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Song Req: 'There was China Man...'

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Subject: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Helen
Date: 26 Dec 07 - 08:27 AM

My Dad used to sing a song to my brother in about 1938, which had the opening lyric "There was a china man with pig tail spic and span ha ha ha ha he he..."
Unfortunately that's all I know of the song and would really like to find out the name of it. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Stoke-on-Trent
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 08:41 PM

My Drandad (Clifford Owen) sang me this version:

There was a man from Chinatown his name was Licka Lacka Lee Law Chan
His head was tall and his feet were small and this little man had no nose at all
Licka Lacka Lee Law Hey Indora Icky Picky Pikey OK

They rolled him in the park one day and frightened all the kids away
They rolled him here, they rolled him there, they rolled him in a bamboo chair.
Licka Lacka Lee Law Hey Indora, In-Di-Ora, Icky Picky Pikey OK

Crappy lyrics but great memories :)


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: Paul Burke
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 03:22 AM

I think I asked about this song a while ago. All I know is:

There was a Chinaman
With pigtails spick and span
Ah hah ha ha ha ha
Who never would go out
When there was rain about
Ah hah ha ha ha ha
For rain, he used to say,
Washed pigtails all away
Ah hah ha ha ha ha ha ha
So indoors he would stay
On every rainy day
Ah hah ha ha ha ha

....
Just walk along the street
And him you're sure to meet
Ah hah ha ha ha ha
You're sure to find him there,
He walks without an air
Ah hah ha ha ha ha

The tune is George Formby-ish.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 09:49 AM

My Great Grandma used to sing this song to me and I would dearly love to find the lyrics. She sang it something like this:

In China there lived a China man, his name was Ching-a-rie-Ching-a-rie Chan,
His legs were long and his feet were small, this ChinaMan couldn't walk at all...singing,
Ching-a-rie, ching-a-rie Chan, riddle me this and (?)...
Scallopy, wallopy chinaco

See why I need the lyrics, my memory fails me


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,guest....
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 08:31 PM

My grandfather used to sing this one to all the grandchildren back in the 70's & 80's :)

Chick a chaloo chaloo chapan wallapa wallapa China Man...
There once there was a China man, his name was Chicka chaloo chapan
His head was big and his feet were small, so the poor China man couldn't walk.
Alas the China man to die and in his coffin he did lie
They sent the coffin to Japan and that was the end of the China man.

:)


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,julianne
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 10:04 PM

This is one of the first songs I learned from my mother around 1940:

In China lived a little man
His name was Chingalanga Chingalanga Chang
His legs were short and his feet were small
And this little man couldn't walk at all

Cho:
Chingalanga Chingalanga Chingalanga Chang
Raygo Daygo Happy man
Cudo Disco Codeo
Gallopy a Wallopy a Chiney go

Miss Skyhigh was short and fat
She had money and he had none
Under her window he would sat
Playing a tune on his little tum tum

Miss Skyhigh heard his notes of love
She held the washbowl up above
She let it fall on Chingalanga Chang
And that was the end of the happy man.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Ash
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:02 PM

my grandma taught me a version of this song, though it went a little different:

in all japan there lived a man:
his name was chika-racka-chi-chai-chang.
his legs were long, his feet were small,
the poor old man couldn't walk at all,
and they were singing;
chicka-racka-chi-chai-cho-chocalorum-winnopy-nag-catgo-toogo-ittycattykittyco-eyetipietichaitipieti-chaiingco.

the servants used to carry him out
on their backs and the folks did shout:
"here he comes! there he goes! the poor old chap with the funny funny nose!"
and they were singing:
chicka-racka-chi-chai-cho-chocalorum-winnopy-nag-catgo-toogo-ittycattykittyco-eyetipietichaitipieti-chaiingco.

lol epic


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Katie B
Date: 14 Mar 10 - 11:41 AM

Ok so my version I was thought when I was young is nothing like this....

The once was a china man called
chickaraca chickaraca chichickalora
bombilora willy willy wack
ohko ohko tiddy fi tiddy fi chinese talk
they took him on a motor car
told him not to go to far
the word was said
he fell on his head
and that was the end of the china man


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Kimberly
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:31 AM

We have a family song that has been passed down it goes:

Ohhhhhhhh--

I know a man in China town and his name is Chili-o, Chili-o Chan, his legs are long and his feet are short, and this is the way the China-man talk.



