This Chinese song accompanies a children’s game similar to duck, duck goose. The players sit in a circle, and one person roams around the outside with a handkerchief (the flag), eventually dropping it behind someone’s back. That person must pick it up and catch the flag dropper before he or she takes a seat in the circle.
This simple and catchy melody reminded me of a New Orleans-style march — in my head, I immediately heard horns and piano and drums. The song is in the style of a raucous marching band, and it is sung in Mandarin by the wonderful Jia. John Foti plays the piano, and Brooklyn-based horn wonders Shane Endsley, Joachim Badenhorst, and Jacob Garchik play the trumpet, clarinet, trombone, and tuba.