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Thread #6971   Message #2418867
Posted By: GUEST,Alan Cohen, Beer Sheva, Israel
20-Aug-08 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'Once in China there lived a great man...
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Once in China there lived a great man...
My mother used to sing this song to me and my sisters when we were small and we have passed it on to our own kids. She says she learnt it from her father.

Her version is as follows:

Once in China, there lived a funny man
His name was Chikeraka Chu Chai Chan
His legs were long and his feet were short
The poor old man could hardly walk

Chikeraka chu chai chay chakalora
Bonjiora alla walla wax
Okey pokey hit him on the nokey
Itchy cotchy itchy cotchy winkle

Now this old man he went to see
To see the sights of Kangaree
The ship got wrecked and so you see
The poor old man was drownded

Repeat chorus