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Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)

Joe Richman 20 Jul 03 - 03:11 PM
kendall 20 Jul 03 - 08:49 PM
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Sorcha 20 Jul 03 - 11:36 PM
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Joe Richman 23 Jul 03 - 12:07 AM
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Joe Richman 24 Jul 03 - 11:14 PM
GUEST 26 Mar 12 - 10:48 AM
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GUEST,Turkish D. Fan 18 Oct 14 - 06:35 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Oct 14 - 11:00 PM
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GUEST,Winsleydale 09 Jan 16 - 02:46 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: Joe Richman
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 03:11 PM

Has anybody out there transcribed the lyrics from the old British recording of "Turkish Delight"? With Iraq in the news every night, this number is current events all over again. I remember the line "... the native quarter which occupies over three-quarters of the city of Baghdad" and most of the wives' tales, but not the whole darn thing, unfortunately. If anyone worked out the chord changes, that would be nice too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: kendall
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 08:49 PM

I think I can help with this. It was recorded by Arthur Godfrey in the 40's


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Subject: ADDPOP: Turkish Delight
From: kendall
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 09:01 PM

TURKISH DELIGHT

Once there was a Calif
He lived in old Baghdad
The poor old bloke's been dead for years
But, who cares about that?
He couldn't sleep a wink at night
He had two hundred wives
Who had to tell him stories
Or the wives, they lost their lives,

Eye eye eye eye,
And the first one told her tale,
Once there was a plumber
He left behind his tools
He always had to do it
It was in the union rules
He fell into the cistern
And when his mates returned
It took three years to get him out
What overtime he earned.

eye eye eye eye,
And the next wife told her tale,
Abdullah had a little lamb
H swapped it for a camel
He didn't like the color
So, he daubed it with enamel,
The hot sun melted all the paint
While crossing the Sahara,
He can't get off because the paint
Is stuck to his tarara,

eye eye eye and the next wife told her tale.

King Solomon that wise old man,
He had a thousand wives
He bought a lovely Pontiac to take them on a drive
The Pontiac broke down one night and here's where trouble starts
His wives are waiting in the road, but he's got no spare parts,

eye eye eye and we havn't got any more wives.

That's all I ever heard of this.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 11:36 PM

For kendall's post of 20 Jul 03 - 09:01 PM this thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: kendall
Date: 21 Jul 03 - 01:07 PM

Joe Richman...you still around? Is that what you wanted?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: kendall
Date: 21 Jul 03 - 09:09 PM

Where is this guy?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: Joe Richman
Date: 23 Jul 03 - 12:07 AM

Thanks Kendall... sorry for the delay getting back to you.

I remember a couple of other verses too.. the one you gave looks like an American version. The earlier British one had a long monolog and took up two sides of a 78.

examples of verses:

Once there were two dancing girls who went about in gauze
and when they danced in cabarets they were enormous draws
the chief of police arrested them for showing too much zeal
he didn't mind the upper deck but couldn't stand the keel

There was a bloke named Omar and 'e wore a ruby 'at
He lived on loaves of bread and wine but who cares about that
I cannot tell you when he lived the only date that sticks
is Will-I-Am the Conqueror and that's 1066

A young commercial traveler came to Baghdad one day
he climbed upon the hareem wall to watch the girls at play
he promised to be good but when the bathing girls appeared
he got so agitated that he fell and broke his ..... word

Aladdin loved a Princess whom they called Belle-Troubador
and though he loved her dearly, she loved Aladdin more
She opened wide the palace gates to let her drunken Dad in
and who could help if by chance she sometimes let a lad in

Maybe I'll remember more in a bit. It is the monolog I particularly would like to get transcribed.

I remember "[Arab]'You like pretty ladies I show you lovely dancing girls'[British]'I say are they a bit of alright these dancing girls... oh don't be silly'"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: kendall
Date: 23 Jul 03 - 06:59 PM

That's strange that there would be two different versions


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ray Noble's 'Turkish Delight'
From: Joe Richman
Date: 24 Jul 03 - 11:14 PM

Not really .. lots of songs get "covered". Particularly true of British numbers in America or vice versa.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 10:48 AM

There was a gent name Omar and he wore a rubayat,
He lived on loaves of bread and thou but who cares about that.
I don't know when he lived because the only date that sticks is
Will-I-am the Conqueror and that's 1066.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 12 - 06:43 AM

'Pontiac' wrong - should be 'charabanc'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)
From: GUEST,Turkish D. Fan
Date: 18 Oct 14 - 06:35 PM

GUEST was right about charabanc, actually char-a-bancs, a carriage with benches. And the"chap named Omar" wore,not a rubayat but a Rubaiyat, a play on "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam." And the third line on the Victor record was (cockney accent) "I cahn't remember anything, the only date that sticks" etc. And in the "Bal (not Belle) Troubador verse, it concludes "And who can blime'er if by chahnce she sometimes let Aladdin?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Oct 14 - 11:00 PM

There's another thread about this song:

Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)

It contains several detailed transcriptions.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Oct 14 - 11:52 PM

Regarding charabanc/Pontiac:

It depends on which recording you're listening to.

