Monday, July 5, 2010

He's Coming Soon/ Aloha 'Oe

Ever since I can remember and long before that, our church has been singing "He's Coming Soon" right before the benediction. I know my mom and dad had mentioned before that the tune was borrowed from an old Hawai'ian song, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear it in Lilo and Stitch. I was working myself up into a crying spell (it's that part where Lilo's sister's about to give her up) and suddenly it dawned on me that the tune Nani was singing was that of "He's Coming Soon". I got so excited (I know - the things I get excited over...) about my discovery that I forgot about my tears and started googling.

So anyway, here's "Aloha 'Oe":

Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe Farewell to thee, farewell to thee
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace, One fond embrace,
A hoʻi aʻe au 'Ere I depart
Until we meet again Until we meet again

I couldn't find a video of somebody actually singing "He's Coming Soon", but if you go to this page, you'll hear the tune and see the complete lyrics. In our church, we only sing the chorus:

He’s coming soon, He’s coming soon;
With joy we welcome His returning;
It may be morn, it may be night or noon—
We know He’s coming soon.

I guess I just wanted to share. :) Btw, I just wrote another article for Bukisa. See here. It was supposed to be for July 2 (which is "I Forgot Day"), but it didn't go live until yesterday or today...


Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Nice lyrics- I hadn't heard that version before.

maf said...

wow, nice one,ivy.what a pleasant surprise.
so touching. :-)

The Darkest Night said...

that's pretty cool! :-)
I think I need to watch Lilo & Stitch again :-)

spinninglovelydays said...

@Sharkbytes: Of "He's Coming Soon"? I know there's another, more popular hymn with the same title, but this is the one we've always sung :)

@Maf: I know, right? The story of the Hawai'ian song is really lovely. :)

@Annika: It is, isn't it? I just caught it in the Disney Channel, lol

Lala said...

you made me download the movie again and we watched it last night. I asked justin if he recognized the song.. he was like, oh my! pastor is really at it! hahaha! he said it right! thanks for sharing this. :)

robert said...

Interesting post. If you'd like a bit more information on the original song, and on "He's Coming Soon," you can check out my daily hymn blog for this morning, Wordwise Hymns. (Today is the 93 anniversary of the death of Queen Liliuokalani, who wrote the melody.)

And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at my own, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)

spinninglovelydays said...

Thank you. I'd love to check out your site and your book. :)