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Ballad of Marcus Mariota is latest Frank DeLima parody

September 10th, 2015

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Just in time for Marcus Mariota’s big game Sunday (Sept. 13), when his Tennessee Titans face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A song of his own, exploring his island legacy, performed by — who else? — the Pauoa Portuguese prince of  pranks, Frank DeLima.

The witty ditty is entitled “The Legend of Marcus Mariota” and  sung to the tune of yesteryear’s  “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” tracks the Heisman Trophy winner’s rise to national fame, as (sorta) seen through the eyes and wisdom of DeLima’s Aunty Mary Tunta character.

“The running joke is that she (Aunty) believes that Marcus is Portuguese,” said DeLima of the running gag in the parody. He’ll perform this song for the first time  — in his Aunty wig and muumuu —at his Grandparents Day noontime show this Sunday (Sept. 13) at the Pagoda Restaurant.

The Mariota track, available on DeLima’s website (, can be downloaded with a voluntary donation to DeLima’s educational tour funds.

“I rushed to get the song out before his first NFL game,” said DeLima of the parody. “I don’t know if it’ll be appropriate, but  I wanted him to Portuguese and a copy of the song has been sent to Mariota’s mom,” in hopes that he’ll find a chuckle in the local boy tribute.

The downloadable track features David Kauahikaua’s musical support, with atmospheric “Davy Crockett” banjo riffs, but DeLima plans to render his  live version a capella  till he’s fully comfortable in belting out the lines. “The recording track is fast; it pushes me and makes me forget the words.”

Here are the lyrics:


Born in Hawaii on the 10-yard line,

Six hours old he began to shine,

Took the snap  from his mom, he was looking fine,

Threw his bottle 80 yards and flashed a shaka sign.

Marcus Mariota, he must be Portuguese.


Grew up tall as a coconut tree,

Strong as a shark and quick as a bee,

Once threw a pineapple across the sea,

Hit a feral chicken on Moloka‘i.

Marcus Mariota, he’s gotta be Portuguese.


Went to Saint Louis, for high school,

Won every game while he kept every rule,

He was so hot, that he was cool,

With  a perfect GPA, he was no fool.

Marcus Mariotta, OK, he’s Samoan Portuguese


Played for Oregon University

Became a star with a Heisman Trophy

Now in the  National Football league

Eating grits not poi in Tennessee


Marcus Mariota, alright,  he’s Samoan NOT Portuguese

Marcus Mariota, oh well, I can dream he’s Portuguese





2 Responses to “Ballad of Marcus Mariota is latest Frank DeLima parody”

  1. NotNasti:

    We're still waiting for a Billy Kenoi parody. Frank?

  2. judy:

    Too cute. Frank DeLima a Classic Legend. Love it and him.

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