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Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You

Steve Parkes 15 Oct 03 - 07:06 AM
Steve Parkes 23 Oct 03 - 07:52 AM
GUEST,JOHN OF ELSIE`S BAND 23 Oct 03 - 08:40 AM
GUEST,JOHN OF ELSIE`S BAND 23 Oct 03 - 09:25 AM
Joe Offer 23 Oct 03 - 06:58 PM
RoyH (Burl) 23 Oct 03 - 07:16 PM
M.Ted 24 Oct 03 - 01:05 AM
GUEST 04 Mar 07 - 08:24 AM
Flash Company 04 Mar 07 - 10:11 AM
GUEST,trooper7h 03 Apr 10 - 08:55 AM
GUEST,Doc John 03 Apr 10 - 09:11 AM
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Subject: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 07:06 AM

What can you tell me about this song? It's the original Chinese version I'm interested in (title rhymes with make way; forgotten the spelling), not Frankie Laine's English version! I have an old 78 somewhere, but I can't find it, so I'm relying on you folks. Ta!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 07:52 AM

Refresh -- come on!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: GUEST,JOHN OF ELSIE`S BAND
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 08:40 AM


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: GUEST,JOHN OF ELSIE`S BAND
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 09:25 AM

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

Ref:-
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.


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Subject: ADDPOP: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 06:58 PM

Now, Steve, I know you want the Chinese version, but I think maybe we ought to have the Frankie Lane version, too.
-Joe Offer-


Rose Rose I Love You
--Artist: Frankie Laine as sung on "Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits"
-Columbia CS 8636
-peak Billboard position # 3 in 1951
-English Lyrics by Wilfrid Thomas, Arranged by Chris Langdon


Rose, Rose I love you with an aching heart
What is your future?, now we have to part
Standing on the jetty as the steamer moves away
Flower of Malaya, I cannot stay

Make way, oh, make way for my Eastern Rose
Men crowd in dozens everywhere she goes
In her rickshaw on the street or in a cabaret
"Please make way for Rose" you can hear them say

All my life I shall remember
Oriental music and you in my arms
Perfumed flowers in your tresses
Lotus-scented breezes and swaying palms

Rose, Rose I love you with your almond eyes
Fragrant and slender 'neath tropical skies
I must cross the seas again and never see you more
'way back to my home on a distant shore

(All my life I shall remember)
(Oriental music and you in my arms)
(Perfumed flowers in your tresses)
(Lotus-scented breezes and swaying palms)

Rose, Rose I leave you, my ship is in the bay
Kiss me farewell now, there's nothin' to say
East is East and West is West, our worlds are far apart
I must leave you now but I leave my heart

Rose, Rose I love you with an aching heart
What is your future?, now we have to part
Standing on the jetty as the steamer moves away
Flower of Malaya, I cannot stay

(Rose, Rose I love you, I cannot stay)


Transcribed by Robin Hood

These lyrics were transcribed from the specific recording mentioned above
and do not necessarily correspond with lyrics from other recordings, sheet
music, songbooks or lyrics printed on album jackets.

Source:http://www.lyricsdepot.com/frankie-laine/rose-rose-i-love-you.html
Does the novel (click) have anything to do with the song? Try this Google Search for a bit of information on the Chinese version of the song.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 07:16 PM

I remember the song being introduced on English radio in the late 40's or early 50's by a pioneer DJ named Wilfrid Thomas. He used to scour the world for his material. This was back when they chose their own material. One night he played this record by a Chinese lady (Oriental anyway,if not Chinese) singing a catchy tune with words that sounded to our ears like "Make Way, O Make Way". When I went to work the next day the whole factory was singing or whistling it. I can't remember the singers name but I do recall the Frankie Laine version. A good attempt by one of my favourite pop stars of the time, but without the charm of the original. I didn't know that Wilfrid Thomas did the English words but I remember his programmes well. They were consistently interesting.   thought of him as an outstanding broadcaster. He came from Australia I believe, or perhaps New Zealand. Burl.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: M.Ted
Date: 24 Oct 03 - 01:05 AM

The name of the song is "Mei gui, mei gui, wo ai ni"--in a movie of the same name from 1954, apparently--


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 08:24 AM

The lyrics implicitly talks about a Malayan Chinese hooker named Mei Gui ( Rose ) who serviced British sailors who were defending Malaya , a British Colony in 40s and 50s. After having fun with the hooker, the british sailor tells her that he could not stay and had to return home.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: Flash Company
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 10:11 AM

Remember this from way back, suspect Jack Jackson played the Chinese version on his record showand the English words came later (like they do!)
Remember my dear old Gran, who used to mangle lyrics singing it as 'Sitting on the petty as the steame moves away'. Petty was a Cheshire euphemism for the loo, the steamer is open to conjecture!

FC


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: GUEST,trooper7h
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 08:55 AM

I have the original track in my music library on my PC.
Trooper7h


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Subject: RE: Origins: Rose, Rose I Love You
From: GUEST,Doc John
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 09:11 AM

Cisco Houston actually recorded this in his non-folk (and possibly Gil) mode. There may be a download on the webpage devoted to him.

Doc John
Keeping the Woody & Cisco banner flying


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