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Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)

yup 19 Oct 06 - 02:34 PM
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From: yup
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 02:34 PM

I have been trying to get the words to a song that Arthur Godfrey sang, perhaps in the 40's. I did find Turkish Delight and the words seemed to follow the music that I know. The one about the camel and enamel. The words I remember are:

King Solomon, that wise old man, he had a thousand wives.
He bought a brand new Cadillac to take them all on drives.
The Cadillac broke down one day, and here's where trouble starts,
His wives were waiting in a row, and he's got no spare parts,

Eye, eye, eye, eye, and the next wife told her tale.

Aladdin loved a princess, her name, Belle Troubadour,
And though she loved her daddy, she loved Aladdin more.
She opened wide the palace gates to let her drunken dad in.
And who could her, if by chance, she sometimes let a lad in."


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Subject: RE: Arthur Godfrey song about Solomon
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 10:49 PM

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Subject: RE: Arthur Godfrey song about Solomon
From: Duke
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 10:13 AM

The only information I can give you is that Jackie Washington sings that song, but I don't know for sure if he ever recorded it.


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Subject: RE: Arthur Godfrey song about Solomon
From: kendall
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 10:25 AM

Once there was a Caliph 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 200 wives
Who had to tell him stories or the wives they lost their lives

eye eye eye eye
And the first wife 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 etc.

Abdullah had a little lamb he 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

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 were waiting in the road but he's got no spare parts.

eye eye

I first heard this by Arthur Godfrey when I was a boy. Never did learn all of it.


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Subject: RE: Arthur Godfrey song about Solomon
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 11:04 AM

Cole Porter's comedy number "Solomon" was introduced in the show Nymph Errant in 1933. It was much covered, added to and parodied. Perhaps this was the source for Arthur Godfrey's recording?

The late Elisabeth Welch also recorded it. It is on her CDs "Live in New York" and "In Concert" both of which are still available.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TURKISH DELIGHT (Max Kester, Ray Noble)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Nov 06 - 08:28 AM

Copied from an academic paper called "When Palestine Played the Palace: Vaudeville Interprets the Balfour Declaration" by Charles A. Kennedy (Click here for the pdf file.)
    "Here is the last word in political incorrectness about the Middle East. Without fear or favor, without good sense or good taste, this song by Ray Noble lampoons male and female, Turk and Arab, Persian and Pakistani. The range of its targets is matched only by the inaccuracy of its information."

    TURKISH DELIGHT
    Music by Ray Noble
    Words by Max Kester
    ©1937 Cinephonic Music Co., Ltd.; ©1948 Campbell-Connelly, Inc.

    Once there was a Caliph and he lived in old Baghdad,
    He led a most unhappy life, Be-Gum, Be-Gosh, Be-Gad;
    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: Yah-ah-ah-ah, So the [first/next] wife told her tale.

    Once there was a tourist who took a trip to Turkey,
    He went out for adventure when the night was dark and murky,
    He tried to kiss a Turkish girl, but she remarked, "My word,
    You may be fond of Turkey, but I'm not that kind of bird."

    Sinbad was a sailor, and you know what sailors are!
    He sailed about the seven seas, but once he went too far.
    He saw a lovely mermaid a-combing out her locks,
    The naked truth upset him and he soon was on the rocks.

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

    The Oriental beauties, they veil their pretty faces,
    Although they aren't so careful about some other places,
    They make whoopee and aren't found out and here's the reason why,
    A woman in a veil can never tell a bare-faced lie.

    Cleopatra was a gal who always got her man,
    She wooed a certain Emir who lived in Pakistan.
    She wore her most exotic gown, she thought it would convince,
    It did all right—He put it on, she hasn't seen him since.

    The Sultan of Morocco has a wonderful hareem,
    With wives of every colour from chocolate to cream.
    He's only got three-sixty-five and yet it makes him groan,
    For every time leap year comes round he has to sleep alone.

    CHORUS: Yah-ah-ah-ah, So the last wife told her tale.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: GUEST,czo
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 12:41 AM

My dad had a record and I played it in the basement when I was a kid. I remember: "King Solomon that wise old man he had a thousand wives. He bought a lovely Cadillac and took them out for drives. His Cadillac broke down one night and here's where trouble starts. His wives were waiting in an inn and he has no spare parts. Abdullah had a little lamb and he swapped it for a camel. He didn't like its colors so daubbed it with enamel. The hot sun melted all the paint while crossing the Sahara and here's were trouble starts. He can't get off because the paint is stuck to his saharah.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: PHJim
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 12:50 AM

Jackie Washington recorded Turkish Delight on his Midnight Choo-Choo album on Borealis.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 02:43 AM

http://arabkitsch.com/directory/turkish-delight-2


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 08:34 AM

TURKISH DELIGHT by Arthur Godfrey

(Lyrics by Max Kester, music by Ray Noble)

Once there was a Caliph
And he lived in old Bagdad
He led a most unhappy life,
Be-gum, Be-gosh, Be-gad
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:
Ah-Yah-Yah-Yah
So the first/next wife told her tale.

