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Ahab, The Arab

Written and Recorded by: "Ray Stevens" 1974

Let me tell you 'bout Ahab The Arab
The Sheik of the burning sand
He had emeralds and rubies just dripping off 'a him
And a ring on every finger of his hands

He wore a big ol' turban wrapped around his head
And a scimitar by his side
And every evening about midnight
He'd jump on his camel named Clyde...and ride

Silently through the night to the sultan's tent

where he would secretly meet up
with Fatima of the Seven Veils,

swingingest grade "A" number one U.S. choice
dancer in the Sultan's whole harem,

 'cause, heh, him and her had a thing going.
You know, and they'd been carrying on

for some time now behind the Sultan's back
and you could hear him talk to his camel

as he rode out across the dunes, his
voice would cut through the still night desert air

and he'd say (melodic garble) which is arabic for, "stop, Clyde!"

and Clyde would say, (whinney whine garble).

Which is camel for, "What the heck did he say anyway?"

Well.... He brought that camel to a screeching halt
At the rear of Fatima's tent

jumped off Clyde,
Snuck around the corner and into the tent he went

There he saw Fatima laying on a Zebra skin rug
Wearing rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
And a bone in her nose ho, ho.

There she was friends lying there in all her radiant beauty.

Eating on a raisin, grape, apricot, pomegranate,

bowl of chitterlings, two bananas, three Hershey bars,

sipping on a "R C" Co-Cola listening to her transistor,

watching the Grand Ole Opry on the tube

reading the Mad magazine while she sung,

"Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor?"

and Ahab walked up to her and he said, (melodic garble)

which is arabic for, "Let's twist again like we did last summer, baby."

You know what I mean!

Whew! She looked up at him from off the rug,

give him one of the sly looks, she said,   "Caaaarazee baby".

'Round and around and around and around...etc.

And that's the story 'bout Ahab the Arab
The Sheik of the Burnin' sand
Ahab the Arab
The swinging Sheik of the burnin' sand




Entry #569


konaneComment by konane - September 8, 2006, 9:42 pm
Can hear that song right now. They had quite a few humor songs during that era, but that was one of the very best!
konaneComment by konane - September 8, 2006, 9:47 pm
1974 has to be a re-release. I remember it around 1962-1963 back on Atlanta's WPLO and WQXI AM radio stations. Sometimes on a good clear night WLS in Chicago would come through.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 8, 2006, 9:53 pm
Yeah, when I saw the date I thought it must be a mistake or a re-release. I couldn't remember when perzackly, but I knew I remembered it a lot earlier. I associate it in my mind with a song by Brook Benton I think must have been popular at the same time.   Something about how the Lord was gonna make it ten times hotter than it ought'a be, that sort of thing.

Gracias for the comment
csfbComment by csfb - September 8, 2006, 10:26 pm
Ha, ha. Never heard this song, but it is so funny! Thanks for sharing.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 9, 2006, 3:46 am
I remember that song. Didn't realize it was Ray Stevens. I remember him on a tv variety show singing "Everything is Beautiful.....in it's own way, la, la, la, la, ....."
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 9, 2006, 3:47 am
I remember that song. Didn't realize it was Ray Stevens. I remember him on a tv variety show singing "Everything is Beautiful.....in it own way, la, la, la, la, ....."
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 9, 2006, 3:51 am
Sorry for messing up your blog, Jack. Darn, I typed my own "pet peeve" which is using it's instead of its. Needed that to make me feel humble. :) Then I used the backspace, which didn't delete my comment, but posted it again, this time without the s. I guess I should give up on being perfect. It's all good. :-)
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 9, 2006, 8:54 am
It's just a blog justx. Ain't a big deal.
Comment by Tinker - September 9, 2006, 11:59 am
Love Ahab, The Arab
You can listen to it at www.napster.com

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