Ray Stevens

Ahab, The Arab - some lines unclear
(Ray Stevens)

Let me tell you about Ahab, the Arab
The sheik of the burning sands
He had emeralds and rubies just a drippin' off 'a him
And a ring on every finger of his hand
He wore a big ol' turban wrapped around his head
And a scimitar by his side
And every evenin', about midnight
He'd jump on his camel named Clyde

And ride silently through the night to the sultan's tent
Where he would secretly meet up with Fatima of the Seven Veils
The swingingest number one choice dancer
In the sultan's whole harem
'Cause, like him and her had a thing goin', you know
And they'd been carryin' on for some time now behind the sultan's back
And you could hear him talk to his camel
As he rode out across the dunes
His voice would cut through the still night desert air
And he'd say (....)
Which is Arabic for, "oh, babies" and Clyde'd say (....)

Well, he brought his camel to a screechin' halt
In the rear of Fatima's tent
Jumped off Clyde, snuck around the corner
And into the tent he went
There he saw Fatima layin' on a zebra skin rug
With rings on her fingers
And bells on her toes and a bone in her nose, ho ho

There she was, friends and neighbors, layin' there in all her radiant beauty
Eating on a raisin, and a grape, and an apricot, and a pomegranate
A bowl of chitterlings, two bananas, three Hershey bars
And sipping on an ROCco-cola, listenin' to her transistor
Watchin' the Grand Ole Opry
And readin' a Mad magazine while she sung
"Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor?"
And Ahab walked up to her and he say (....)
Which is Arabic for "let's twist again like we did last summer, baby"
And she say "ha ha ha ..... crazy baby"

'Round and around and around and around
And around and around and around

All of a sudden the sultan walked in
Ahab knew that this was the end
Him and Fatima was caught by surprise
And the sultan had fire flashin' out of his eyes
Well the sultan charged that Ahab
Intending to make a dent
In his head, but he fled with Fatima
And out of the tent they went
They jumped on Clyde and started to ride
Cuttin' out across the sand
With the sultan's whole army in a hot pursuit
On and on they ran

Well, to make the long story short
They got away, 'cause there weren't no animal alive
What could keep up with Clyde once he got started
'Cause he was the swiftest speed on the whole desert ???
And they made it across the border
Where he half hocked all is Rubies and Emeralds
And he bought 'em a swanky little split-level pad
And lived healthy ever after

Yeah, and that's the story 'bout Ahab, the Arab
The sheik of the burnin' sands
Ahab the Arab, the swingin' sheik of the burnin' sand ....



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