Lyrics of Aloha for Sunday, July 5, 2020

“This song is so, so timely of what is happening in America. I wrote this song in that was sung by 350 young people known as the Continental Singers, directed by Cam Flora at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on July 4, 1976 — America’s 200th Birthday. I hope you like it.”

I don’t want to say goodbye to America

Please don’t let it fade away

We have come a long ways through wars blood and tears

We must stand together thru another hundred years.

I don’t want to say goodbye to America

We must show the world we’re one

From your highest mountains to your deep blue sea,

From fair Hawaii to the Statue of Liberty

I don’t want to say goodbye to America in these ever-changing times

We must walk together with people of all creeds

We must share each others’ hardships and needs

I don’t want to say goodbye to America,

Remember those who gave their lives.

Together we must walk hand in hand

Then I won’t have to say goodbye to America

America, my home.


Larry Rivera has been a musician on Kaua‘i for more than six decades, and shares the stories behind his songs in “Lyrics of Aloha,” appearing once a month in the Sunday edition of The Garden Island. Win prizes and earn an entry in the Vacations Hawai‘i Vegas vacation for two drawing by listening to KONG radio the following Monday and Tuesday between 6 and 8 a.m. and taking part in a contest based on the column.

  1. drsurf July 5, 2020 7:13 am Reply

    This is a video of Larry performing that song:

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