Hong Kong Blues

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"Hong Kong Blues" is a popular song composed by American songwriter Hoagy Carmichael in 1939. It was featured in the 1944 film To Have and Have Not, an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel by the same name. Former Beatle George Harrison covered the tune on his 1981 album Somewhere in England. Also, the Quebecer Dédé Fortin presented his cover of "Hong Kong Blues" with Les Colocs on their album Atrocetomique.


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It's the story of a very unfortunate colored man
Who got arrested down in old Hong Kong
He got twenty years privilege taken away from him
When he kicked old Buddha's gong

And now he's poppin' the 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 why 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 behind me for happiness once again"

Won't somebody 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 colored man
Who got arrested down in old Hong Kong
He got twenty years privilege taken away from him
When he kicked old Buddha's gong

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Hoagy Carmichael

Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael (November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He is best known for composing the music for "Stardust", "Georgia on My Mind", "The Nearness of You", and "Heart and Soul", four of the most-recorded American songs of all time. more »

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