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Oriental Fox Trot
Song
Lindsay McPhail & Walter Michels
Lindsay McPhail & Walter Michels
Charles Dornberger & his Orchestra
Van Alstyne & Curtis
George White’s Scandals, 1923; Ziegfeld Follies, 1924
The orient here includes Senegal and its King San. The song reverses the usual roles of man and woman: it is the woman who leaves and returns and the man who waits in sadness. Charles Dornberger & his Orchestra are featured on the one cover; George Olsen and His Music [sic] with a pharaonic Egyptian scene on the other.

King San of Senegal
Sat on the shore at Bulamay
Singing a sad refrain
To his dear queen who’d gone away,
This was his lay.

CHORUS:
Oh, sweetheart Lona, my darling Lona,
Why have you gone away?
You said you loved me, But if you loved me,
Why did you act this way?
If I had ever been untrue to you
What you have done would be the thing to do;
But my heart aches, dear, And it will break, dear,
If you don’t come back home again to San!

One day the queen came home
Saw San in sadness on the shore
Told him she’d no more roam
Only her San would she adore,
Then came this lore.

Oh, sweetheart Lona, my darling Lona,
Have you come back to stay?
You said you loved me, I knew you loved me,
I knew you’d come back some day.
If I had ever been untrue to you,
What you have done would be the thing to do;
But now you’re mine, dear, For all the time, dear,
And you’re forgiven by your loving San!

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