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Messages about the song: "Turkish Delight"
  Online  -   -  07-09-07 04:25 PM  -  15 years ago
Ray Noble's "Turkish Delight" is not the song whose lyrics I saw in another posting. The words of the title never occur in his song.
British bandleader Ray Noble recorded his delightful "Turkish Delight" on two sides of a 78 rpm record I think c. 1940. It's a parody of the story of Scheherezade which begins, "King Solomon, that wise old man, he had a thousand wives, / Who had to tell him stories, otherwise they lost their lives," and each verse is preceded by "And the next wife told her tale."
A narrator is taking you on a "musical travelogue" though the native quarter of Baghdad (in Turkey? Never mind.) and he is interrupted by beggars and offers of French postcards ("All real photos!") and "You like dahncing girls, Mastah? I show you pretty ladies!"
And he says to us, "Pardon me one moment. [Muttering]: "Are they a bit of all right, these dahncing girls? -- can you take me -- [catching himself] Now don't be silly!"
At the end of the first side, the quavering beggar again: "Alms, for the love of Allah!" the lascivious voice again: "Legs, for the love of Allah!" and a plaintive "No more wives, for the love of Mike?" "Oh, lots more wives yet, dear boy." "Where are they?" "On the other side." It's a British delight which I write about in a book of quotations I have just finished, giving one example of a verse: "Once there was a princess whom they called Bal Troubador / Aladdin loved her dearly, but she loved Aladdin more. / She'd open up the palace gate to let her drunken Dad in, / And who can blame her if by chance she sometimes let Aladdin?" The British love Silly, as witness Benny Hill and Monte Python. I would love to know whether the sheet music is available, if not a recording, so I could remind myself of the rest of those amusing verses.
-- Tom McMorrow,
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