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No. 5 - Song - Yen How - "Six little wives"

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Yen How: Oh, my name is Yen How, I'm a Mandarin great,
And this is my famous umbrella of state,
And these are the robes that my office contrives,
And these, if you please, are my six little wives.
Wives: Yes, we are his six little wives.
Yen How: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
With his one little, two little, three little, four little,
Five little, six little wives!
Wives: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
Yen How: With his one little, two little, three little, four little,
Five little, six little wives!
   
Yen How: But I never forget when my temper they vex,
That my six little darlings have six little necks;
So it's possible quite when again I arrive,
That these six little women will only be five!
Wives: Alas, we shall only be five!
Yen How: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
With his one little, two little, three little, four little,
Five little, live little wives!
Wives: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
Yen How: With his one little, two little, three little, four little,
Five little, live little wives!
   
Yen How: Though a hair of their heads it would pain me to hurt,
Yet I fear there is one who's a bit of a flirt,
And if I should catch her and anything more,
Then my six little pets I must limit to four,
Wives: His pets he will limit to four.
Yen How: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
With his one little, two little, three little, four little,
Left little, live little wives!
Wives: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
Yen How: With his one little, two little, three little, four little,
Left little, live little wives!
   
Yen How: Of course they're the six little wives that I love,
And suspicion I think they're completely above
But if anything wrong I should happen to see
I shall order a further reduction to three.
Wives: A further reduction to three.
Yen How: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
With his one little, two little, three little, lone little,
Left little, live little wives!
Wives: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
Yen How: With his one little, two little, three little, lone little,
Left little, live little wives!
   
Yen How: They are beautiful girls and they're all very young,
But each of my six little wives has a tongue,
If their chatter annoys I must put on the screw,
And my talkative poppets will dwindle to two!
Wives: His poppets will dwindle to two.
Yen How: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
With his one little, two little, lorn little, lone little,
Left little, live little wives!
Wives: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
Yen How: With his one little, two little, lorn little, lone little,
Left little, live little wives!
   
Yen How: And if when my favours are showered on two,
Those two take to fighting, as two women do,
There's one thing alone that remains to be done--
My dovecot in future must hold only one.
Wives: His dovecot will only hold one!
Yen How: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him a very long life,
With his one little, last little, lorn little, lone little,
Left little, live little wife!
Wives: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him a very long life,
Yen How: With his one little, last little, lorn little, lone little,
Left little, live little wife!
   
Yen How: But of one little wife I shall weary, I fear,
So the last of the six will in time disappear,
And Yen How will be seen, if her loss he survives
Starting bus'ness again with a dozen new wives!
Wives: Oh, think of a dozen new wives!
Yen How: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
With his two little, four little, six little, eight little,
Ten little, twelve little wives!
Wives: Kow-tow, kow-tow
To the great Yen How,
And wish him the longest of lives,
Yen How: With his two little, four little, six little, eight little,
Ten little, twelve little wives!

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