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Sheik of Araby

Lyrics:Harry B. Smith ,Francis Wheeler
Music:Ted Snyder

The song was publishe 1921.

Tin Pan Alley was ever vigilant to cash in on popular trends,
whether it be automobiles, airplanes, radio or motion pictures.
A 1921 film The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, was perfect fodder,
and on the heels of its release music publishers Waterson, Berlin
and Snyder published “The Sheik of Araby,”
sometimes known as just “The Sheik.”

Valentino’s movie appearance solidified his status as a screen icon,
especially among women who were known to swoon during
his film appearances.
The Sheik was based on a 1919 romance novel by English writer
Edith Maude Hull and relates the story of an English girl
who is kidnapped and seduced by an Arab sheik.
The girl eventually falls in love with him and they marry.
She discovers in reality that he is a British aristocrat.
Valentino starred in a follow-up, The Son of the Sheik,
in 1926, prior to his untimely death.




I'm the Sheik of Araby,
Your love belongs to me.
At night when you're asleep
Into your tent I'll creep.

And the stars that shine above,
Will light our way to love.
You'll roam this land with me,
I'm the Sheik of Araby.

Oh, I'm the Sheik of Araby
And all the women worship me.
You should see them follow me around. Not bad.
Even wives of all the other sheiks,
They beg to kiss my rosy cheeks
And that ain't bad -- in fact, that's good, I've found. I'm a cad!
When I lay down to sleep
I'm counting girls instead of sheep
From my harem I can't scare 'em out. Why should I?
They're beauties from all races,
And some have pretty faces.
I'm the Sheik who knows what love is all about.




Fats Waller(Sheik of Araby)
Fats Waller


Spike Jones & His City Slickers(Sheik of Araby)
Spike Jones & His City Slickers


Frank Vignola & Friends(Sheik of Araby)
Frank Vignola & Friends


Alice Faye(Sheik of Araby)
Alice Faye


Harry Connick Jr.(Sheik of Araby)
Harry Connick Jr.








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You can never capture it again. "

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