hawaii
It's expected to bring a hula dancer back home from Hawaii


She's got two pretty legs with dimple knees
She has nice legs with dimples on her knees


Two brown arms and they know how to squeeze
She has strong and affectionate arms


A perfect form and I'm hard to please but everybody does it in Hawaii
She has a great body and even though I'm picky, being with a hula dancer in Hawaii is normal




Writer(s): Jimmie Rodgers, Elsie Mcwilliams

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Comments from YouTube:

Charles Sansom

This is one of the first songs I can remember hearing as a child. Brings back a lot of memories!

Sarah K.

How old are you? 100?

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@Sarah K. 🤣🤣

Vladimir Univasf

@Sarah K. Maybe he's grown in Hawaii-ah

Joao Nazareth

Great song and artist Thanks,Keith

Richie B

I love how he pronounces it "Hah-WAHYAH" !

Kamalani Hurley

Featuring Joe Kaipo on steel guitar

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R.K.T ❤

MissFaithLouise

I still have my mom's 78.

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