I’ve listened to the theme to the Hawaii Five-O TV show a lot today and it sparked a memory that I’d once heard the theme with lyrics. As it happens, I was half right. Whilst the show used only the instrumental theme recorded by The Ventures, there were several versions of the song that added lyrics.
It is the recording by Sammy Davis Jr., entitled “You Can Count on Me (Hawaii Five-0 Theme)” that I can remember and it keeps the driving rhythm of the main theme.
After a quick search on Youtube, I found a version of the song by Hawaiian singer Don Ho that is my new personal favourite. “You Can Come with Me” starts quickly but slows to a nice ballad and is a fine departure from the original.
Ultimately, the original theme will always be the best option, a fact cemented by its use in the remake.
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