BY THE PYRAMIDS

BY THE PYRAMIDS
Song
Ted Fiorito
Bartley Costello
All Star Trio [Green, Wadsworth & Arden]
Shapiro, Bernstein & Co.
Starmer
The maid is “just his shade,” a subtle racial allusion, not as blatant as the “coon” songs.

Down on the banks of the Nile
Ev’ry night by the light of the moon,
An Arab would bask in the smile
Of a maid just his shade and he’d croon
“Allah be praised you’re my style,
You compare with the fair Cleopatra.

CHORUS:
By the pyramids
(I swear I love you)
(By stars above you)
By the pyramids
(My heart is lonely)
(I want you only)
List to my plea,
I am waiting here on bended knee,
Patiently, Just to hear you say you love me;
I’ll be ever true
(When days are dreary)
(I’ll make you cheery)
As the skies of blue
(My desert flower)
(I’m in your power)
If my Cleopatra you will be
And you’ll save up all your love for me
I’ll buy the Pyramids for you.

I’ve begged so long for your hand,
That the Sphinx may-be thinks I’m insane,
But here on the hot desert sand
I will kneel and appeal once again,
Come be the queen of my band
And to me you will be Cleopatra.

Egypt
BY THE PYRAMIDS