What does ching a ring chaw mean?

I can’t find out what it means!! Most of the words to this song are English, but what does “ching a ring chaw, ho a ding kum larkee” mean? Is it nonsense?

1 thought on “What does ching a ring chaw mean?

  1. Ching-a-ring chaw is an early minstrel tune. The title words imitate the sound of a banjo.

    Also, in the text,”ho-ding-a-ding kum larkee,” Copland substituted “larkee” for the original “darkee” to avoid making a racial slur.

    Good question, it took me a while to find this and I learned something too!

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