HERE’S TO THE SULTAN

Song
M. K. Jerome
Harold Berg
Vitaphone
This song is found in ms. in the Library of Congress Music Collection; it carries the notation “Vitaphone Varieties, ‘The Sultan.'”

Here’s to the Sultan, kingly and duly,
I live the Sultan’s part,
I am the Sultan, But I am truly
a beggar man at heart,
I have the power, I have the riches,
Of any king’s abode,
But I’d give them all to answer the call,
the call of the open road.

Though a Sultan I am,
still my life is a sham,
Oh! to be just like Omar Khayyam,
If I only could dream by the side of a stream
I would be a far happier man,
Here’s to the Sultan living in glory,
But life’s not what it seems,
With all of my might,
just pity my plight,
A fool living in dreams, just dreams.

HERE’S TO THE SULTAN