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Christmas In Yiwu - Liam Rickard (Poetry)

Updated: Nov 24, 2018

It is almost that time of year again. We are starting the Christmas inspired poetry with this important, powerful message from Liam Rickard about the secret elves in Chinese factories with Chinese lyrics by Cloud Yun Wan. It is also a song, and features on his upcoming Christmas EP which you can check out here.


My eyes are filled with a thousand glittering stars,

a million little red coated white bearded men,

tiny fluffy blond white children with wings,

Five thousand spiky polystyrene things


And of course, the baubles and LEDs,

such beauty to to adorn your plastic tree,

the most pretty plastic items that there's ever been

for competitive prices like you've never seen.


Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu

Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu

You've got a colourful Christmas tree,

I've got some money for my family


一遍又一遍 – Yībiàn yòu yībiàn – again and again

一天又一天 – Yītiān yòu yītiān – day after day

我没有时间 – Wǒ méiyǒu shíjiān – I do not have time

也没有思念 – Yě méiyǒu sīniàn – no thoughts


一遍又一遍

dip it in the glue

一天又一天

put it in glitter machine

我没有时间

hang it up and then

也没有思念

we'll do it all again!


Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu

Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu

You've got a colourful Christmas tree,

I've got some money for my family


Its all about give and take in this big bad world

you give me money, I give you most of my time

making pretty plastic items that you really need

for competitive prices like you've never seen.

(dumping toxins in the river planting rubbish in the trees)?


Yībiàn yòu yībiàn,

ten face masks a day

Yītiān yòu yītiān,

engulfed in christmas dust

Wǒ méiyǒu shíjiān,

in my hair and on my hands

Yě méiyǒu sīniàn,

how is this crap in demand?


Jingle bells, Christmas elves,

making fat white bearded men

Jingle bells, Christmas sells,

Some with a saxophone,

No one knows, no one knows,

tidings of comfort and joy,

Plastic toys, plastic toys,

Who is this baby in a cowshe-e-e-d?


一遍又一遍

we could do it in our sleep

一天又一天

if they'd let us have some sleep

我没有时间

I'll stay for just another year

也没有思念

then I'm getting out of here!


Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu

Happy Christmas from our factory in Yiwu

You've got a colourful Christmas tree,

I've got some money for my family


Jingle bells, Christmas elves

Jingle bells, Christmas sells

Jingle bells, Christmas elves

Jingle bells, Christmas sells.

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