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Blossom of the East

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Music and Lyrics // Ho-Tom the Conqueror
Based on the traditional song "Lilly of the West"

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As a young man came to Shanghai
My fortune to be found
They said that life was wild there
There's riches all around

And when I came across the sea
We gathered for the feast
That's where I met my Meihua
The Blossom of the East

The time was full of rivals
And I defeated every one
Gunshots rang on the streets at night
Till the risin' of the sun

My heart grew cold. A hardened man,
I lived just like a beast
But never cold for Meihua
The Blossom of the East

Way down in churchyard shady grove
(Ah!)
I held her body fair
Her thin pressed lips, her almond eyes
Her coal black trailing hair

We made our love in silence
So we wouldn't wake the priest
But my heart would cry for Meihua
The Blossom of the East

But soon the times began to change
(No! No!)
Revolution in the air
We foreigners all had to go
There was no stayin' there

And when I got upon that ship
My brow was solemn creased
For my crying Meihua
The Blossom of the East

I've lived my life so far away
Back home inside The West
I've lived my life a lonely man
On that I can attest

And though those days are long ago
My love has never ceased
For my lovely Meihua
My Blossom of the East

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from Fahuazhen 法华镇, released January 15, 2016

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