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    I foo China

    I foo China, I foo Hongkong
    What does it mean?

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    Re: I foo China

    The lyricist may know the answer. As far as I can tell, the words are in a made-up language with elements of English, Caribbean Creole, German, and possibly French.

    It sure is a catchy tune though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I foo China

    The so-called 'lyricist' of that song is none other than the legendary king of dub himself, Mr. Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Scratch could be considered, putting it mildly, as 'eccentric among eccentrics'. He's 81 now and in recent years has produced less and less coherence in his lyrical output, even by his standards.

    In this song, he is largely improvising around the word do (Scratch is 'Dr. Do') by using other words that rhyme (boo,coo,foo). If you listen from 2:55, I think he says:

    I no crazy, mon. (I am a king! I am a meeny meeny meeny!)
    What I would do for you.
    What I do, will do.
    Who I boo, will boo.
    Who I foo, will foo.
    Who I coo, will-
    I foo China. I foo Hong Kong.
    I foo Mr. Wong. And I foo Mr. Kong.
    I foo China.

    As a lifelong fan, my intuition tells me that the I foo China lyric was completely unplanned and came to Mr. Perry suddenly in a flash of inspiration. As for what it means, only Scratch could tell you, and even then I'm not so sure.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 21-Mar-2017 at 20:55.

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    Re: I foo China

    It's more a question of whether it sounds good than whether it means much. And it does sound good.

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