Ohhhhhhhh--

Chicka-la-leach a-lietch-a-low, chicka-la-Romeo in a bananna-co, wall-la-ka wall-la-ka China Sea, in a banana-co walcho.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 05:22 PM

my grandma used to sing this to me.

In China there lived a little man, his name was ching a ling ching a ling chang his head was big and his feet were small -- this little man can't walk at all

ching a ling ching aling ching a ling chang he'd go I'd go happy man. Buggle apress a bandy oar. Gullup and whallup and shine thee oar.

Mrs. Gowigger with words of love, raised the window high above, down there came a ching a ling chang -- that was the end of the China man.

ching a ling ching aling ching a ling chang he'd go I'd go happy man. Buggle apress a bandy oar. Gullup and whallup and shine thee oar.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Guest ..Sonja
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 12:06 AM

I was taught this song as a kid in primary school back in the 60's and we sang it like this:

There lived in China a very fine man, his name was chickeraka ching chine chang
His legs were big and his feet were small, this little man couldnt walk at all
Chickeraka ching chine chang chickerony ala ala fact and oak oak orner
itty kitty caterpillar rickaby ickaby oak oak oak


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 01:13 AM

My second grade teacher taught this version of the song:

Once in a China there lived an old man
Whose name was chica raka chic chac cho
He brushed his teeth with the horses tail
And combed his hair with a big shoe nail
Chica raka Chica raka Chic Chac Cho
itti pie kitty pie ee ay oh..


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 17 May 10 - 08:00 AM

Once in China there was a funny man his name was chikaraka chou chai chan his body was long his legs were short the poor little man could hardly walk, chikaraka chou chai chan chatty borra umdiddle ora alow wallow waxi oki doki hit him on the boki itchi gotchi itchi gotchi twinkle,

There are more verses to this but can't remember them and there seems to be many different versions to this??


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: civilservant
Date: 17 May 10 - 04:40 PM

So what is it about Chinese people that you need to insult them with these lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,grannylake
Date: 26 May 10 - 04:38 PM

There was a poor old China man, his name was Chinka-chaloo-chahan,
His teeth were short, his nose was long and this is the way he walked along.
Chinka-chaloo-chaloo-cha-pan, al-up-ee, al-up-ee, chinka-cha-lol-up-ee,
Chinka-chaloo-chaloo-cha-pan, al-up-ee, al-up-ee, Chinaman.

At last, this poor o;d man he died, and in his coffin he did lie,
They sent his coffin to Japan and this is the way his epitaph ran.
Chinka-chaloo-chaloo-cha-pan, al-up-ee, al-up-ee, chinka-cha-lol-up-ee,
Chinka-chaloo-chaloo-cha-pan, al-up-ee, al-up-ee, Chinaman.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 10 - 05:22 PM

my dad used to sing this one to me

there was an old man from china town his name was inki pinki poo pa chan
he had long legs and a turned down nose...the poor old man with the turned up toes.
inki pinki poo-pa chan chickalo-ra bobtailo-ra paddywaddywack oko doko witamonatoko wittama dittama cheerioko


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 07:53 AM

Our family song goes like this:

There once was a funnly little Chinese Man whose name was Chikka Lakka Lee Chor Chan.
His head was big and his feet were small but the funny little Chinese man he couldn't walk at all.

Oh - Chikka lakka lee chor chor chikkalorum indiorum paddy waddy whack. Oko boko paddy waddy whacky, ah moo!

They took him up to the top of a hill and they tossed him about with a good free will.
They tossed him here and they tossed him there and they tossed him in to a bamboo chair.

Oh - Chikka lakka lee chor chor chikkalorum indiorum paddy waddy whack. Oko boko paddy waddy whacky, ah moo!

------
My daughter is just learning it so the tradition continues!!


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Virginia Matthews
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 03:07 PM

We have yet another version of this song, it goes like this:

once in china there lived a funny man
his name was chicarakka chin chan man
his hair was long and his feet were short
and this little man couldn't walk or talk

oh, chicarakka chicarakka laura laura bom diddy eyedi
widdy widdy whack. Oko loco hit him on the boco diddy
by diddy by Chinese talk

they marched him up to the top of the hill
then rolled him down like a beechams pill

oh, chicarakka chicarakka laura laura bom diddy eyedi
widdy widdy whack. Oko loco hit him on the boco diddy
by diddy by Chinese talk

there are more verses but sadly I can't remember them :-(


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Subject: RE: Chingaling Chan
From: GUEST,cybersosie
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 03:14 PM

My Mother's version :

In China was a happy man,
His name was Chingaling, Chingaling Chan,
His head was big and his body was small,
The poor little man couldn't walk at all.

