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Little Egypt

October 11, 2007 3:08 PM

Once again, a song by my pierced and tattooed puppet Sailor Martin , detailing a burlesque dancer in Cairo.

Composed by singing new lyrics over an existing public domain song, "Suez" by Clyde Doerr and His Orchestra, recorded in 1922. Sung directly into a Casio Exilim digital camera on digital video mode and then edited using GarageBand. I am putting this into this month's challenge because the song has lots of notes, is sort of spooky, and my puppet's voice is vaguely Tom Waitsish.

posted by Astro Zombie (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Lyrics:
Six sailors went to old Cairo
Where did they go? To the Little Egypt show.
She danced in veils and the sailors swore
She wore a smile and a ring
And she wore nothing more.

Oh! That girl! And oh! That night!
I think about it all the time!
Oh! Should I? I think I might!
Her pleasures are sublime!
Oh Little Egypt you are calling to me
What hides behind your veil? I must see!
Oh! That girl! Little Egypt!
I'm sure she's naked back there!

Oh! That night in old Cairo!
I seen some things I dare not say!
She danced a dance of seven veils
And then her veils fell away!
Oh Little Egypt what a sight to behold!
The men they threw you coins of silver and gold!
Oh, that girl! Little Egypt!
I tells you she Wasn't wearing nothing at all, man!
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:20 PM on October 11, 2007


Ahoy! So glad to see the rowdy Sailor made it back to shore, and was on dry land long enough to record this little gem. (Or does he have a home studio on his boat, I wonder?) Anyway, as you know, Astro, I'm a big fan, and I hope we don't have to wait so long again for the next excellent installment in Sailor Martin's salty oeuvre.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:29 PM on October 11, 2007


Hey, do you and Sailor Martin tour with stuff like this? Seriously, they do a (revivalist?) burlesque show nearby and this would kick ass in it.
posted by snsranch at 4:07 PM on October 11, 2007


that is a good fucking tom waits.
posted by es_de_bah at 10:16 PM on October 11, 2007


Ah ha ha -- that's awesome. That Sailor Martin seems like an interesting fellow.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:47 AM on October 14, 2007


Yeah, great selection of the background song, and great Tom Waits impression. This is my favorite Sailor Martin of the ones you've posted so far.
posted by micayetoca at 7:33 PM on October 15, 2007


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