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ter 16 Mar 99 - 09:58 PM
Craig 16 Mar 99 - 11:03 PM
ter 16 Mar 99 - 11:20 PM
Bob Bolton 17 Mar 99 - 01:21 AM
ter 17 Mar 99 - 06:37 PM
Joe Offer 17 Mar 99 - 08:20 PM
17 Mar 99 - 10:30 PM
sail 18 Mar 99 - 10:53 PM
catspaw49 18 Mar 99 - 10:57 PM
reggie miles 18 Mar 99 - 11:24 PM
Night Owl 19 Mar 99 - 12:39 AM
Jerry Friedman 19 Mar 99 - 12:31 PM
Alice 19 Mar 99 - 06:30 PM
GUEST,Debbie Glauch 15 Mar 00 - 10:16 PM
Alice 15 Mar 00 - 10:46 PM
Metchosin 15 Mar 00 - 11:52 PM
Dicho 05 Jul 02 - 05:35 PM
Malcolm Douglas 05 Jul 02 - 10:10 PM
Dicho 05 Jul 02 - 10:51 PM
Malcolm Douglas 05 Jul 02 - 11:27 PM
Celtic Soul 05 Jul 02 - 11:51 PM
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Subject: king of the cannibals
From: ter
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 09:58 PM

Looking for lyrics to King of the cannibal islands..Hokey Pokey Winky wum...etc....Dad used to sing it but he only knew two verses...are there more?


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: Craig
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 11:03 PM

ter,

Go to the box in the upper right corner. Type if the word cannibals. You will see three songs listed. Check out the one that says The Darwinian Theory. See if that is it.

Craig


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: ter
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 11:20 PM

That's not it...I'm still looking.


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 01:21 AM

G'day ter,

I seem to remenber submitting a full version of this in a thread some time last year - you could try "Refresh Thread" - 365 (or start with 90) days and "cannibal" in the filter.

Regards

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: ter
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 06:37 PM

Thanks but still no help...
It starts:

I happened, boys, to make my way
To the cannibal islands one fine day,
And that is where I chose to stay,
Down in the cannibal islands. Chorus

We had oyster pudding with monkey sauce
And little boy stew for second course,
All stirred up in an old dead horse,
Down in the cannibal islands. Chorus

But that's all I know...
Would appreciate the rest...
Ter

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 8-Jul-02.


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 08:20 PM

Click here for another Cannibal thread. I think it mentions your song, Ter, but doesn't give the whole thing. Maybe it'll help, though.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From:
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 10:30 PM

thanks but I'm still looking..does anyone know which book I might find this in? Bob Boulton said he did in Aug last year... but he didn't give a book name.. Thanks again Ter


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: sail
Date: 18 Mar 99 - 10:53 PM

The one I learned was:

The cannibal king with the big nose ring
Fell in love with the dusky maid
And every night in the pale moonlight
It would sound like this to me

Ah ump (kiss sound, twice)
Ah ump (kiss sound, twice)
Ah ump iddy ide ayaa
Etc. etc.

The years went by like one, two, three
And soon they had a fam-i-ly
And every night in the pale moonlight it would sound
Like this to me-e-e
Ah ump mama, ah ump papa
Etc.

... the years went by like 2, 3,4
And soon that family had some more
And every night...
Ah ump grandma, etc.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 8-Jul-02.


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Mar 99 - 10:57 PM

Could you be looking for "Wabash Cannibal" ???????

catspaw


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: reggie miles
Date: 18 Mar 99 - 11:24 PM

That's it! I knew I heard of this song before. I wasn't sure with those first few replies. The Wabash can-nibble.

Thanks catspaw. You silly goose. I got a good giggle out of that one.

Reggie


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: Night Owl
Date: 19 Mar 99 - 12:39 AM

sail...Thanks for posting those verses! I don't know if your words are what ter was looking for, but I learned the same song and since first reading this thread could only get as far as "Cannibal king with the big nose ring".


