The Place I Want to Go

11 11 2012

Lyrics – Arthur Freed
Music – Harold Weeks
Publisher – Sherman,Clay & Co., San Francisco

In that fair land of Egypt there is a town you know,
They call it old Cairo, that’s the place I want to go;
It’s the land of proud Cleo, who lived in luxury,
There’s a Cleo there for me, and her mark I’d gladly be.

Cairo, your streets are gaily laden, splendor entrancing.
Cairo, you have the sun-burned maiden famed for her dancing.
I know all the charms of dear old Cairo,
If you’d know just ask the Sphinx
What he thinks as he winks at old Cairo.

In that land of all ages where happy hours are spun,
There’s nearly all the fun that you’ll find beneath the sun;
In its quaint old cafes life is one eternal spree,
It’s a cocktail made of glee and that’s good enough for me.

Cairo, your streets are gaily laden, splendor entrancing.
Cairo, you have the sun-burned maiden famed for her dancing.
I know all the charms of dear old Cairo,
If you’d know just ask the Sphinx
What he thinks as he winks at old Cairo.





Parlor Games

4 09 2012

You might think 3D tv is where it’s at, but once upon a time folks got their home entertainment kicks by pulling out the stereoview cards.  These curved pieces of cardboard featured two almost identical photographs, and were inserted into a hand-held device with a hooded pair of lenses that you held up to your eyes – and presto!  The photographs merged into one fabulous 3D image sure to knock you off your horsehair sofa!  That’s right – View Master didn’t invent the idea, they just rearranged the components.  Stereoviews were so popular that they were produced by the thousands, covering every possible topic from architecture to “spirit’ photography to weird exercises to test your vision.  People who had never travelled before could suddenly find themselves atop the Alps, sailing down the Mississippi, or lost in the ruins of Egyptian temples.  Bonus information was printed on the reverse side, which often corresponded to printed publications that you could follow along with and collect all the stereoviews for.





The Pharoah From the Future

29 08 2012

It’s 1963 and the Fantastic Four are at the mercy of Rama-Tut.  Susan Storm attempts to elude the creep by using her powers of invisibility, but alas!  She isn’t wearing her unstable molecule costume, so her clothes are still visible!  Only a few seconds away from being grabbed and re-imprisoned, how will she escape?  Will she be able to save her friends?  Can Rama-Tut be destroyed for good?

 

 

 

 

 

 





Snap Out of It

23 07 2012

Lyrics – J. Will Callahan

Music – Lee S. Roberts

Publisher – Forster Music Publisher Inc., Chicago, 1919

Pale moonlight!
A wond’rous night!
My fancy takes its flight to Rainbow Isle;
Swaying trees, a truant breeze
All bring you to me just for a while.

Cleo, I see only you,
And the dream makes me lonesome and blue,
Brings back that moment divine
When I fancied your heart answered mine;
Cleo, ’twill be only you
And I’d give all this world if you knew,
Just how I’m yearning,
And wait your returning,
Come back to me,
My Cleo, do!

Some June night
Love’s magic light
May guide your boat aright to Rainbow Isle;
O’er the sea of memory
Sometime in the golden Afterwhile.

Cleo, I see only you,
And the dream makes me lonesome and blue,
Brings back that moment divine
When I fancied your heart answered mine;
Cleo, ’twill be only you
And I’d give all this world if you knew,
Just how I’m yearning,
And wait your returning,
Come back to me,
My Cleo, do!





My Egyptian Queen

13 03 2012

Lyrics – Richard Carle

Music – Robert Hood Bowers

Publisher – M. Witmark & Sons, various locations

The Maid and the Mummy is the name of a musical comedy from 1904.  Unfortunately the song represented here is ‘I Fell in Love With Polly’, the lyrics of which have no reference to Egypt, and therefore are not transcribed for your reading pleasure.  

It is of interest to note the other song titles, as listed on the cover – only one has an Egyptian theme:

No Doubt You’d Like to Cuddle up to Baby
Whenever I Visit the Town
The Lion and the Lamb
It’s Great to be Crazy
Peculiar Julia
My Egyptian Queen
Dame Rumor
Flo
Maggie Got Another Situation
I’m So Dizzy
Letters
Sad Experiences
My Gasoline Automobile








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