Crazy Old Man from China

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Daisiemae, United States

23 May 2014 at 2:49am

My grandmother, who we always called Mammy or Grandmammy, sang it this way: Mammy told me to open the door Mammy I won't have him. I opened the door and he fell in the floor With his old gray beard a shining, shining, His old gray beard a shining. Mammy told me to bake him a cake….. I baked him a cake and he eat it like a snake….. Mammy told me to bake him a pie….. I baked him a pie and he eat it like a fly….. Mammy told me to hep him over the fence….. I hepped him over the fence and I hain't seen him since…...

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Wendell Quillen, United States

18 September 2013 at 11:27pm

The Crazy Ball-Headed Chinese My momma told me, to open the door, Oh I wouldn't do it. I opened the door, he fell to the floor, The crazy ball-headed Chinese. My momma told me, to give him a drink, Oh I wouldn't do it. I gave him a drink, he swallowed the sink, The crazy ball-headed Chinese. My momma told me, to give him a fork, Oh I wouldn't do it. I gave him a fork, he flew to New York, The crazy ball-headed Chinese. My momma told me, to give him a spoon, Oh I wouldn't do it. I gave him a spoon, he flew to the Moon, The crazy ball-headed Chinese. My momma told me, to put him to bed, Oh I wouldn't do it. I put him to bed, he fell on his head, The crazy ball-headed Chinese. I used to sing this in front of my 1 st. grade class back in 1962. I know that "ball-headed" is spelt, "bald headed" but it's the way it was pronounced. It was a favorite! Why do I remember these things so vividly? *grin*

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Tonya, United States

13 May 2013 at 6:39am

I remember this song, but it had a few things changed... my mother told me to open the door I did I did not want too, I opened the door he fell on the floor....coat out jumped a goat, get him a drink he drank the sink....it was all about words that rhyme, or at least when I was taught it in the mid 80s . It has always been one of my favorites had nothing to do with the character being from China, everything to do with the how silly it was in 3rd grade.

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Pat, United States

21 April 2013 at 4:36pm

I knew this as The Crazy old man from Russia, Kruschev My mother she told me to open the door but I didn't want to I opened the door and he fell through the floor That crazy old man from Russia, Kruschev! and if went on from there

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Kathy, United States

19 January 2013 at 8:41pm

I remember this as "The great big man from China". I learned it as a kid from my cousins. Must have been around 1965 when I was 6 or so. My kids always thought I made it up as it was so crazy. it started for us with us saying "knock knock. whos there?", and the singing 'My momma told me to open the door. I didn't wanna. Opened the door, fell on the floor, there was a great big man from China.' And like the rest of the songs it was about trying to be nice to this Great Big Man from China. Took off his coat, smelled like a goat. Put him to bed, off fell his head. burried him deep, he stuck out his feet. thank you for this site. now I can corrupt future generations with my songs from childhood! :)

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James, United States

3 January 2013 at 6:25am

I remember my siblings and I sang this with our parents on road trips, but the version we sang was: My momma told me to open the door, gee I don't wanna, I opened the door he fell to the floor, that crazy bald headed Chinese My momma told me to take him to church, gee I don't wanna, I took him to church he spit on his shirt, that crazy bald headed Chinese. My momma told me to get him a drink, gee I don't wanna, I got him a drink he swallowed the sink, that crazy bald headed Chinese. My momma told me to put him to bed, gee I don't wanna, I put him to bed he chopped off his head, that crazy bald headed Chinese. My momma told me to bury him deep, gee I don't wanna, I buried him deep he stuck up his feet, that crazy bald headed Chinese.

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Mike, United States

1 December 2012 at 6:30am

The version I remember dates from 1961 and was sung in NJ. It is the same as Tk's version, but it referred to the "Crazy" man from China. Unfortunately, I forget some lyrics. I wonder if these lyrics changed over time and location? The "but I didn't wanna" stanza was sung in a spirit of rebellion, I recall.

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Tk, United States

19 November 2012 at 3:15am

Yes, this SILLY song was passed down to me from my mother and in today's world it is offensive but I never got the bury or the cut feet off versions. Ours went something like this: My mama told me to open the door but I didn't wanna, I opened the door and he fell on the floor the SILLY man from China.. My mama told me to take off his coat but I didn't wanna, I took off his goat he smelled like a goat the SILLY man from china. My mama told me to take off his hat but I didn't wanna, I took off his hat and he look like a rat the SILLY man from china. My mama told to get him a drink but I didn't wanna, I got him a drink and he swallowed the sink the SILLY man from China. My mama told me to take him for a ride but I didn't wanna, I took him for a ride and that poor SILLY man died, I will miss that SILLY man from China...

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Jenna, United States

27 May 2012 at 10:28pm

Used to sing a version of this all the time on the school bus. I guess its offensive if you want to take it that way. It was just a fun song to sing

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Reffer, Bhutan

26 April 2012 at 1:41am

ummm ya and stuff my grandmother told me its my mother she told me to give him a drink but i didnt wanna so he drank in the sink BTW this is perfectly harmless song it just wants to be funny!

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Mina, China

25 March 2012 at 6:45am

China...really. :(

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Joe, United States

21 February 2012 at 12:23am

I remember my sister and her friend would sing this song way back in the late 80s. The lyrics were different, ours was. "My Mommy told me to take him to the movies. So I take him to the movies, he showed off his booty. Oh me oh my what should I do with the little old man from China. "

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Sam, United States

20 January 2012 at 5:13am

My mother used to sing this to me when I was younger; but it wasn't violent like this. I believe my mother's version was about welcoming a guest into the house, and for some reason the man was Chinese.

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Fudgefan#1, United States

21 December 2011 at 10:59pm

Chinese people arent cwazy the babies are cute and my music teacher's daughter is adopted and chinese! dis really offensive

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Madison, United States

31 October 2011 at 7:31pm

craz!

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Kennedyc Onwawy, Italy

22 October 2011 at 8:54pm

i love this i love it love it

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Yonne, Dominican Republic

13 October 2011 at 12:51am

This is not a good song!

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Rose, United States

23 September 2011 at 3:12am

I learned this song when very young and still know the tune! That's why I looked up the lyrics. I, too, learned the first stanza to be "to open the door...I opened the door, he fell to the floor..." And the 2nd line was, "But I didn't wanna." Just a fun crazy song back then. Thinking about teaching my grandkids, but parents may be too PC!

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Ronnie, United States

20 September 2011 at 3:44pm

Really stop all the whining. It's a song. My grandkids love it. This is one of the songs we always sing on the road. The thing is they are singing with their Grandparents. Doesn't matter the words just the sound of their voices in my ear. Do your Grandkids sing with you. Or do you have them in head phones hooked to an ipod and you listen to the radio.

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Avory, United States

24 July 2011 at 7:41pm

my father used to sing this song to me when i was a child. :)

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