Song No.2 of the ‘Chink & The Child’ Trilogy based on the work of Thomas Burke. This time from the point of view of the East End Chinese lover.
I don’t mind telling you guys that at the start of this project I knew precious little about Chinese culture in London’s East End. The little I did know was all tied up with pain; Chinese burns, Chinese water torture, and my guts after the lunch special at my local takeaway, Doctor Wu’s.
But even the minute amount of knowledge I possessed was still a lot more than the locals in London’s East End had, when Chinese sailors came up the Thames in the 1800s and landed on these shores. And in the absence of knowledge grows fear. If there’s one thing worse than letting your daughter marry a Rolling Stone, it’s letting them marry a foreigner. Or so they thought.
Now it is in this exact social climate that I set my second song based on the 19th century short story by Thomas Burke ‘The Chink and the Child.’
I give you ‘White Blossom Blues’ which is available on my free London songs album found here
Play song above or view video.