I Ali'i No 'Oe (You Are A Chief) - Traditional

 

I ali'i no 'oe i kanaka au la
Malalo aku au a'o ko leo la
 
 
I noho aku au a i kuke nau la
I kuene ho'i na ko nui kino la
 
 
He keu 'oe a ke aloha 'ole la
I neia mau maka 'imo aku nei la
 
 
Ko 'ike mai no a he palupalu la
A he 'iwi ha'i wale ko ka 'amakihi la
 
 
'O ka pou kaena iho keia la
E 'ui'ui nei ke kaula 'ili la
 
 
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana la
I ali'i no 'oe i kanaka au la
You are a chief, I am a commoner
Below you, I am obedient to your command
 
 
While you sit, I cook for you and
Wait on your big body
 
 
You are too much, I've lost my love for you
Those eyes wink at someone else
 
 
I know your tenderness for another bird
This bird will break the bonds that bind
 
 
This is the mast that boasts of itself
The rope that squeaks
 
 
The story is told
You are a chief, I am a commoner