So Long! Oo-Long

Three Little Words, starring Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl

Song lyrics to So Long! Oo-Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?) by Bert Kalmar / Harry Ruby, 1920

(sung by Fred Astaire and Red Skelton in Three Little Words)

Ming Toy loved a boy,
Happy little Japanee;
Oo-long was his name,
Set her heart a flame.
One day he say, — €œSoon I gotta go away; — €
When he leave Ming Toy grieve;
Everybody hear her say:

Days fly quickly by,
Turning into lonely years;
Tho’ the nights are long,
Ming Toy’s faith is strong.
She kneels and feels,
That she doesn’t pray in vain;
Whispers — €œOo I love you, Ming Toy wants you back again. — €

— €œSo long! Oo-long, how long you gonna be gone?
Your little Japanee,
Will be waiting underneath the bamboo tree;
So don’t be too long,
Oo-long I’ll long while you’re away
Waiting for the day when you’ll come back to me.
I’ll sit and sigh, — €˜Neath the Oriental sky,
Each day that I am left a lone In Naki Saki.
So long! Oo-Long, How long you goin’ to roam?
Please don’t be too long
Oo-long, so long hurry back home.


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