[Dixielandjazz] CD Sales Numbers - 2006

Bill Gunter jazzboard at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 8 11:42:10 PST 2007

Hi all,

Listmate Pat Ladd wrote:

". . . A friend of mine had the Goons Ying Tong Song played as the mourners 
left the service. You can`t listen to that with out grinning. Happiest 
looking bunch of mourners ever seen."

For those of you unfamiliar with the Ying Tong Song I humbly affix the 
lyrics at this juncture:

Ying tong, ying tong
Ying tong, ying tong
Ying tong iddle i-po

I used to know where the syllables "Ying Tong" origninated but I forgot just 
where it was.

I believe that composer, Spike Milligan, took them (the syllables) out of 
context from another word or set of words.  It might have been the name 
"Washington" and he simply kept repeating the last two syllables " . . . ing 
ton" and it evolved into "ying tong."   Perhaps not - my memory is quite 
faulty on this score.

I assume some of the more knowledgeable amongst you will recall the exact 
derivation of this charming and quaint lyric.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill "Goons fan" Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com

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