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Thread #71726   Message #1229092
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
19-Jul-04 - 01:44 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Ching Chong Chinaman Song
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ching Chung Chinaman Song
There was a playground song going around when I was a kid in Southern Wisconsin of Ching Chong Chinaman that seemed pretty dirty when I was 8 years old, but nothing as racy as this version. I remember all the words, but am content to let it fade out of memory.

And then of course there was "Two Irishmen men, two Irishmen, sitting in a ditch, one called the other a dirty son of a Peter Murphy, Peter Murphy.." And on it went, with the offensive word at the end of each line changed to the beginning word of the next line. I never thought it as racist, and other than the first line, it had nothing to do with any particular nationality..

As for the Chinaman song, I don't want to be any part of passing it on..