While "Chinese Laundry Blues" could easily have fallen foul of the censor if two of its couplets hadn't been left unrhymed, in the age of political correctness this song has brought the odd rebuke on account of:
"He goes round every night to make the black-out sure
So if you've got a chink in your window, you'll have another one at your door."
Far from being racist
this is a rather weak pun, and pales into insignificance alongside some of the racially derogatory (and intensely profane) outpourings of certain contemporary rap artists.
That being said, the song does also have a rather dubious - if subtle - final verse:
"A fire bomb dropped one day,
So close to him they say
That he deserves a medal they all vow,
But perhaps what you don't understand,
He put the fire out but he didn't use sand
'Cause Mr Wu's an air raid warden now."
Though it takes a little effort, it should soon become apparent what Mr Wu used to extinguish the fire.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2