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HONG KONG BLUES Hoagy Carmichael 1939 Hoagy Carmichael (vocal & piano) Artie Bernstein (bass) Spike Jones (drums) recorded May 11th 1942 Los Angeles also rec by - Kenny Ball & his Jazzmen '64 George Harrison '81 Annie Ross '81 It's the story of a very unfortunate coloured man Who got 'rrested down in old Hong Kong. He got twenty years privelige taken away from him When he kicked old Buddha's gong; And now he's bobbin' a piano just to raise the price Of a ticket to the land of the free. Well, he say his home's in 'Frisco where they send the rice, But it's really in Tennessee; That's what he said! I need someone to love me, Need somebody to carry me Home to San Francisco, And bury my body there! Oh, I need someone to lend me A fifty dollar bill, and then I'll leave Hong Kong far behind me For happiness once again. Won't someone believe I've a yen To see that Bay again? But when I try to leave, Sweet opium won't let me fly away! I need someone to love me, Need somebody to carry me Home to San Francisco, And bury my body there! That's the story of a very unfortunate coloured man Who got 'rrested down in old Hong Kong. He got twenty years privelige taken away from him When he kicked old Buddha's gong. (Transcribed by Peter Akers - September 2012)

    


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