“Sampanmadchen, Das (The Sampan Maiden)”


German or Swedish shanty. Pidgin English (or in this case, pidgin German), nonsense verses - "I no likie you-hou, you no-ho likie me-hie". Versions of this were to be found in several languages. Chorus of even more nonsensical syllables.

Cross references

  • cf. "Chinee Bumboatman" (some similar verses)


  1. Hugill, pp. 569-570, "Das Sampanmadchen," "En Sjomansvisa Fran Kinakusten" (4 texts-German, Swedish, and English, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Hugi569


Alternate titles: “En Sjomansvisa Fran Kinakusten" (A Sailor's Song from the China Coast)”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Baltzer, _Knurrhahn_)
Found in: Germany Sweden