I Like Chinese

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"I Like Chinese" is a comedic song written and performed by Eric Idle and arranged by John Du Prez. It features on Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album from 1980, and was issued as a 7" single in the UK on 3 October 1980. It was later included on the CD Monty Python Sings. The song has four verses; the first discussing how the world has become a terrible place (due in part to "nuclear bombs that can blow us all sky high"). The song then segues into a jaunty melody in which the singer states that he "likes Chinese". Broadly outlining stereotypes about Chinese people (an example of this is the stereotype that Chinese people are short, in the line "They only come up to your knees"), it also outlines the achievements of China and its people, including Chinese food, maoism, taoism, I-Ching, chess, penjing ("I like their tiny little trees"), Zen, ping pong, Yin and Yang, and Confucius. Near the end of the song, an erhu starts playing to add more Chinese atmosphere. A high-pitched voice created by sped-up playback and meant to represent a Chinese stereotype joins the chorus as well. 


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1980
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The world today seems absolutely crackers
With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky high
There's fools and idiots sitting on the trigger
It's depressing, and it's senseless, and that's why

I like Chinese
I like Chinese
They only come up to your knees
Yet they're always friendly and they're ready to to please

I like Chinese
I like Chinese
There's nine hundred million of them in the world today
You'd better learn to like them, that's what I say

I like Chinese
I like Chinese
They come from a long way overseas
But they're cute, and they're cuddly, and they're ready to please

I like Chinese food
The waiters never are rude
Think the many things they've done to impress
There's maoism, taoism, I Ching and chess

So I like Chinese
I like Chinese
I like their tiny little trees
Their zen, their ping-pong, their ying and yang-eze

I like Chinese thought
The wisdom that Confusious taught
If Darwin is anything to shout about
The Chinese will survive us all without any doubt

So, I like Chinese
I like Chinese
They only come up to your knees
Yet they're wise, and they're witty, and they're ready to please

All together now
我爱中国人
我爱中国人
我爱中国人
你好吗, 你好吗, 你好吗, 再见

I like Chinese
I like Chinese
Their food is guaranteed to please
A fourteen, a seven, a nine and lychees

I like Chinese
I like Chinese
I like their tiny little trees
Their zen, their ping-pong, their yin and yang-eze

I like Chinese
I like Chinese

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