DOWN BY THE BEAUTIFUL NILE

DOWN BY THE BEAUTIFUL NILE
Song
Geo. W. Meyer
Alfred Bryan
Jerome H. Remick & Co.
This may be the first mention in popular song of “making the desert bloom,” although the idea of having only roses is a western touch (Cf. the garden of roses in the “Palace in Palestine”).

I know a land, dear, oriental,
Where hearts are always sentimental
Let’s steal away
Far, far away,
Let’s go romancing,
Through lands entrancing

CHORUS:
Come, Love,
We’ll make our home in Egypt,
Down by the Nile, beautiful Nile,
Come, Love,
and live among the Arabs,
Just for a while, just for a while,
Within the shadows of the pyramids,
Where Cleopatra closed her dreamy lids,
Come, Love,
We’ll make our home in Egypt,
Down by the beautiful Nile.

Where Egypt’s lovely queen reposes,
We’ll make the desert bloom with roses,
Just you and me
Our friends will be
Moonlight and starlight,
Midnight and lovelight

DOWN BY THE BEAUTIFUL NILE