BEAUTIFUL ARABY

BEAUTIFUL ARABY
BEAUTIFUL ARABY
Song
Erwin R. Schmidt
Walter Hirsch
Shapiro, Bernstein & Co.
Barbelle
The underlying theme is the western male, back home in the west, dreams of his eastern love.

Indian “temple bells” are mislocated in an Arabian mosque.

Underneath the stars tonight I watch and sigh,
Searching all the clouds as they go drifting by,
Each one is saying that someone is praying
And longing for me since I said “Good-bye,”
Visions come and go just like a passing dream,
Faces that I love appear in each moonbeam
Perfume of flowers amid sacred towers
Just visions but how real they seem. Oh!

CHORUS:
Shades of night are falling;
How my heart is calling
Beautiful Araby,
Oriental flower
Counting ev’ry hour
In dreamy Araby–
Temple bells are ringing,
Ev’ry moment bringing
Wonderful memory–
Ev’ry breeze is sighing
and soon I will be flying
to Beautiful Araby.

There beside a fountain made of jewels rare,
There beside a mountain is a maiden fair,
Incense burning while my tho[ugh]t’s are turning
To my land of love for my heart is there,
Just a golden dream that ended all too soon,
Dreaming of an oriental honey-moon
Stars in their glory are telling their story
And I ask them all while I croon, Oh!

Arabia/Araby
BEAUTIFUL ARABY