Two-Step Under the Stars

29 12 2014

Another instrumental piece of sheet music, from 1912. Check out the ‘his’ and ‘hers’ mummy cases giving each other the eye.

Under Egyptian Skies 1912_small


A Wise Old Nut Was Old King Tut

22 12 2014

Old King Tut sheet music 1923_small

Lyrics – William Jerome
Music – Harry Von Tilzer
Publisher – Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co., New York, 1923

Three thousand years ago,
In history we know,
King Tutenkhamen ruled a mighty land.
He ruled for many years,
‘Mid laughter, song and tears,
He made a record that will always stand.
They opened up his tomb the other day and jumped with glee,
They learned a lot of ancient history.

In old King Tut – Tut – Tutenkhamen’s day,
Beneath the tropic skies
King Tut-Tut-Tut was very wise
Now old King Tut – Tut – Tut was always gay,
Cleopatra she sat upon his knee
Pat! That’s where she sat.

Now old King Tut was just a nut as you can see,
Still proud was Tut about his Beechnut ancestry.
A thousand girls would dance each day,
With lots of hip-hip-hip-hooray,
In old King Tut-Tut – Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut
King Tutty’s day.

His tomb instead of tears,
Was full of souveniers,
He must have travelled greatly in his time.
The gold and silver ware,
That they found hidden there,
Was from hotels of every land and clime.
While going thru his royal robes they found up in his sleeve,
The first love letter Adam wrote to Eve.

In old King Tut – Tut – Tutenkhamen’s day,
The dancers then in style
Would even make the old Sphinx smile.
In old King Tut – Tut – Tutenkhamen’s day,
On the desert sand old King Tutty’s band
Played while maidens swayed.

They’d dance for old King Tut ‘neath moon-lit skies so warm,
They wore such happy smiles and were in perfect form,
They’d dance for him both fat and thin,
He didn’t care what shape they’re in,
In old King Tut-Tut – Tut-Tut-Tut-Tut
King Tutty’s day.

Tinkling the Ivories by the Nile

9 12 2014

Unfortunately there are no lyrics to accompany this piano sheet music cover art from 1909. So simple, yet there is a dreamy quality that instantly brings to mind a sunset over the Nile.


He’s My Favorite Honkey

20 08 2013

Gotta love Mr. Martin.  In addition to this advertisment, I have the record and sheet music.  Here is the SNL clip for your viewing pleasure.  You’re welcome.

Steve Martin ad

Rainy Day

5 08 2013

Weather too icky to go outside?  No worries – it’s time to play Sphinx – The Game of Ancient Egypt!  This 1970s game includes nifty plastic pyramid and sphinx playing pieces, which make up for the rather bad box cover picture.

Sphinx game












Tall Tale

29 07 2013

Ann Sheridan book-smallHere is an item on my summer reading list.  Published in 1943, this novel features famous actress Ann Sheridan in a story geared for younger audiences.  Will she go to Egypt, or will the sphinx encounter occur elsewhere?  Just what exactly is this mysterious sign?  Will I bite my nails and cower under my blankets with a flashlight while tearing through the closing chapter?  Stay tuned!

8/13/2013  Finished.  And, sadly dissatisfied.  First of all, the Sphinx, despite the cover and various interior illustrations, is not that of ancient Egypt but rather a female Greek version.  Blech.  Add in the overly dramatic wording, potential love affair that never makes it off the ground (oh sure, he’s off to WWII), and the illustrations depicting an ever-beaming and perfectly posed Ann instead of an Ann reflecting fear or worry like the text describes, and this is one read that had me thanking my stars I wasn’t a young adult in the 40s.  Sheesh!

They’re Coming to Take Me Away

15 07 2013

Steely Dan ad“For Steely Dan fans, it’s been an eternity” states this ad for their 1995 compilation Alive in America. I’m not sure what a mummy kidnapping a woman has to do with anything, but I guess when you haven’t done much in fifteen years you need to pull something provocative out of the Magic Bag of Advertising Tricks.

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