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Jay Mankita c 1990

I never thought chopsticks were easy to use
When I used ‘em my noodles fell onto my shoes
And the floor was soon covered with noodles and pineapples
Mushrooms and tofu and rice

I learned to play this song on piano
I must have been about five or six
It’s pretty short and very famous
This composition is called chopsticks

This song on the piano requires two hands
But you only use one when you write with a pen
This utensil’s like having two pencils in one hand
Like writing this song and then writing it again

Now maybe I’m just making excuses
Or maybe I need a better brand
And yes, it’s true; there are some people
Who play the piano with just one hand

Now noodles and pineapples, mushrooms and rice,
And tofu are some foods that I think are nice
But there’s food in my hair and without silverware
I feel like my meal has been eaten up twice

It would be good to learn the secret
and eat with chopsticks by and by
So fill my plate and pass the chopsticks
And maybe I’ll give ‘em one more try


from Eat Like A Rainbow, released March 3, 2007
Jay Mankita c 1990
Jay Mankita Vocals
Dave Bell Keyboards, arrangement
Music by Euphemia Allen (as Arthur de Lulli) c 1877


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Jay Mankita - Eat Like A Rainbow Amherst Center, Massachusetts

Jay Mankita is an American songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, and dad. He's based in the Northeast, but travels all over.
Jay writes and performs songs for kids about animals, ecology, and healthy food, in schools, libraries, fairs, and festivals. He also writes and performs for adults.
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