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In Blinky Winky Chinky Chinatown
Music by Jean Schwartz
Words by William Jerome

New York: Published by Waterson Berlin& Snyder Co.

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[Verse 1]
Lights blinky, winky Chinatown they brightly burn,
For those who yearn.
Sunshine in that land of no return,
What a great big lesson you can learn.
See that girl with dreamy, dreamy eye
Hear her sigh as she goes passing by.

Take me down to blinky, winky, Chinky, Chinatown,
Where the lights are burning when the sun goes down.
Down where dreamy dreamers dream sweet dreams,
In that land of gladness
Picking little poppies there among the hoppies.
There's no tomorrow, sorrow grief and care.
Oriental angels whisper,
"Take me there."
Ah Sing with his little pigtail wears no frown
Down in blinky, winky, Chinky Chinatown.

[Verse 2]
See that sallow, shallow looking youth with no regrets,
But lots of debts
Like to him is merely cigarettes,
What he used to be he just forgets.
On the corner see this son of Hop
Wink his eye and whisper to the cop.



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