Does Anyone Know the Song, “I’m a Little Chinese Doll from Across the Sea”?

Sandy wrote looking for help with lyrics to a Chinese New Years song. Here’s what she wrote…

Looking for the entire words to an old song “I’m a Little Chinese Doll from across the sea. Where the lovely lotus blooms neath a cherry tree. Paper dragons you will meet on a Chinese New Year, Winding up and down the street on a Chinese New Year. Evil Spirits cannot stay when the dragon’s on his way. Firecrackers POP all day on a Chinese New Year…” Anyone ever heard this song and is there more of it? Please let me know, I need it for my little granddaughter to sing… She so loves it but we think there is more. Thanks for the help.

If anyone know of more lyrics to this song, or if you know anything about the origins of it, please let us know about it in the comments below.

Thanks!

Mama Lisa

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14 Responses to “Does Anyone Know the Song, “I’m a Little Chinese Doll from Across the Sea”?”

  1. Melanie Says:

    My dad used to sing a song in norwegian…something like, rea rea runkin…and at the end it was Bow Wow Wow, that was a dog…do u know it

  2. Lisa Says:

    We have that version of Ride Ride Ranke on our Norwegian pages. Check it out at the link to see if it’s the one you’re looking for.

    Otherwise, check out the discussion going on about Rida rida ranke and its variations in different languages (including Norwegian, Danish and Swedish) on my blog.

    Mama Lisa

  3. Chrissy Says:

    I was just singing this song yesterday to to my husband. I heard a tune on a computer came my daughter was playing and it jogged my memory. I googled it today to see if I could find all they lyrics. I remembered learning it in 4th grade ( I’m now 35)
    aside from the parts you have on here, here is all I can remember.

    I’m a little Chinese doll from across the sea, where the lovely lotus bloom, near a cherry tree
    Chopsticks are for eating rice, when you live in China
    drinking hot green tea is nice, when you live in China
    On a flute of “something i cant remember” bamboo, playing tuu laa loo laa loo, is a “pleasant?” “lovely?” thing to do, when you live in China…

  4. renee Says:

    I Need A Break
    by Renee S.

    This world is heartless, this world is so cold
    Must make a million before you get too old.
    If you don’t own everything they say you should
    You’re not worth knowing. Always be misunderstood.
    So if you don’t see me for a while just want you to know
    I’m still around just inside my head inside my home.
    I need to spend time thinking how to solve my life.
    Just overwhelmed by all the vanity and the strife.

    [Chorus]

    I need a break from all the pressure and the pain.
    Feel for my friends whose lives are just so insane.
    Seems like I’m on a treadmill going nowhere fast.
    Sometimes I wonder just how long this phase can last.
    My head is shutting down just need to close my eyes
    It may be things won’t seem so bad when I arise.
    Should count my blessing. I’m told I’m still alive
    Just doesn’t feel I am. Spend my life trying to hide.
    Each time I add someone else’s problems to my own
    I cloud out my own troubles until I am alone.
    Then my head floods with everything I need to think about
    I just don’t need the worries forced anxiety and doubt.

    [Chorus]

    I need a break from all the pressure and the pain.
    Feel for my friends whose lives are just so insane.
    Seems like I’m on a treadmill going nowhere fast.
    Sometimes I wonder just how long this phase can last
    Who’ll rescue me? Take me away from this misery.
    I need to get away. Somewhere I can feel free.
    I need a paradise. I need Eden in my street.
    A place that’s tranquil and serene and where I want to be.

    [Chorus]

    I need a break from all the pressure and the pain.
    Feel for my friends whose lives are just so insane.
    Seems like I’m on a treadmill going nowhere fast.
    Sometimes I wonder just how long this phase can last.

    But just call if you need me.

    (THE END)

    Hope u liked it! btw, i wrote this so you can check youtube or anywhere i didn’t steal it!!

  5. Joanne Says:

    I sang this song as a first grader in a Christmas play….I remember all the words:

    I’m a little Chinese doll, from across the sea
    Where a lovely lotus blooms
    Near a cherry (or berry) tree

    Chopsticks are for eating rice
    When you live in China
    Drinking hot green tea is nice
    When you live in China
    On a flute of light bamboo
    Playing too ra loo ra loo
    Is a pleasant thing to do
    When you live in China

    I’m a little Chinese doll
    From across the sea
    Where a lovely lotus blooms
    Near a berry (cherry) tree

    Paper dragons you will meet
    On the Chinese New Year
    Winding up and down the street
    On the Chinese New Year
    Evil spirits can not stay
    When the dragon comes your way
    (then the firecracker line, which is not what I recall, but…maybe that’s it)
    On the Chinese New Year

    repeat chorus

  6. Paul Says:

    I took the i need a break song and wrote a melody to it and everything. my email is fenderman34@yahoo.com let me know if you’d like to hear it!!!!

  7. Graysea Says:

    My little sister used to sing this song too. She is now 46!!!
    The line Joanne cannot remember is: “firecrackers pop all day”

  8. Lisa Says:

    This is crazy!! I can’t believe other people know this song. I learned it in school in about 1961. thanks for posting.

  9. Shelly Says:

    I am going crazy My daddy used to sing a song about a little china girl when I was little. I am now 47 and I don’t remember the words but I thought it was a drunken sailor song. I now have a ten year old and I was talking to her about songs my dad sang to me but when I look at these words they don’t look or sound right it was a silly little ditty. My mom had a stroke many years back and she remembers the song slightly but she to can not remember the words.

  10. Jennifer Says:

    I sang that Chinese New Year song in first or second grade and I’m now 42, so must have been around 1976. It was at Wilmington Elementary School. Joanne’s lyrics are what I remember, and Graysea’s “firecrackers POP all day!” is correct also.

  11. William Freeman Says:

    My brother sang it to me before I started kindergarten. ..I would love to here it…I am now 54 years old!

  12. Alec Says:

    I know this is an old thread, but I went to Catholic school in Buffalo K-2, and this was played on an old 45 by my K teacher. We had several Korean kids in class, one barely knew English. Another had a habit of stealing food, which I was told he had to do back in his country. I think they liked the introduction of things like this from the orient in class. This would have been the 71/72 school year. So, I’m amazed that others remember it.

  13. Susan Johnson Says:

    I sang this song Little Chinese Doll in 1970, 1st grade Christmas play. I was singing to one of my friends today. Searched to see if anyone else knew it!!

  14. Tommy Demis Says:

    I sang this song in my first grade play in 1963… I am 62 now, but still remember the first line of the song and the melody… Thank you all, this was driving me crazy not remembering the rest of the lyrics.

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