TURKISH LOVE SONG

TURKISH LOVE SONG
TURKISH LOVE SONG
Song
Silvio Hein
Avery Hopwood
T. B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter, N.Y.
Here are all the bad variations on Turk/Turkey, including “Turkess.”

That the sultan could ship someone to the North Pole is secondary to the need for a rhyme for the popular Edison phonograph rolls.

The suitor’s honorable intention (and sexual desires) are combined in his plans for a home for his love and their children-to-be.

In Turkeyland, far, far away
Where Turks and turkeys grow;
A Turkey Turk a Turkess loved
But dared not tell her so.
She was a Princess, he was just a plain or garden Turk
But he sang this song to her ev’ry night
Although ’twas ticklish work!

CHORUS:
My lady love, I’ll watch all night
For a glimpse of your bright eyes,
The rest of your face I have never seen
For your veil is a good disguise,
But if you love me as I love you
We’ll build a little house for two,
Or three, or four, or five,
As long as I live I will love you,
So won’t you love me too?

Her father heard that song and shipped
Her Turk to the far North Pole;
But the Turkey Turk to his Turkess sent
His song on a phonograph roll.
She was a Princess, he was just a plain or garden Turk,
But she followed him to the far North Pole,
Although ’twas ticklish work!

Turkey
TURKISH LOVE SONG