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Subject: RE: king of the cannibals
From: Jerry Friedman
Date: 19 Mar 99 - 12:31 PM

I just refreshed a thread, unfortunately called "Lyrics and music for...", that gives complete lyrics for the "kiss kiss" song and my best memory of the first verse and chorus of the "hokey pokey winky wong" song. Sorry, Ter, I know even less of it than your dad.


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Subject: Lyr Add: KING OF THE CANNIBAL ISLANDS
From: Alice
Date: 19 Mar 99 - 06:30 PM

Ter, my grandmother taught this to my mother who taught it to me. These are the only verses I know.

KING OF THE CANNIBAL ISLANDS

chorus
Hokey Pokey Winky Wung,
Polly Makoo Kamoling Kung,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Ching,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

Have you heard my story of late,
For if you've not 'tis on my pate,
About a mighty potentate,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

chorus
Polly Makoo Kamoling Kung,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Ching,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

Woman pudding and baby sauce,
Little boy pie for second course,
He'd swallow them all without any remorse,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

chorus
Polly Makoo Kamoling Kung,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Ching,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

.........
The long list of words in the chorus were, as we thought of it, the king's name.

Alice in Montana


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Subject: King of the canibal island
From: GUEST,Debbie Glauch
Date: 15 Mar 00 - 10:16 PM

Need Lyrics for this song for family reunion this summer, Grandpa Buchan used to sing this song sometimes. We can't remember all the words, and are not sure of the origin.
I moved this message here from another thread on the same topic.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: KING OF THE CANNIBAL ISLANDS
From: Alice
Date: 15 Mar 00 - 10:46 PM

my grandmother taught this to my mother who taught it to me. These are the only verses I know.

KING OF THE CANNIBAL ISLANDS

chorus
Hokey Pokey Winky Wung,
Polly Makoo Kamoling Kung,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Ching,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

Have you heard my story of late,
For if you've not 'tis on my pate,
About a mighty potentate,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

chorus
Hokey Pokey Winky Wung,
Polly Makoo Kamoling Kung,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Ching,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

Woman pudding and baby sauce,
Little boy pie for second course,
He'd swallow them all without any remorse,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

chorus
Hokey Pokey Winky Wung,
Polly Makoo Kamoling Kung,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Ching,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

.........
The long list of words in the chorus were, as we thought of it, the king's name.

Alice in Montana


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CANNIBAL KING
From: Metchosin
Date: 15 Mar 00 - 11:52 PM

One that my Mom taught me, that she sang when she was small and was called THE CANNIBAL KING is as follows:

Oh a cannibal King
With a big nose ring
Fell in love with a Zulu maid
And every night
In the pale moonlight
Across the canal he'd wave

His dusky miss
Gave him a kiss
All under the green bay tree
And every night they say a duet
That sounded like this to me

Oh jason lee ah
Ka yiah boowah
Oh pappa wawa
Conneticuh
Umpah umpah umpah

As the years went by
Like one two three
Soon there was a family
And every night
In the pale moon light
It sounded like this to me
Chorus:


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Subject: Lyr Add: KING OF THE CANNIBAL ISLANDS
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 05:35 PM

KING OF THE CANNIBAL ISLANDS

1. Oh! have you heard the news of late,
About a mighty king so great?
If you have not, 'tis in my pate,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.
He was so tall, near six feet six.
He had a head like Mister Nick's.
His palace was like Dirty Dick's.
'Twas built of mud for want of bricks,
And his name was Poonoowingkeewang
Flibeedee flobeedee buskeebang,
And a lot of Indians swore they would hang
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.

CHORUS: Hokee pokee wongkee fum,
Puttee po pee kaibula cum,
Tongaree wongaree ching ring wum,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.

2. The mighty king had in one hut
Seventy wives as black as soot,
And thirty of a double smut,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.
So just one hundred wives he had,
And every week he was a dad.
Upon my word, it was too bad,
For his smutty dears soon drove him mad.
There was Hungkee Mungkee, short and tall,
With Tuzzee Muzzee and Keeko Pall,
And some of them swore they would have all
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.

