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Oxsan sings Abdul Abulbul Amir

Abdul Abulbul Amir

All during my childhood there was a song that was very popular that went by the title printed above and was nearly always sung at neighborhood singsongs that were then very popular and sort of occurred spontaneously. I know the tune but would hesitate to try to teach it to any of you because as you know God so richly endowed me with good looks that He felt it dangerous to also give me musical talent for fear of invoking turmoil among the ladies. I am going to put the words
To this ballad below in the hope that someone knows the tune and will preserve this old folk-song and prevent its untimely death

This song involves two characters in the war between Persia and Russia for the Caucasus and is set in that portion of the war that occurred during the period 1801 to 1853. It was much like some of the bitter fighting in the region today. I haven’t heard the song sung in over fifty years but I have seen the words printed somewhere and have jotted them down in a notebook I have. They are:

The sons of the Prophet are brave men and bold
And quite unaccustomed to fear,
But the bravest by far in the ranks of the Shah
Was Abdul Abulbul Amir.

If you wanted a man to encourage the van
Or harass the foe from the rear
Storm fort or redoubt, you had only to shout
For Abdul Abulbul Amir.

But the heroes were plenty and well known to fame
In the troops that were led by the Czar,
And the bravest of these was a man by the name
Of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

He would imitate Irving, play poker and pool ,
And would strum on the Spanish guitar,
In fact quite the cream of the Muscovite team
Was Ivan Skavinsky Skavar

One day this bold Russian did shoulder his gun,
And put on a most obvious sneer,
Downtown he did go, and he trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

“Young man,” said the Abdul “Has life grown so dull
That you wish to end your career”
For infidel know that you’ve trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.”

Said Ivan, “My friend, your remarks in the end
Will avail you but little I fear
For you ne’er will survive to repeat them alive
Mr. Abdul Abulbul Amir.

So take your last look at sea, sun and brook,
And send your regrets to the Czar;
For by this I imply, you are going to die
Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar!”

They fought all that night, ‘neath the pale yellow moon,
The din was heard from afar,
And multitudes came so great was the fame
Of Abulbul and Ivan Skavar.

The Sultan drove by in his red-breasted fly,
Expecting the victor to cheer,
But he only drew nigh to hear the last sigh
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

Czar Petrovich too, in his spectacles blue
Rode up in hid new-crested car.
He arrived just in time to exchange a last line
With Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

Oh, a tomb rises up where the blue Danube rolls,
Engraved there in characters clear,
Are “Stranger, when passing, pray for the soul
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.”

A muscovite maiden her lone vigil keeps,
“Neath the light of the pale polar star,
And the name that she murmurs so oft as she weeps
Is Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

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Oddly enough, I just found the mp3s for both Abdul Abulbul Amir and the Return of Abdul Abulbul Amir and loaded em up at the Ranch.

Abdul Abulbul Amir



The Return of Abdul Abulbul Amir

The artist is some guy named Frank Crumit. He must be British.

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Turns out he's American.

Frank Crumit



"Frank Crumit was born in 1889 in Jackson, Ohio. His early career took a somewhat unusual route from the Culver Military Academy, Indiana, via the University of Ohio, into vaudeville as the One Man Glee Club. He made his first recording in 1919 for the Columbia label, and then later signed for Victor Records in 1924 and shortly after for Decca. Crumit enjoyed great popularity throughout the 1920s and 1930s, appearing in several Broadway shows, including ‘The Greenwich Village Follies’. He also appeared in ‘Tangerine’ with his future wife, Julia Sanderson, with whom he recorded the hit ‘Would you like to take a walk’. They married in 1927 and retired from show business for two years. Following their comeback in 1929, they were extremely successful together on radio in the 1930s as the Singing Sweethearts. In 1939 they began ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ game show which continued until Crumit's death in 1943."

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