This is my version for Elsie`s Band although I am still very fond of the original.
Make way oh make way for my eastern rose
Men crowd in dozens everywhere she goes
In a park or on the street or in some small cafe
Please make way for Rose you can hear men say
Rose, Rose I love with an aching heart
What is the future now that we must part.
Standing on the jetty as the steamer pulls away
Rose of Malaya I cannot stay
Rose,Rose I love you, on a Yamaha
Imitation leathers and a Kami Kazi scar
Pulling on a reefer in some dodgy dock cafe
Rose of Malaya, what would mum say.
Rose, Rose I love you but do be careful do
Temping as a geisha to earn a yen or two
Keep your wits about you when those Yankees come on shore
They`ll order suki yaki but want much more
All my life I will remember Oriental music and swaying palms
Perfumed flowers in your tresses, fragrant scented blossom and
you in my arms.
Rose, Rose I love you, remember Singapore
Five nights out of seven you knocked upon my door
I thought that our love was true as we lay cheek to cheek
But you charged me fifty dollars for that five day week.