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BEAUTIFUL QUEEN OF THE NILE >From the Broadway Revue "Cheer Up" (1917) (Music: Raymond Hubbell / Lyrics: John L. Golden) Ford Dabney's Band - 1917 The sphinx has been silent for thousands of years And guarded the secrets of Egypt right well But if it would speak, what stories of tears And tales of sweet love it could tell For here in its shadow, a wondrous love came A soldier and siren, a tent for their home The queen of the Nile, Cleopatra her name And Anthony, bravest of Rome He sued her and wooed her o'er desert and ocean And this was his song of devotion... Queen of the Nile You've made my life well worthwhile Somehow, some way, some time and some day I'll pray that I'll win your smile For my crown I gave To be your own humble slave Here, dear, with you on this isle My beautiful Queen of the Nile When Antony came with his thousands of men To Egypt to rule them, a conqueror brave The Siren, she woo'd and subdued him and then The conqueror soon was her slave And he who had ruled over Caesar himself For fair Cleopatra was lowly and mean Gave up claim for fame, for power or pelf To love and be loved by his Queen And swains of today sing the same old love story That Antony sang in his glory... Queen of the Nile You've made my life well worthwhile Somehow, some way, some time and some day I'll pray that I'll win your smile For my crown I gave To be your own humble slave Here dear with you on this isle My beautiful Queen of the Nile (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2016)

    


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