ARABIAN NIGHTS- “ALADDIN”

Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Walt Disney Music Co.
Alladin
Robin Williams
The New York Times editorial, 7/14/ 93, referred to this song under the heading, “It’s Racist, But Hey, It’s Disney.”

Casey Kasem and Jay Goldsworthy offered variant versions in the Los Angeles Times, 5/17/93:

Anti-Native American lyrics:
Oh, I come from the wide open spaces out West
Where the Indian ponies roam,
Where they scalp you dead if they don’t like your head,
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.
Anti-Mexican/Latino lyrics:
Oh, I come from a land where they sleep in the sun,
And the gangs of bandidos roam.
Where they hang you in jail if you don’t have the bail,
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.
Anti-Jewish/Israeli lyrics:
Oh, I come from a land where religion is law
And the prophets and rabbis roam.
Where they stone you to death if you question the faith,
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.

Oh, I come from a land, from a far away place,
where the caravan camels roam.
Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face.
It’s babaric, but hey, it’s home.

When the wind’s from the east and the sun’s from the west
and the sand in the glass is right.
Come on down, stop on by,
hop a carpet and fly to another Arabian night.

Arbian nights like Arabian days more often than not
are hotter than hot in a lotta good ways.
Arabian nights ‘neath Arabian moons,
a fool off his guard could fall and fall hard out there on the dunes.

ARABIAN NIGHTS- “ALADDIN”