Yangtze Boatmen’s Chant


This song is also known as “Yangtze Boatmen’s Chantey.”

Lyrics - Transliteration

(Chinese folk song)

Ya hoo ya hoo hey,
Ya hoo ya hoo hey,
Yai yai yai hai yai yai,
Ya hoo ya hoo hey

English Translation - Yangtze River boatman chant

These syllables have no meaning.

Chinese - 詠船夫長江


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  1. Hi there, love this piece and my students have responded really well to it. Wondering if you have any info on the original source?

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