3. One day the king invited most
All of his subjects to a roast,
For half his wives gave up the ghost,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.
Of fifty wives he was bereft
And so he had but fifty left.
He said with them he would make shift,
So for a gorge all set off swift.
The fifty dead ones were roasted soon
And all demolish'd before the noon,
And a lot of chiefs vow'd to have soon,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.

4. When they had done, and bones picked clean,
They all began to dance, I ween.
The fifty wives slipp'd out unseen
  From King of the Cannibal Islands.
He turning round soon miss'd them all,
So for his wives began to bawl,
But not one answered his call.
He sprung out through the muddy wall,
Then into the woods he went with grief,
And found each queen 'long with a chief.
He swore he'd Macadamize every thief,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.

5. He sent for all his guards with knives.
He put an end to all their lives,
The fifty chiefs and fifty wives,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.
These cannibal slaveys then begun
Carving their heads off one by one,
And the king he laughed to see the fun,
Then jump'd into bed when all was done,
And every night when he's asleep,
His headless wives and chiefs all creep,
And roll upon him in a heap,
  The King of the Cannibal Islands.

From http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/ballads.htm: Bodleian.
This song has been a favorite of all lovers of the long pig for many years. These lyrics are from two broadside ballad printings, Harding B36(10) and Harding B 11(322), both printed in London, UK between 1813 and 1838 and 1813-1844, resp. The chorus is similar to that of "Ching a Ring Chaw," an anonymous minstrel song of 1833 date, and also in "In Chinaland There Lived a Great Man," from the 1850s. Chinaman
Also see thread 19284: Cannibal
@humor @cannibals @minstrel?


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ & ADD: king of the cannibals
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 10:10 PM

For a slightly longer and more detailed set, with attribution and some additional information, see

King of the Cannibal Islands

at The South Riding Folk Network.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ & ADD: king of the cannibals
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 10:51 PM

Thanks, Malcolm. From the link to the South Riding Tune Book provided by Malcolm Douglas, here is the last verse which is missing in the broadsides I quoted:

They all rush in at every door,
And drop upon him on the floor,
Revenge is sweet they loudly roar,
To King of the Cannibal Islands.
The headless tribe the palace fill,
Old Poonoowingkeewang to kill,
From every one he gets a pill,
And tells him he must make his will.
They all retire- at daylight,
And visit him again at night,
Oh what a benefit- and fright
For King of the Cannibal Islands.

Chorus:

According to this link, the lyrics were writtwn by A. W. Humphreys, a concert performer. The text is from sheet music published in 1830. Tune by John Charles White, originally published as a Quadrille in "The Two Rivals (Le Deux Rivales)," then later as a country dance, "Vulcan's Cave," published in London. The South Riding website provides midis of the arrangements for "Vulcan's Cave" and "The Quadrille." The tune, under the name, "King of The Cannibal Islands," is given for several later sets of lyrics; and is used and often named for "The Cumberland Reel (South Riding link)."
This song seems to be the inspiration for the chorus of "Ching a Ring Chaw," 1833, a minstrel song.
There are several sanitized and childrens versions, some of which can be found on Google.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ & ADD: king of the cannibals
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 11:27 PM

In order properly to attribute the information quoted immediately above, I should mention that it came from Anthony Bennett's article, Rivals Unravelled: A Broadside Song and Dance, which appeared in The Folk Music Journal volume 6, number 4, 1993 (English Folk Dance and Song Society, London).


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ & ADD: king of the cannibals
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 11:51 PM

Chorus as done by my pals, "The Corsairs" (www.corsairs.com)

Hokey Pokey Winky Wong Balley Magoo Agoo Agong, Hangery Bangery Bingery Bong, The King of the Cannibal Islands. Hoogabahoogabahoogabahoogabahoogabahoogabahoo.

It would appear as you have quite a few versions here...if you should need more, I can listen to theirs and transcribe it for you.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ & ADD: king of the cannibals
From: Dicho
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 01:39 PM

The islands constituting Fiji were once commonly known as the Cannibal Islands. In 1874, King Cakobau and island leaders signed a treaty with Great Britain, putting the islands under British protection; the islands became a crown colony. The ceremonial eating of the "long pig" (common pidgin English term at the time for human flesh) did not survive for long after the treaty.

