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by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)
Don't bet your money on de Shanghai
De Shanghai chicken when you put him in de pit, He'll eat a loaf of bread up, but he can't fight a bit De Shanghai fiddle is a funny little thing And ebry time you tune him up he goes ching! ching! CHORUS: Oh! de Shanghai! Don't bet your money on de Shanghai! Take de little chicken in de middle ob de ring But don't bet your money on de Shanghai. I go to de fair for to see de funny fowls De double headed pigion and de one eyed owls De old lame goose wid no web between his toes He kills himself a laughing when de Shanghai crows. (CHORUS) De Shanghai's tall but his appetite is small He'll only swallow ebry thing that he can overhaul Four bags of wheat just as certain as your born A bushel of potatoes and a tub full of corn. (CHORUS)
- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864), "Don't bet your money on de Shanghai", 1861. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: T. P. (Peter) Perrin
This text was added to the website: 2011-11-10
Line count: 19
Word count: 149