ʻUkulele Lady - Words by Gus Kahn, Music by Richard A. Whiting 

I saw the splendor of the moonlight on Honolulu bay
There's something tender in the moonlight on Honolulu bay
And all the beaches are full of peaches
Who bring their ukes along
And in the glimmer of the moonlight
They love to sing this song

If you like-a ʻukulele lady ʻukulele lady like-a you
If you like to linger where it's shady ʻukulele lady linger too
If you kiss-a ʻukulele lady while you promise ever to be true
And she see another ʻukulele lady fool around with you 

Maybe she'll sigh
Maybe she'll cry
Maybe she'll find somebody else
Bye and bye to sing to
When it's cool and shady
Where the tricky wicki wackies woo
If you like-a ʻukulele lady
ʻUkulele lady like-a you
She used to sing to me by moonlight on Honolulu bay
Fond memories cling to me by moonlight
Although I'm far away
Some day I'm going where eyes are glowing
And lips are made to kiss
To see somebody in the moonlight and hear the song I miss

The ʻukulele was brought to Hawaiʻi from Madeira, Portugal in 1879. Three immigrants are credited with introducing the stringed instrument: Manuel Nunes, Augusto Diaz and Jose do Espirito Santo. These three played for the royal court and performed throughout Hawaiʻi. King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani both played the ʻukulele and were instrumental in promoting it's popularity. There are three theories on how the ʻukulele (jumping flea) was named. 1) Playing of the instrument was described as finger movements jumping like fleas; 2) Edward Purvis' nickname was ʻukulele and the instrument was known as ʻUkulele's instrument; 3) Purvis's fingers looked like jumping fleas when he played.
© 1925 Irving Berlin Inc.