Ray Noble (etc.) sang "charabanc".

Arthur Godfrey sang "Pontiac" in 1947. No doubt Godfrey changed it to make it more intelligible to American audiences. The word "charabanc" is virtually unknown in America.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)
From: GUEST,Winsleydale
Date: 09 Jan 16 - 02:46 AM

Here's what I've come up with, based on my copy of the record and what has already been posted here. Some of the choruses are probably wrong, they are difficult to understand on the record, but I wrote what sounded similar and made some sense.

Turkish Delight, Part One
(A-Side)
Ray Noble and his Mayfair Orchestra
1933
This musical travelogue comes to you by courtesy of the Persian Cap and Carpet Company, whose slogan, "As snug as a bug in a Persian rug," is known all over Wiggam.
(Arab)I sell you a nice carpet, Master. Lovely carpet, very cheap…
Quite, yes. Quite. We are now in the native quarter, which occupies more than three quarters of Baghdad.
(Arab)You want to see pretty postcards, Master? All real photos…
Go away. On our left hand is a large mosque, and on our right, several small mosques, or 'mosquitoes.' The smell is terrible.
(Arab)Alms for the love of Allah!
Oh, take no notice of him. Uh, facing us is a minaret. It is a very old one, and it is rather high. In fact, it is so high that the smell is terrible.
(Arab)You like pretty ladies? I show you lovely dancing girls, ey?
Pardon me one moment – Uh, are they really a bit of alright, these dancing girls? Can you take them – Oh, don't be silly.
Once there was a caliph and he lived in old Baghdad,
The poor old bloke's been dead for years but who cares about that?
He couldn't sleep a wink at night, he had two hundred wives,
Who had to tell him stories, otherwise they lost their lives.

(Chorus)They all told tales, so the first wife told her tale.

King Solomon, that wise old man, he had a thousand wives,
He bought a lovely charabanc to take them all for drives,
The charabanc broke down one night, and here's where trouble starts,
His wives were waiting in a row, but he'd got no spare parts!

(Chorus)All day, oh my, so the next wife told her tale.

Aladdin loved a princess whom they call "Belle Troubador,"
And though he loved her dearly, she loved Aladdin more.
She opened wide the palace gates to let her drunken dad in,
And who can blame her if, by chance, she sometimes let Aladdin.

(Chorus)Oh, dirty girl! So the next wife told her tale.

Abdullah had a little lamp, he swapped it for a camel.
He didn't like its color, so he daubed it with enamel.
The hot sun melted all the paint while crossing the Sahara,
He can't get off because the paint is stuck to his tarara.

(Chorus) Ah-ah-ah-ah, so the next wife told her tale.

(Arab)Alms for the love of Allah!
(Arab)Legs for the love of Allah!
(Tourist)No more wives for the love of my—
Oh, lots more wives, yes, dear boy.
(Tourist)Where are they?
On the other side.
------------ 
Turkish Delight, Part Two
(B-Side)
Ray Noble and his Mayfair Orchestra
1933
(Chorus)Here we are again! So the next wife told her tale.

Once there was a plumber and he left behind his tools,
He always had to do it; it was in the union rules.
He fell into a cistern, and when his mate returned,
It took three years to get him out, what overtime he earned!

(Chorus)Yah, yah, yah, yah, so the next wife told her tale.

A young commercial traveler came to Baghdad one day,
He climbed upon the harem walls to watch the girls at play.
He promised to be good, but when the bathing girls appeared,
He got so agitated that he fell and broke his word.

(Chorus)We want hot dog! So the next wife told her tale.

There was a bloke named Omar and he wore a ruby 'at.
He lived on loaves of bread and thou, but who cares about that?
I can't tell you when he was born, the only date that sticks,
Is Will-I-Am the Conqueror, and that's 1066.

(Chorus)Oh, do ya know? So the next wife told her tale.

Once there were two dancing girls who went about in gauze,
And when they danced in cabarets, they were enormous draws.
The chief of police arrested them for showing too much zeal,
He didn't mind the upper deck, but couldn't stand the keel.

(Chorus)How was that keel? And we haven't got any more wives.
This musical travelogue comes to you by courtesy of the Persian Cap and Carpet Company, whose slogan, "As snug as a bug in a Persian rug," is still known all over Wiggam.
In a few moments, from the highest minaret, you will hear the muezzin calling the faithful to assemble.

Thanks very much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (Ray Noble)
From: GUEST,Graeme Noonan
Date: 30 Jan 16 - 04:29 PM

Sinbad was a sailor and you know what sailors are
One day while out sailing, Sinbad sailed too far
He saw a pretty mermaid a-combing at her locks
But the naked truth upset him and drove him on the rocks

Ah, silly boy, and the next wife told her tale


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