Island Mele: De Lima salutes ‘Mariota’

Oct. 15, 2015 | 0 Comments


Comedian Frank De Lima and his partner in parodies, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning composer/lyricist Patrick Downes, have given Hawaii a long list of memorable satirical songs with political subjects.


Frank De Lima (Pocholinga Productions)

They’ve commented on the insider world of Bishop Estate trustees, the opposition to inter-island ferry service, the claims by political fringe groups that President Obama was born in Kenya, and the controversies surrounding the $6-billion Oahu rail project.

This one is something of a change in that there’s nothing political or controversial about it.

The humorous element is that De Lima starts off claiming Hawaii-born Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as Portuguese. Mariota is of Samoan ancestry, and De Lima eventually concedes, “I can dream he’s Portuguese.”

De Lima and Downes built the song on the melody and arrangement of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” which was written by George Bruns and Thomas W. Blackburn for Walt Disney in 1954. The production values are economical synth track stuff, but with good reason since “Marcus Mariota” is available for free as a download at De Lima’s website.

A payment of any amount supports De Lima’s nonprofit Frank De Lima Student Enrichment Program, and Bruns and Blackburn’s heirs will appreciate the composers’ royalties due them as well.

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