George Harrison - Hong Kong Blues Lyrics




It's the story of a very unfortunate coloured 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 says his home's in 'Frisco where they
send the rice
But it's really in Tennessee

That's why he says
I need someone to love me
Need somebody to carry me home to San
Francisco
And bury my body there
I need someone to lend me a fifty-dollar bill
and then
I'll leave Hong Kong far behind me
For happiness once again

Won't somebody believe
I've a yen to see that Bay again
Everytime 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 coloured 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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  1. Bobbi Conrad

    Sorry, Hoagy did it best.

  2. SK Shum

    Fine rendition!

  3. Knumbugs

    Hoagy Carmichael was a talented songwriter but if you ever heard him sing, well... enough said. Harrison's version is brilliant.

  4. Sloppyunderfoot

    My wife and I were talking about this song having just watched the Bogie Flick "To Have and Have Not". What a treat to find George Harrison's rendition. Wow!

  5. OceanSwimmer

    Great cover of a Hoagy Carmichael classic!! Thank you for posting!

  6. Rise Atlantis

    Wow George predicted how Rael would move to Asia!

  7. haruka

    わ〜これすきかも〜

  8. Hibiki

    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

  9. salamattamalas

    Hong Kong.....I love it

  10. Laurinda Gallant

    Written by Hoagy Carmichael. Interesting rendition by George.

    adarkerlight

    Was just watching To Have and Have Not, and Cricket (Hoagy) started playing this song, and it's new to me, but I *love* it! Cool to find this version, and another YT video is of a vinyl recording (faster version), but I like the version in the movie with the banjo the best.

    Duodale 1

    We know!

  11. terri rosen

    Beautiful George Video xxxx