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No. 24 - Song - Yen How - "I mean to introduce it into China"

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Yen How: I used to think a Chinaman
Was twenty times as fine a man
As any born of European nations.
Our manners were superior
To anything exterior
And had been so for many generations.
But now there's not a doubt of it
That China will be out of it
Unless we can effect a vast improvement.
We'll copy the variety
Of Western high society
And I will be the leader of the movement.
So we'll imitate the styles
Of the blessed British Isles,
Though the reason isn't easy to divine — Ah!
But they do it in the West,
So of course it must be best,
And I mean to introduce it into China.
Chorus: So we'll imitate the styles
Of the blessed British Isles,
Though the reason isn't easy to divine — Ah!
But they do it in the West,
So of course it must be best,
And I mean to introduce it into China.
   
Yen How: An English woman's passion is
To know what Paris fashion is
In order to astonish all beholders,
They look like ancient Goddesses
In modern evening bodices,
The kind that hasn't much about the shoulders.
The dress and other drapery
Must not be loose or vapoury,
The tightly fitting skirt is now de rigueur,
And judging from designs of it
The undulating line of it
Will cost as well as show a pretty figure.
Though you never can be sure
They are perfectly secure
By the men they are consider'd quite divine — ah!
And I'm told that in the West
They are worn by all the best,
So I mean to introduce them into China.
Chorus: Though you never can be sure
They are perfectly secure
By the men they are consider'd quite divine — ah!
And I'm told that in the West
They are worn by all the best,
So I mean to introduce them into China.
   
Yen How: Some Foreign Pow'rs are saying how
That Britain is decaying now,
That is the text of Iconoclastic sermons,
The French agree at any rate
That England is degenerate,
Whatever they may think about the Germans.
They tell the doom that shall be on
The perfidy of Albion
And say they could invade her in a minute,
Defeat her and demolish her
And utterly abolish her
But nobody is anxious to begin it.
For these daring foreign blades
Get the tip from Doctor Leyds
And I'm told he pays them half a franc a line — ah!
They may write till all is blue,
But for all the harm they do
They might just as well be somewhere out in China!
Chorus: For these daring foreign blades
Get the tip from Doctor Leyds
And I'm told he pays them half a franc a line — ah!
They may write till all is blue,
But for all the harm they do
They might just as well be somewhere out in China!
   
Yen How: Although extremely fervidly
And almost unreservedly
I copy English methods to the letter,
I know a case political
To which, if I were critical,
I might declare the Eastern plan the better.
Some people contradictory
Bewail a British victory
And cheer for the successes of the others,
And if the mules should run away
And take a mountain gun away
They greet the mules as Patriots and brothers!
Now in China bear in mind
When a man like that we find,
We chop him up particularly fine — ah!
And I think they'd find it best
If they tried it in the West,
It discourages disloyalty in China!
Chorus: Now in China bear in mind
When a man like that we find,
We chop him up particularly fine — ah!
And I think they'd find it best
If they tried it in the West,
It discourages disloyalty in China!

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