King Solomon, that wise old man,
He had a thousand wives
He bought an old sight-seeing bus
To take them all for drives
The bus broke down a thousand times,
Which made him Ha-Ha-Ha
For ev'ry time the bus broke down,
A wife went home to ma.

Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha
So the next wife told her tale.

Cleopatra was a gal
Who always got her man
She wooed a certain Emir
Who lived in Pakistan
She wore her most exotic gown
She thought it would convince,
It did all right--He put it on
She hasn't seen him since.

Ah-Yah-Yah-Yah,
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
Has stuck to his "Ta Ra Ra."

Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-de-Ay,
So the next wife told her tale.

Once there was a plumber
And he left behind his tools
I've heard that plumbers do it,
For plumbers are no fools
He fell into the cistern
And when his mate returned
It took three years to get him out,
What over-time he earned.

Ah-Yah-Yah-Yah,
So the next wife told her tale.

There was a Persian Pasha
And he went to Tennessee
To find himself a nice young bride,
As young as she could be.
He almost blew his turban
Till he found his chosen one
The preacher held the service
And her pappy held the gun.

Ah-Yah-Yah-Yah,
So the last wife told her tale.


It differs a bit from the lyrics posted by J Dixon earlier.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TURKISH DELIGHT (from Ray Noble)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 11:23 PM

You can hear this on YouTube. It's also on Spotify. The numbered verses and choruses are sung; the rest is spoken. An ellipsis indicates words I couldn't understand.


TURKISH DELIGHT
As recorded by Ray Noble & His Mayfair Orchestra, with Bobbie Comber, vocalist, 1932.

[Part 1]

NARRATOR: This musical travelogue comes to you by courtesy of the Persian Cat and Carpet Company, whose slogan "Snug as a bug in a Persian rug" is known all over Wigan.

VOICE: I sell you a nice carpet, master. Lovely carpet, very cheap!

NARRATOR: Quite, yes, quite. We are now in the native quarter which occupies more than three quarters of Baghdad.

VOICE: You want to see pretty postcards, master? All real photos.

NARRATOR: Go away! On our left hand is a large mosque, and on our right several small mosques, or mosquitoes. The smell is terrible.

VOICE: Alms, for the love of Allah!

NARRATOR: Oh, take no notice of him. Facing us is a minaret. It is very old and it is rather high. In fact, it is so high that the smell is terrible.

VOICE: You like pretty ladies? I show you lovely dancing girls, eh?

NARRATOR: Pardon me one moment. Are they really a bit of all right, these dancing girls? Can you take me—? Now, don't be silly.

1. 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: Bring out your dead! So the first wife told her tale.

2. 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: ... So the next wife told her tale.

3. Aladdin loved a princess whom they called Belle Troubadour,
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 a lad in?

CHORUS: Oh, naughty girl! So the next wife told her tale,

4. Abdullah had a little lamb; he swapped it for a camel.
He didn't like its colour 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 ta-ra-ra.

CHORUS: Ah-ah-ah-ah! So the next wife told her tale.

[Instrumental interlude]

VOICE 1: Alms, for the love of Allah!

VOICE 2: Legs, for the love of Allah!

VOICE 3: No more wives, for the love of Mike!

NARRATOR: Oh, lots more wives yet, dear boy.

VOICE 3: Where are they?

NARRATOR: On the other side!

[Part 2]

CHORUS: Here we are again! So the next wife told her tale.

5. 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: Ya-ya-ya-ya! So the next wife told her tale.

6. A young commercial traveller 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.

[Instrumental interlude]

7. 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 ten-sixty-six.

CHORUS: ... So the next wife told her tale.

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

CHORUS: ... And we haven't got any more wine.

[Instrumental interlude]

NARRATOR: This musical travelogue comes to you by courtesy of the Persian Cat and Carpet Company, whose slogan "Snug as a bug in a Persian rug" is still known all over Wigan. In a few moments from the highest minaret you will hear the muezzin calling the faithful to assemble.

[Cuckoo sound, followed by a clarinet solo that resembles "The Dance of the Cuckoos"—the theme of the Laurel and Hardy comedies.]

NARRATOR: Thanks very much.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MORE TURKISH DELIGHT (from Noble/Sarony)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jan 14 - 09:33 AM

This can also be heard on YouTube, as well as Spotify:


MORE TURKISH DELIGHT
As recorded by Ray Noble & His Orchestra, with Leslie Sarony, vocalist.

NARRATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the second of our personally conducted tours round the mysterious East. We are now passing Mecca, and if the natives would only "Mecca" little less noise, you would be able to hear the asses bleating.

VOICE: Well, we don't want to hear you.

