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THE RIFF SONG (1925) From the Broadway Operetta "The Desert Song (1926) (Music by: Sigmund Romberg / Words by: Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II) Robert Halliday (Broadway Production) - 1926 Harry Welchman (London Production) - 1927 Nat Shilkret & His Orch. (vocal: The Revelers) - 1927 John Boles (Film Soundtrack) - 1929 Dennis Morgan (Film Soundtrack) - 1943 Wilbur Evans - 1945 Gordon MacRae (Film Soundtrack) - 1953 Tony Martin - 1953 Nelson Eddy - 1953 Gordon MacRae - 1953 Earl Wrightson - 1955 Nelson Eddy (TV Production) - 1955 Giorgio Tozzi - 1959 Percy Faith & His Orchestra (vocal: Earl Wrightson) - 1959 Mario Lanza - 1960 Edmund Hockridge (London Production) - 1962 Gordon MacRae - 1963 Over the ground there comes a sound It is the drum, drum, drum of hoofbeats in the sand Quiver with fear if you are near It is the thunder of The Shadow and his Band (And all who plunder learn to understand) (To understand the cry of.....) Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you know If you're The Red Shadow's foe The Riffs will strike with a blow That brings you woe! No darkest night can bring respite For still the drum, drum, drum of hoofbearts in the air No flying steed could match in speed The swiftness of The Shadow's vengeance drawing near Fear grips the heart, when they the message hear As clarion clear the challenge Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you know If you're The Red Shadow's foe The Riffs will strike with a blow That brings you woe! ****** As Recorded by Mario Lanza (Tenor) with Raymond Murcell (Baritone) and Donald Arthur (Bass): Over the ground there comes a sound It is the drum, drum, drum of hoofbeats in the sand Quiver with fear if you are near It is the thunder of The Shadow and his Band His Band will find you (And all who plunder learn to understand) (To understand the cry of.....) Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you know If you're The Red Shadow's foe The Riffs will strike with a blow That brings you woe! Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you know If you're The Red Shadow's foe The Riffs will strike with a blow That brings you woe! (Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - July 2005)

    


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