NIGHTS OF ARABIA

NIGHTS OF ARABIA
Kamelot
Noise Records/Modern Music
The song is a retelling of the Sheherazade story in which the original setting in Baghdad has been replaced with a campfire gathering in a generic Arabian desert.

This song has been issued twice by Kamelot, a heavy metal rock band, once on the CD “Fourth Legacy,” track 5 (2000) and again on “Expedition,” track 8 (also 2000) with an instrumental introduction, “Desert Reign [sic].”

The lyric is reproduced here as it was published with spellings and grammar left as printed.

came across the waters
a kingdom in the sands
unfaithful to the sultan
a killing was at hand
challenged to survival
a legacy of fear
eternal mystic legends
one for every tear

nights of Arabia
the queen has lost her right to life
nights of Arabia
her destiny in story lines
nights of Arabia
a thousand tales and one for life
these are nights of Arabia

whispers in the moonlight
a gathering of vales
circled round the fire
to hear this evenings tale
standing on the threshold
the crest of darkened nights
seduction of the hunter
the slave regains her might

“lost inside a shadow
erase the sins I’ve made
heavenly [will?] reward me
with mercy on my fate”

nights of Arabia
the queen has lost her right to life
nights of Arabia
her destiny in story lines
nights of Arabia
a thousand tales and one for life
these are nights of Arabia
Sheherazade will never die

The sultan relents his feeble heart
His love for the queen is greater than he’ll ever know
“it’s easy to let you feed my nights
someone to touch, someone to hold
someone to feel, someone to love”

“here I am to die alone
voices from heaven above
hear my call awaken my soul
forgive me for what I have done”

challenged to survival
a legacy of fear
eternal mystic legends
one for every tear.

NIGHTS OF ARABIA