Take Me to Hong Kong

The lyrics to Take Me to Hong Kong were initially inspired by watching Hong Kong avant-garde films at the Nuart Theatre in LA. The ethos of the films centered on the supernatural; the aesthetics were imaginative and decidedly not Hollywood.

The idea of having one’s dreams fulfilled, of being suddenly transported to an exotic realm, in Scott’s capable hands, turned into a party song that celebrates our impulse to be transient and experience life with exuberance. So go ahead… ride the dragon, bang the gong. We’ll clean up later.

D. E.


Take Me to Hong Kong

If I have a dream this is how I want it to be
I would be sleeping then suddenly be on TV
Where the game show host is telling me I’m a winner
Of an all-expense-paid trip to the place of my dreams
I want to be a pirate, I want to be a rogue
And dance the Tao disco at the Yin-Yang rodeo
Take me to Hong Kong
Home of Mr. Wright and Suzie Wong
Take me to Hong Kong
I want to ride the dragon
Bang the gong
Turn the afterburners on
Take me to Hong Kong
When I wake up this is where I want to be
Here at the crossroads between freedom and money
Words inside my fortune cookie forewarn me
“You may attend a party where strange customs prevail”
I want to see the islands from a junk and a Jaguar
And go bungee jumping with the kung fu avant-garde
Take me to Hong Kong
Home of Mr. Wright and Suzie Wong
Take me to Hong Kong
I want to ride the dragon
Bang the gong
Turn the afterburners on
Take me to Hong Kong
I need to appease the spirits
Before the yellow dawn gives way to the red neon
Take me where everything happens in the supernatural
Make the fragrant harbour my next port of call
Take me to Hong Kong
Home of Mr. Wright and Suzie Wong
Take me to Hong Kong
I want to ride the dragon
Bang the gong
Turn the afterburners on
Take me to Hong Kong

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