Any Malaysian adult who doesn't know Rose Chan or at least heard of the name must be deaf, dumb and blind, and floating in a coma!! Yes everyone knows her. The fragrant sex icon of Malayan cabaret of the Golden Era, free from scandals of sodomy, C4, judiciary, close one eye, close two eyes, and looks like me, sounds like me, but not me. Cintan Mee, Maggie Mee, Don't Blame Mee, Bodoh Mee, Sleepy Mee, Sodomee!
Someone in blogosphere just released "top secret" material about the origin of a most famous song, "Rose Rose I Love"! Being classified material he refused to divulge his name (chicken?) and just call himself some "......ball". Use your imagination. Never mind about this informant. The information is more important; and indeed very interesting.
Apparently, once upon a time, a very popular Yankee Doodle singer by the name of Frankie Laine arrived on the shores of The Pearl Of The Orient, and according to "Mr....ball" my old time internet buddy (knew him a few weeks already!) in his own words...
"Justin Choo….it is all true…and Frankie Laine was in love with Rose Chan.he wrote the song….only for her.Go find the song..and you will be fully convince.There is a line….”may kui … may kui”…meaning beautiful rose in mandarin. Who do you think he is referring to?….an American?At that time….he knew….Americans by far..and large..are quite racialists….thinking we are jungle people…and Frankie may loose popularity.Yes…Justin..Frankie and Rose Chan were madly in love..in Penang for weeks!!If you want to know..I knew Rose Chan personally too. ..and her last great lover. She had another great strip teaser…name Annie. I wonder what happened to her…dark skinned…sexy sexy lady….and you will not believe it…her own daughter stripped too….and is a beauty by her own standard…..real cute and sexy gal.So you think you guys have all the fun…we old folks missed out?……..hahahahahahaha"
(Old "whatever.....ball" didn't know I am as old as him, maybe slightly "younger". Obviously didn't read my profile, and got the cheek of criticizing me of not putting my photo. Here it is ...my PHOTO!)
And some more:
"Rose Chan is the Marylin Monroe of Malaysia.Why is she forgotten?Just because she was a strip teaser?Well…she brought attentions to Malaysia too……"
"Justin…actually it is… “make way …make way…for my Eastern rose”….but Frankie was a genius..to make it sound like “may kui may kui” "
"Yes……this is the one and only song…made world famous….on “malaya”…dedicated to Rose Chan.Not only that…it is this song…that actually caught the attention of many international people..asking themselves…’where the heck is malaya?” ….and as Frankie Laine was world famous singer ..at that time. …so many ..thousands…came and found out lovely Penang."
Our friend's closing remark:
"So Justin….can anyone know how to correct the journalists and give the true picture of Rose Chan?Now you know the truth….a very important one..and Malaysians love music..don’t we?Rose Chan deserves t be recognized.Frankie Laine was no ordinary singer….and…so many movies uses that song too.…sing the last verse….’FLOWER OF MALAYA….I CANNOT STAY”
Here is the full song for all to know…….Hope all Penangites learn this song and be proud of Rose Chan.This song is also about Penang!!!
Frankie Laine : Rose Rose I Love You
Rose Rose I love You++++++++
1 ” Rose Rose I love you…. with an aching heart.
2.What is your future …now we have to part
3 Standing on the jetty… as the steamer moves away
4 Flower of Malaya…. I can not stay
5 Make make or make way… for me Eastern Rose
6 Men crowd in dozens…everywhere she goes
7 In her rickshaw …on the street.. or in the cabaret
8 Please make way for Rose… you can hear them say
9 All my life…I ..shall remember
10 Oriental music and you in my arms
11 Perfumed flowers in your tresses
12 Lotus scented breezes and swaying palms
13 Rose Rose I love you …with your almond eyes
14 Fragrant and slender neath tropical skies
15 I must cross the seas again… and never see you more
16 Way back to my home.. on a distant shore
17 ” Rose Rose I leave you… my ship is in the bay
18 Kiss me farewell now …there’s nothing to say
19 East is east and west is west …our worlds are far apart
20 I must leave you now …but I leave my heart.
REPEAT….1/2/3/4.Hope all Penangites learn this song and be proud of Rose Chan.
This song is also about Penang!!!"
Thank you Mr "whatever......ball". I am now enlightenened!!
Another Youtube version: Before I end, let me present to you thru Youtube performed by Gordon Murray, introduced by a doctor blogger through the wonders of the internet (specifically the wonders of youtube). Gordon is a pianist and a performer. A very fantastic pianist.
It is very sad that Rose Chan did not have a happy ending. "Mr ....ball" has this to say:
"Her downfall was…she can never give up show business. She could set up a team and manage it profitably…..but she always wanted to be in the limelight...and she turned to snake strip teasing….became a total failure."
During her final days, Rose Chan was stricken with cancer and had to seek public donations for her medical expenses. I also contributed.
Wikipedia has an article on Rose Chan.
May Rose Chan be reborn in a happy and peaceful realm.
As a tribute to Rose Chan this is the original Chinese version by Yao Lee:
Méi gui méi gui zuì jiao mei (1940)
(Update: 17 Oct 2009: Rose Chan's ashes were interned in a serene temple columbarium in Penang. There is a related article from the Sunday Star dated 9 April 2006 . You may like to read it HERE: By the way I live in Penang too.)