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Thread #6971   Message #2501853
Posted By: GUEST,dawn-in-nz
26-Nov-08 - 05:17 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'Once in China there lived a great man...
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Once in China there lived a great man...
I was reading an old book in Google today and came across the words 'O Cockalorum' which immediately brought to mind a ditty by father used to sing to me when I was little - he was born in 1910. So I've just googled the first line of that ditty and came up with this thread - had a fun half an hour reading them all! So here's my version of it, which by the way I sing to my grandchildren and they love it. I haven't a clue how to spell anything so I'm going to spell it phonetically.

The Kiwi Version

In China once there live a great man
His name was Chicory Chee Chi Can
His legs were fat his feet were small
This Chinaman couldn't walk at all

Chee Chi Cho Cockalorum
Mandiddleorum many king man
Wendor Goudor itty kitty pie
Chitty kitty pie China Coooooo

I've obviously made up some of the words from what I remember which isn't a lot these days!

BTW Cockalorum - means 'self important little man'.