Miss Kyo was a Chinese maid,
Of Chingaling Chan she was much afraid,
Under her window he would go,
To play a tune on his little banjo.

Miss Kyo heard his notes of love,
She raised her little shoe from above,
She let it fall on the happy man,
And that was the end of Chingaling Chan.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,guest - Texas
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 12:07 PM

Lots of different versions of this song! My mother would sing a version of this when my brothers and I were children - 1950's. She also loved to sing Johnny Rebeck to us. These are the words she taught us:

There once was a Chinaman, who lived in old Japan,
His name was Chick-a-rie, Chick-a-rie Chan.
His feet were long, his toes were short
And this is the way the Chinaman talked,

(refrain)
"Chick a churie, che-li-che-lo, chick-a-rie romeo in a banana go
Wallago, wallago, chan-a-sea, in a banana go, wallago chow"

This Chinaman he had great wealth
He lived in a mansion all by himself
His neighbors built for him a boat
And in it they put the Chinaman afloat

(refrain)

The Chinaman he did die and in his coffin he did lie.
They sent him back to old Japan
And this is the way his epitaph ran

(refrain)


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,The Angry Scottsman
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 12:48 PM

My grandfather used to sing a version of this to me all the time. I it used to make me laugh and I loved it. I can't remember it 100% but here goes:

Once in China, there lived a great man
His name was Chickeri-Chee-Chi-Chan
His legs were long and his feet were short,
The poor old man couldn't walk or snort!

Oh, Chickeri-Chee-Chi-Chan, mungo-loro
Hock-o Poke-o, hit-em-on-the-coco!
Nucker-i Bucker-i, Chee-Chi-Chan
wack-em, pack-em, stack-em on their back-ums!

It was something like that, I know he had more rhyming non-sense after that and some more verses, but I don't remember any more, and he is no longer alive to ask.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Brian
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 08:56 PM

My Grandmother used to sing a version of this to us when we were young in the 70's in VA.

There once was an old China Man
His name was Chinka Chaloo Cha Lan
His Teeth were short, his hair was long
and this the way he walked along.

Chinka Chaloo Chaloo Cha Lan,
Cholopy olapy Chinka Cha Lolipy
Chinka Chaloo Chaloo Cha Lan


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 07:27 PM

My mom sang it like this:

There once was a man a funny little man
His name was kinko kine-a- man
His legs were tall and his feet were small
And the poor little msn couldnt walk at all
Sing ching- GA-lora, ching- GA-lora
ching- GA-lora hidey - pok- aWAY!

Why are there so many bizarre versions of this song???


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Aug 10 - 01:46 PM

There once was a man, a funny little man, his name was Chingco china man
His legs were tall and his feet were small, and the poor little fellow couldn't walk at all.
Sing chingalor chingalor chingalora hidy chuckaway
Iddy oddy ocka, hit him in the poka
Iddy oddy ocka , um pa pa


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,eddie and remi.
Date: 04 Oct 10 - 09:50 PM

this ia what i was taught in the 70's in melb primary school.

there lived in china a very old man
and his name was chicker racker ching chong chang
his legs where long and his feet were short
that poor little man couldn't walk at all

chicker racker ching chong, chi chicker roany
ala bala fat man, oak co coney
ichty kitchy catapillar
ica bok, ica bok
oak co coney.


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Subject: tRE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Samantha
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 03:58 PM

My nanny sang to me:

Once there was a chinaman


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Stephen
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 02:59 AM

What a racist thread!


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 03:12 AM

Hi, Stephen-
Well, the song is certainly racist. Whether the thread is racist or not, is another matter. Whatever the case, racist or not, the song in question is certainly a real folk song and a very good example of the folk process, how a song may take many different paths and develop many different versions.
But you're right...I cringe every time this thread comes up on the Forum Menu.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Stephen
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 12:54 PM

Hi Joe

Thanks for your constructive answer. I agree that Mudcat is not racist and sometimes very progressive. However a lot of people happen upon this site and a thread like this doesnt give a good first impression when they look at Mudcat.

