China's Dr. Li                   [Part 1 of my China Trilogy]

 

Original song lyrics by Chrome Dome Mike Kimbro

 

A relyric of the 1966 hit song "The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Robin Moore and SSgt. Barry Sadler.

 

Please read along to either my Spoken Verse Performance or my Pathetic Singing Attempt.

 

 

VERSE 1

 

Once a doctor in Wuhan,

 

Said: "Here's news we should act upon."

 

"Deep chest cough. Fever 103."

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 2

 

Did Big Brother listen in?

 

Was he squealed on by so called friends?

 

Where was his party loyalty?

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 3

 

Li was sought out by the fuzz.

 

Feared the harm that disruptors cause.

 

He might spoil their tranquility.

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 4

 

They read him the charges faced.

 

On his wrists were the hand cuffs placed?

 

Broke a law, in the first degree.

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 5

 

They gave him a form to sign.

 

Stroked his name, maybe paid a fine.

 

Shut them up with a guilty plea.

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 6

 

Then the thing he warned them of,

 

Took from them many ones they loved.

 

Could be worse, on this all agree.

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 7

 

Now we're glad he notified.

 

Also sad, cause our hero died.

 

Sigh was breathed by the CPC.

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 8

 

What Li did, spread far and wide.

 

Soon Xi claimed he was on Li's side.

 

Sounds like stuff from a hit movie.

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 9

 

Censors block what Chinese view.

 

Don't care what other countries do.

 

Make a change so all speech is free!

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 10

 

So swell that a song is sung.

 

Now we should rename Egg Foo Young.

 

My idea: "Eggs and Bean Spouts Li"

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

VERSE 11

 

That's my song, 'bout a true hero.

 

It's a tale every one should know.

 

Here's my bet: Nobel conferee.

 

Rumors spread,

 

By ole Dr. Li.

 

 

The End.

 

 

Copyright Michael Kimbro 2020.  All rights reserved.

 

 

Keywords: Poems about the coronavirus, COVID-19 poetry, Verses inspired by a Chinese doctor.