Gong Gong says

This is a posthumous blog of our father's (Lim Kok Ann) life. When our father passed away on 8 March 2003, he left behind an unpublished autobiography. We'd like to celebrate his life by sharing his autobiography through this blog.


"I have dredged these anecdotes from memory just to pass the time; if they amuse my grandchildren their purpose will have been served; if they provide any instruction, it will be a happy coincidence; that they are disjointed is probably to be expected.

Aurora was the name of my grandfather’s house in Kulangsu.   Amoy, where I spent the first five or six years of my life.   I still have vivid memories of events that took place when I was barely three years old.

Lim Kok Ann
October 1996"

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ivan Skezevinski

Ivan Skezevinski Skevar Song
Lyrics

Oh, the sons of the prophets were hearty and bold
And quite unaccustomed to fear.
But the bravest of all is a man I am told
Named Abdul Abulbul Amir.

If they wanted a man to encourage the band,
Or to harass the foe in the rear,
Or to storm a redoubt, they would send up a shout
For Abdul Abulbul Amir.

There were heroes aplenty and men known to fame
That fought in the ranks of the Czar.
The most famous of all was a man by the name
Of Ivan Skezevinski Skevar.

He could sing like Caruso both tenor and bass
And play on the Spanish guitar.
In fact quite the cream of the Muscovite team
Was Ivan Skezevinski Skevar.

One day this bold Muscovite shouldered his gun
And marched down the street with a sneer.
He was looking for fun when he happened to run
Into Abdul Abulbul Amir.

"Young man," saidAbdul, "is existence so dull
That you're anxious to end your career?
For, infidel know, you have trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

"Then take your last look at the sunset and brook,
And send your regrets to the Czar.
By this I imply you are going to die,
Mister Ivan Skezevinski Skevar."

Then the Moabite drew his trusty shaboo
And crying, "Allah al Allah ackbar!"
With murderous intent he most suddenly went
For Ivan Skezevinski Skevar.

On a stone by the banks where the Nebo doth roam
There is written in characters clear:
"Oh stranger, remember to pray for the soul
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir."

And the Muscovite maiden her vigil doth keep
By the light of the cold northern star.
And the name which she constantly shouts in her sleep
Is Ivan Skezevinski Skevar.

Comment: LKA learned this song in scouts and used to sing it dramatically

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