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Reiver 2 Lyr Req: kafoozalem? kafoozleum? Ka-Foozle-Um (26) Lyr Add: THAIS (Newman Levy) 28 May 10

It's a totally different song, but reminds of a similar song called "Thais." [two sylables Thay-iss] [Athanael = ATH-a-NAY-el]

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1] One time in Alexandria, in wicked Alexandria,
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   Where nights were wild with revelry and life was but a game;
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   There lived, so the report is, an adventuress and courtesan;
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   The pride of Alexandria, and Thais was her name.

2] Nearby, in peace and piety, avoiding all society,
   There dwelt a band of holy men who'd built a refuge there;
   And in the desert's soli-tude they spurned all earthly folly to
   Devote their lives to holy works, to fasting and to prayer.

3] Now one monk whom I solely men-tion of the group of holy men,
   Was known as Athenael, he was famous near and far.
   At fasting bouts or prayer with him no other could compare with him
   At grand and lofty praying he could do the course in par.

4] One day while sleeping heavily from wrestling with the devil, he
   Had gone to bed exhausted while the sun was shining still.
   He had a vision Freudian, and though he was annoyed he an-
   alyzed it in the well known style of Doctors Jung and Brill.

5] He dreamed of Alexandria, of wicked Alexandria.
   A crowd of men were cheering in a manner rather rude,
   As Thais, who was dancing there, and Athanael glancing there,
   Observed her do the shimmy in what artists call the nude.

6] Said he, "This dream fantastical disturbs my thoughts monastical.
   Some unsurpassed desire, I fear, has found my monkish cell.
   I blushed up to the hat o'me, to view that girl's anat-o-my.
   I'll go to Alexandria and save her soul from Hell."

7] So pausing not to wonder where he'd put his summer underwear,
   He quickly packed his evening clothes, his toothbrush and a vest,
   To guard against exposure he, threw in some woolen hosiery,
   And bidding all the boys "Goodbye," he started on his quest.

8] The monk though warned and fortified was deeply shocked & mortified
   To find, on his arrival, wild debauchery in sway.
   While some lay in a stupor sent by booze of more than two percent,
   The others were behaving in a most immoral way.

9] Said he to Thais, "Pardon me, although this job is hard on me,
   I've got to put you wise to what I came down here to tell.
   What's all this sousin' gettin' you? Cut out this pie-eyed retinue
   Let's hit the trail together, kid, and save your soul from Hell."

10] Although this bold admonishment caused Thais some astonishment,
    She coyly answered, "Say, you said a heaping mouthful, Bo.
    This burg's a frost, I'm telling you. The brand of hooch they're selling you
    Ain't like the stuff we used to get, so let's pack up and go."

11] So forth from Alexandria, from wicked Alexandria,
    Across the desert sands they go, beneath the blazing sun.
    'Til Thais, parched and sweltering, finds refuge in the sheltering
    Seclusion of a convent in the habit of a Nun,

12] But now the Monk is terrified to find his fears are verified.
    His holy vows of chastity have cracked beneath the strain!
    Like one who has a jag on he, cries out in grief and agon-y,
    "I'd sell my soul to see her do the shimmy once again."

13] Alas, his pleadings clamorous, though passionate and amorous,
    Have come too late, the courtesan has danced her final dance.
    Says he, "Now that's a joke on me, for that there dame to croak on me,
    I hadn't oughter passed her up the time I had the chance!"

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