NARRATOR: Ignore that low vagabond. That building near the strand is a hareem, or zanana.

CHORUS: Let's all go down the Strand! Have a zanana!

NARRATOR: Eh, so few of the bunch. On my left is a litter.

VOICE: Yes, there's a lot of litter left here; I can smell it.

NARRATOR: The litter is what mandarins are borne in.

VOICE: What, out in the public streets?

1. You must have heard of Chu Chin Chow, the mandarin from China.
He tried to wed a fair young slave, but found she was a minor.
"All right, my beauty," he remarked, "just wait in this here cage.
My other wives will last me until you become of age."

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

2. Once there was a tourist who took a trip to Turkey.
He went out for adventure when the night was dark and murky.
He tried to kiss a Turkish girl but she remarked, "My word!
You may be fond of Turkey, but I'm not that kind of bird."

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

[Instrumental interlude]

3. The oriental beauties, they veil their pretty faces,
Although they aren't so careful about some other places.
They make whoopee and aren't found out, and here's the reason why:
An eastern woman in a veil can't tell a bare-faced lie.
Eastern drones!

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

[Instrumental interlude]

4. Have you heard the story of Aladdin and his lamp?
He bought it from a genie who was dressed up as a tramp.
His wife said, "I will rub it and see what I can get."
She rubbed the damn thing day and night but nothing's happened yet.

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

VOICE 1: Honourable sir, deign to honour this low dwelling with your august presence!

VOICE 2: Say, what is this, a hula-hula den?

VOICE 1: This miserable edifice is too euphoniously styled the Palace of the Myriad Delights.

VOICE 2: What, have you really got some of those—?

VOICE 1: Shhhh!

5. Once there was a traveller who went to see the shah.
They took him to the palace gate and said, "Well, here we are.
Walk slowly backwards to the throne; be sure your face to hide."
He did as he was told, poor chap, and found himself outside.

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

6. Sinbad was a sailor, and you know what sailors are.
He sailed about the seven seas but once he went too far.
He saw a lovely mermaid a-combing out her locks.
The naked truth upset him and he soon was on the rocks.

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

[Instrumental interlude]

7. Once there was a caliph who walked up a winding path,
And all at once he came upon a ladies' Turkish bath.
The girls all screamed with horror at this masculine intrusion,
But it was quite all right for they were covered with confusion.

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

[Instrumental interlude]

8. The sultan of Morocco has a wonderful harem,
With wives of every colour from chocolate to cream.
He's only got three-sixty-five, and yet it makes him groan,
For ev'ry time leap year comes round he has to sleep alone.

CHORUS: Ah, ah, ah, ah!

[There's a bit more patter here, but as I didn't understand it well enough to get the jokes, I won't bother transcribing what little I understood.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 17 Jan 14 - 11:42 AM

Thanks, Jim. I've made a MIDI of the tune for the verses and will send it to Joe for posting here.

It's not every day I see a quarter note attached to the first note of a triplet as in "who caaaaares a-bout that?".

Click to play (joeweb)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Jan 14 - 08:49 PM

MIDI posted. Link in leeneia's message above.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Jan 14 - 12:25 PM

The next challenge is, what are the guys singing between the verses on Ray Noble's records on YouTube?

In P.G. Wodehouse's novels about Bertie and Jeeves, Bertie is sometimes sequestered in his flat with a hangover, and a pal will smite the door and call out a cheerful "Bring out your dead!" Apparently this was a phrase that had caught the public's fancy, like today's "Make my day" or "We don't need no stinkin I.D."

So here's what the men are singing after the verses:

1. Bring out your dead, and next wife told her tale.

2. I can't understand this one.

3. Oh, naughty girl, and next wife told her tale.
    This is the verse about Aladdin

4. Ah, ah, ah, and next wife told her tale.

5. Ja, ja, ja, ja, and next wife told her tale.

    This is after the verse about the plumber.

6. We want hot dogs, and next wife told her tale.

   The orchestral music after this one is a send-up of 'The Hall of the Mountain King' from Pier Gynt.

7. Bow, dowie, dow, dow and next wife told her tale.

8. ???, and he never caught any more wives.

    This is the verse about the police chief arresting the dancers.

I enjoyed doing this, because they are obviously having fun. I don't want to sound like an old crab, but when did I last hear a piece of pop music where anybody was having fun?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Turkish Delight (from Arthur Godfrey)
From: GUEST,Rosco in WA
Date: 15 Dec 14 - 06:25 AM

Pharaoh had a daughter with a most bewitching smile
She found the baby Moses a floating on the Nile
She took him home to father and he believed the tale
Which was just about as probable as Jonah and the whale.

Jonah was an Isrealite he should have been in jail
He booked a steerage passage on a trans atlantic whale
The whale it sailed for days and days and finally came to rest
Jonah pushed the button and the whale thru up his guest.


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