My own personal view of such playground songs is that they can lead to bullying and worse.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Jonathan
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 02:35 PM

My Grandmother used to sing this to my sister and me back in 1970s

There was a wee man from china town
And his name was Chickalicka Brown
His head was big and his feet were small
So the poor wee man couldn't walk at all.

Chickalicka Chickalicka chi chickalorum
Chi chickalorum itchy kitchy coo
Oko moko setim ona poko
Itchy koo itchy koo ee eye o

They took him up to the top of a hill
And rolled him down on a beechams pill
The beechams pill was far too small
So they rolled him down on a tennis ball


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Linda
Date: 17 Jan 11 - 11:35 PM

There was a man in Chinatown
His name was Icka Chicka Chai Cho Cahn
His legs were long and his feet were small
The poor old man couldn't walk at all.

Icka Chicka Chai Cho Chuck Chicalora
Bobtail Dora paddy whack whack
Hit him on the po po
Hit him hard, hit him hard
There he goes,there he goes down the street.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 03 Feb 11 - 02:35 PM

Wild; who knew how this song has passed around the globe? I've always been a bit embarrassed by it, but like many my grandfather used to sing this to us.

The version I remember goes,

Once there was a Chinaman,
His name was Chicka-chaloo-cha-pan,
His nose was short and his teeth were long,
And this was the way he walked along,

Chicka-cha-loo, cha-loo, cha pan!
Hobbity-hobbity Chinaman.

Then this poor old man he died,
And in his coffin he did lie.
They shipped his coffin to Japan,
And that was the end of the Chinaman!

Chicka-cha-loo, cha-loo, cha pan!
Hobbity-hobbity Chinaman.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,ED
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 12:09 AM

is there any way to find the origin of this song because several of you have heard near identical versions to the song i heard


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Mtm
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 08:54 PM

I would really love to know the origin of this song too. Again, to me it was a silly weird song my mother used to sing back in the 60's and 70's when my sister and I were very young. Our version very similar.

In China once there lived a man,
His name was Chik-a-lee Chik-a-lee Chan
His feet were long and his toes were short,
And this is the way the Chinaman talked...

Ohhhhhh....
Chik - a - lee lee Chi Lie Chi Low,
Chik - a - la Romeo ena banana,
Koa - la, Koa - la Ka Chant A Geese
Enabanana go ouch e-owww.

The Chinaman, he had plenty of wealth,
He lived in a mansion all by himself,
His neighbors next door, they bought him a boat,
And sent the poor Chinaman afloat.

Ohhhhhh....
Chik - a - lee lee Chi Lie Chi Low,
Chik - a - la Romeo ena banana,
Koa - la, Koa - la Ka Chant A Geese
Enabanana go ouch e-owww.

The Chinaman, oh he did die,
And in his coffin he did lie,
They sent his body to Japan,
And that was the end of the Chinaman!

Ohhhhhh....
Chik - a - lee lee Chi Lie Chi Low,
Chik - a - la Romeo ena banana,
Koa - la, Koa - la Ka Chant A Geese
Enabanana go ouch e-owww.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,john tudor
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 09:28 PM

dad sang us this song handed down to his family from the ballarat goldfields

there once was a jolly little chinaman
with a nid nod nid nod nid
youve never seen such a little chinaman
with a nid nod nid nod nid,

down to the woodshed he went one day ,went one day,went one day
to gather little sticks together so , so
just to gather little sticks together so
and his dear little wife she would say oh!
with a nid nod nid nid nod nid nod nid nod nid nid nod nid nid

ha! ha! a diddly ha!ha! ha! with a nid nod nid nod nid


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 11 - 01:12 PM

I had it as

Once in China I met a funny man
his name was Chicaracka Chu Chi Chan
His arms were long - his legs were short
the poor old man could hardly walk
Chicaracka Chu Chi Chai Chickanora punchinorra ala wala winkle
Chicaracka Chu Chi Chai Chickanora punchinorra ala wala winkle

This old man he went to sea to see the sights of the Kangaree
The ship got lost and so you see
The poor old man got drownded
Chicaracka Chu Chi Chai Chickanora punchinorra ala wala winkle
Chicaracka Chu Chi Chai Chickanora punchinorra ala wala winkle


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Lau Lau
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 11:22 AM

My grandad taught me this song, I am reading it at his funeral next week. I remember telling this poem to a pair of chinese exchange students asking them to translate it as I really thought it was in the chinese language! (well i was only 11) :0)

There once was a China Man, His Name was Chicka Lacka Lee Chaw Chan, his head was big and his feet were small and this little china man, he couldnt walk at all....

ohhhhhhhh.....Chicka Lacka Lee Chaw,
Chaw Chicka-lorum,
Ind-eye oram,
Parra parra why
oko poko
parra parra why-ki
Armoo!