Soon after the treaty, more than one-third of the Fijians were dead from imported diseases, including measles, innocently brought back by King Cakobau and his party following a visit to Australia, where the disease was prevalent in Sidney. In medical history, Fiji was the prime example of a "virgin soil epidemic."

(The same catastrophic loss of life destroyed many American cultures as diseases brought by the Spaniards and other early explorers and settlers spread across the continent.)

The Fijian epidemic is briefly chronicled in a story in the U. S. National Institute of Health website: Cannibal Islands


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ & ADD: king of the cannibals
From: Dicho
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 01:48 PM

The King of the Cannibal Islands, 1858, Cakobau (with prominent beard), portrait made during the Officers Survey of the Fiji Islands in the H. M. S. Herald, and artifacts: Engravings Fiji


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ & ADD: king of the cannibals
From: Amos
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 03:25 PM

The version my grandfather taught my mother, which she then taught me, includes these verses:

He dined on clergyman cold and raw
A bone from whom got stuck in his craw
The very last meal that he ever saw
The King of the Cannibal Islands

The last words of this monarch bold
Were not bequeathing his lands or gold The King of the Cannibal Islands!

Cho:

Oh, Hokey Poley, Winky Wung
Calamaroo, Calamarung
Wangery, Changery, Chingery Chung,
The King of the Cannibal Islands!

But then of course there is the folk process to be considered! :>)

A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: king of the cannibals
From: GUEST,Fox
Date: 23 Aug 05 - 08:43 PM

Hey all, I've been trying to find a missing lyric from a similar song we used to sing at my summer camp. Can anybody help? Here's what I've got:

Hoky Poky Winky Wong,
Polly Kabink and Spurly Gum,
Tamsy Wamsy Wirly Rum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

Now as I sailed the seas one day,
To the south seas made my way,
Struck a reef in a bottomless Bay,
Way down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Winky Wong,
Polly Kabink and Spurly Gum,
Tamsy Wamsy Wirly Rum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

I said to the king, How do you do?
And how the dickens do you do?
And he said very fine thank you.
Way down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Winky Wong,
Polly Kabink and Spurly Gum,
Tamsy Wamsy Wirly Rum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

The king he made a prince of me,
And called me Cor-a-Kai-ra-Kee
And we were happy as can be,
Way down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Winky Wong,
Polly Kabink and Spurly Gum,
Tamsy Wamsy Wirly Rum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

The king for me prepared a Roast,
And 40 wives gave up the ghost,
And we had crocidile with toast,
Way down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Winky Wong,
Polly Kabink and Spurly Gum,
Tamsy Wamsy Wirly Rum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

-------------------- (here's the line I don't know)
And little boy pie, for second course
All served up in an old dead horse,
Way down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Winky Wong,
Polly Kabink and Spurly Gum,
Tamsy Wamsy Wirly Rum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

But now I'm back, I'm safe and sound,
Upon my own, my native ground.
And never more will I be found...
Way down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Winky Wong,
Polly Kabink and Spurly Gum,
Tamsy Wamsy Wirly Rum,
King of the Cannibal Islands.


that's it. Any help would be much appreciated!
(you can just email me at foxtail94602 (at) yahoo.com)

Fox


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: king of the cannibals
From: GUEST,The King of the Cannibal Islands
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 09:25 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: king of the cannibals
From: GUEST,Dusty Vampire
Date: 11 Feb 08 - 09:22 PM

i was taught this song back in 6th grade camp and couldnt remember the lyrics... but this is what i think we were taught:Hoky Poky Wiky Wom,
Pally Kabpnkis smula con,
pansy Wansy weary wom,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

as I was sailing the seas one day,
a south sea island made our way,
Struck a reef in the bottom of the Bay,
down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Wiky Wom,
Pally Kabpnkis smula con,
pansy Wansy weary wom,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

The king he made a prince of me,
And called me Cor-a-Kai-ra-Kee
And we were happy as can be,
down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Wiky Wom,
Pally Kabpnkis smula con,
pansy Wansy weary wom,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

The king he had a royal toast,
And 40 wives came up the coast,
And we had crocidile on toast,
Way down in the cannibal islands!

