"Hong Kong Garden" as written by and Sioux Mckay....
Harmful elements in the air
Symbols clashing everywhere
Reaps the fields of rice and reeds
While the population feeds
Junk floats on polluted water
An old custom to sell your daughter
Would you like number twenty three?
Leave your yens on the counter please
Hong Kong Garden

Tourists swarm to see your face
Confucius has a puzzling grace
Disoriented you enter in
Unleashing scent of wild jasmine

Slanted eyes meet a new sunrise
A race of bodies small in size
Chicken Chow Mein and Chop Suey
Hong Kong Garden takeaway
Hong Kong Garden


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"Hong Kong Garden" as written by Siouxsie Sioux John Gareth Mckay

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    General CommentThis song is a tribute to a Chinese takeaway in Chiselhurst where Siouxsie witnessed the racist abuse the Chinese owners recieved from the local skinhead population
    Erasercutson December 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentif it was simply about a chinese restaurant, why would she sing about polluted waterways, hammerhead? i think zeroglitter is more accurate.

    siouxsie and the banshees are capable of writing "deep" songs, albeit in this case filtered through black humour. I read an article in rolling stone which said the song was about the then "ongoing slaughter in Southeast Asia". My interpretation is that the western world isn't overly aware or concerned about such tragedy, and their only real "exposure" to eastern culture is through takeaway food.

    Here's the Rolling Stone link if you're interested -
    rollingstone.com/reviews/album/_/id/106537/…
    dumb.waiterson December 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcorrection on the Rolling Stone link -
    rollingstone.com/reviews/
    album/_/id/106537/siouxsieandthebanshees?pageid=rs.ArtistDiscography&pageregion=triple1
    dumb.waiterson December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou know, I really like this song a lot because it's got such a great new wave/Asian sound to it, but it's not too deep is it? In fact it seems very stereotypical.

    I bet it's about a Chinese restaurant that's open 24 hours.
    Superblaston July 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentzeroglitter, you're looking way too deep. the first entry is actually correct, its about a chinese restaurant.
    Morbadumon October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentErasercuts is right. I'm currently reading the Banshees biography and that's what Siouxsie says. Though they could be singing about a deeper meaning as well; the Cure does this with so many of their songs that they base on stories, books, etc. to give them a broader scope.
    lokithecaton April 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlthough this is a simple two chord song, I think it is amazing. The riff just really fits in and Siouxsie just tops it off with her voice.
    Whatsername1251on June 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant song
    it probably is about a restaurant, but more about the people and culture of the restaurant than just the actual restaurant and its food or other mundane things.
    robot in disguiseon July 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe meaning of this song has been established already, by Erasercuts... although I agree that through this tale the deeper themes of zeroglitter are explored. Contrary to what many in the media suggest I do not think this song shows S& the B to be racist, the narration is self depricating
    devotionon May 22, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIf you think the title sounds like the name of a Chinese restaurant, you're right. Said Siouxsie: "I'll never forget, there was a Chinese restaurant in Chislehurst called 'The Hong Kong Garden.' Me and my friend were really upset that we used to go there and like, occasionally when the skinheads would turn up it would really turn really ugly. These gits were just go in on mass and just terrorize these Chinese people who were working there. We'd try and say 'Leave them alone,' you know. It was a kind of tribute." (from Punk Top Ten Interview , August 6, 2001.
    laurelinwyntreon December 30, 2008   Link

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