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Sep 11 - 09:35 PM

here's how i heard it in the 50's at camp
china man had a wife led him such an awful life
cut his pigtails off so long sold them for a chinese song
chikerack a chee chy cho chickalarro bungo lorro piggy wiggy wago
hoco poco hit em on the coco chitterbee chitterby chee chi cho


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,People!!!!!! My Mimi sang this to me, you ha
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 09:17 PM

In China there lived a wee little man
His name was Ching Ling Chin Ling Ching Lin Chan
His eyes were big and his feet were small
This little man couldn't talk at all

Chorus;

Ching Ling Chin Ling Ching Chan
He go I go happy man
He go singo banjo
Gallopy wallopy China man

Mrs. Goligh was short and stout
She had money and he had none
So under her window he would go
To play her a tune on his old banjo

Ching Ling Chin Ling Ching Chan
He go I go happy man
He go singo banjo
Gallopy wallopy China man

Mrs. Goligh


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Bev McBride
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 11:42 AM

We had a version of this song which has passed through the generations...we wanted to research tongue twisters for a project that my son is doing and I am amazed at all the versions I have found on this site.

In China there lived a Chinaman, his name was chickaracka-chee-chan-chan.
His feet were long and his legs were small and the poor little man couldn't walk at all.
So they took him up to the top of a hill
And they rolled him down like a rolling pin.
With a....
Chicka-racka-chee-chan-chor-chickalorum, pongo-lorum,many-pee-cat,
Cat go to go etty-ketty-catty-go, aye Japan Chinaman, chinese coo.

Would love to know the origins of this if anyone has a clue!!


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Anne - Bournemouth, UK
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 05:57 PM

My Grandma used to sing this to me in the 1950's - I wish I knew its origin. She also used to sing Chin Chin Chinaman Muchee Muchee Sad!

Chickaraka Ching Chang
Chai chaka lora
Onko Pora, Icki Picki ay
Oko Choko
Itti itti arti ko
Ittipa Ittipa
Ee ang koo


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,ginner18
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 09:13 PM

From what I remember my mom used to sing to me when I was 4 or 5.(I'm 70 now)
    In China there lived a little man, his name was Chingling, chingling Chan.
    His legs were short, his feet were small, this little man couldn't walk at all.
    Miska Hi was short and fat, she had money & he had none, under her window he would go and play a tune on his little banjo.
    Miska Hi with notes of love, held her washboard high above, let it fall on Chingling Chan and that was the last of the China man.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 11:55 PM

ok Ginner, the chorus Mom sang was something like this:
    Ching-a-ling, ching-a-ling, ching-a-ling chan,
    Ride-o deigo- happy man, He rode disco cordeo, galloping, walloping chineo.....
   so it would be interesting to know where on earth this song originated.....


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,999
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 12:03 AM

May I suggest it didn't originate in China?


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Reply to guest 999
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 12:59 AM

Very funny....only to you maybe


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Me
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 01:04 AM

This song has nothing to china (in general)...it was just a song our mom sang to us.If you have a problem with that,take it to a higher court.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,999
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 01:44 AM

You see nothing wrong with racism. I'm sure it's a hit with your Chinese friends. I get it. Now, kindly get stuffed.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 02:27 AM

Well, we do wonder why these "Chinaman" songs come up so frequently, and why people seem to think they're cute. They're also very bigoted songs, a product of another age that has gone by.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 02:51 AM

Can this thread just drop off? I'm offended every time it comes up.


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Subject: RE: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
From: GUEST,Ginner
Date: 03 Jan 12 - 09:08 PM

If this thread offends you...why do you click on it? It doesn't just..come up. This was just a little song my mom used to sing to us kids. Was curious when & why it originated. There was no bigotry or racist comments in it...click on something else or get a life.


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