Hoky Poky Wiky Wom,
Pally Kabpnkis smula con,
pansy Wansy weary wom,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

Hoky Poky Wiky Wom,
Pally Kabpnkis smula con,
pansy Wansy weary wom,
King of the Cannibal Islands.

as we lay asleap one night
a cannibal gave us an awfull fright
but he only wanted just one bite
down in the cannibal islands

Hoky Poky Wiky Wom,
Pally Kabpnkis smula con,
pansy Wansy weary wom,
King of the Cannibal Islands.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: king of the cannibals
From: GUEST,Arizona Senior
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 02:25 PM

I am 83 and learned this as a kid from my mother: the first versr and chorus are very like the one posted, and I learned 2 more verses"
Today they seem somewhat gory, but didn't seem to bother us as kids.

Oh, have you heard this story of late
For if you haven't its in my pate
About a mighty potentate,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.
Hokey, pokey, winky, wunk
Kal-i-ma-ko, ma-ku, ma- kunk
Hangery,changery,chingery, chunk
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

Woman puddin' and baby sauce (somehow we did not find this scary)
Little boy pie for second course
He swallowed then all without remorse
The King of the Cannibl Islands.
(Chorus)

The worst of my story remains to be told
He died of eating a clergyman cold
And that was the end of this perate so bold
The King of the Cannibal Islands.
(Chorus)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: king of the cannibals
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 29 Jul 08 - 04:57 PM

What a relief. One of my fellow inmates pointed out that the thread title was "King of the Cannibals," not "The King of Cannibis," as I first thought...

I'm not sure how old the song is, but I heard at least one variant of it around 1946 or so.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: king of the cannibals
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 12:58 AM

the cannibal king with the big brass ring
fell in love with the dusty maid
and every night by the pale moon light across the lake he came
he loved and kissed his dusty miss under the bamboo tree
and every night by the pale moon light it sounded like this to me:

arump (kiss kiss) arump (kiss kiss) arump diddy ai ai aye

arump (kiss kiss) arump (kiss kiss) arump diddy ai ai aye


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: king of the cannibals
From: Amos
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 12:15 PM

Correction to my July 2002 post:

The last verse ran,

The last words of this monarch bold
Were not bequeathing his lands or gold
But warning them all against clergyman cold!
The King of the Cannibal Islands!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King of the Cannibal Islands
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 11:42 PM

This is how I learned this song from my father and he learned it as a boy in the 1920-30s:

KING OF THE CANNIBAL ISLANDS

chorus
Hokey Pokey Winky Wung,
Polly Makoo Mago Ma,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Chung,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.

The King and his wife were too fat,
The principle diet consisted of rats.
The only weapons that they had...
...were baseball bats
...way down on the Cannibal Islands.

chorus
Hokey Pokey Winky Wung,
Polly Makoo Mago Ma,
Hangery Wangery Chingery Chung,
The King of the Cannibal Islands.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King of the Cannibal Islands
From: GUEST,slehto
Date: 16 May 13 - 10:49 PM

My dad learned this song at Boy Scout Camp or YMCA camp back in the 1920s. He used to sing it to us kids in the 1950s. Here is all I remember of his version. I'm glad to see all the other verses that I have forgotten. Thanks.

Hokey Pokey Winky Wum.
Parlacom pinky moorly come
Hansy tansy whyry rum
Down on the Cannibal Islands.

The king, he had a little roast.
and 40 of his wives, gave up the ghost.
and we had crocodiles on toast
Down on the cannibal islands.

The king he made a chief of me
and called me Nora Kirah Kee.
and we got gay as gay could be.
Down on the cannibal islands.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: King of the Cannibal Islands
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 06 Mar 14 - 08:55 PM

I think the line that is missing is

Oyster stew and monkey sauce a
All stirred up with an old dead horse
Little boy pie for second course
Down on the cannibal islands


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