Abdul Abulbul Amir

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The sons of the prophet were hardy and bold,
And quite unaccustomed to fear,
But the bravest of these was a man, I am told
Named Abdul Abulbul Amir.

This son of the desert, in battle aroused,
Could spit twenty men on his spear.
A terrible creature, both sober and soused
Was Abdul Abulbul Amir.

When they needed a man to encourage the van,
Or to harass the foe from the rear,
Or to storm a redoubt, they had only to shout
For Abdul Abulbul Amir.

There are heroes aplenty and men known to fame
In the troops that were led by the Czar;
But the bravest of these was a man by the name
Of Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

He could imitate Irving, play Euchre and pool
And perform on the Spanish Guitar.
In fact, quite the cream of the Muscovite team
Was Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

The ladies all loved him, his rivals were few;
He could drink them all under the bar.
As gallant or tank, there was no one to rank
With Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

One day this bold Russian had shouldered his gun
And donned his most truculent sneer
Downtown he did go, where he trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

"Young man,' quoth Bulbul, "has life grown so dull,
That you're anxious to end your career?
Vile infidel! Know, you have trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir".

"So take your last look at the sunshine and brook
And send your regrets to the Czar;
By this I imply you are going to die,
Mr. Ivan Skavinsky Skivar".

Quoth Ivan, "My friend, your remarks, in the end,
Will avail you but little, I fear,
For you ne'er will survive to repeat them alive,
Mr. Abdul Abulbul Amir!'.

Then this bold mameluke drew his trusty chibouque
With a cry of "Allah Akbar!"
And with murderous intent, he ferociously went
For Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

They parried and thrust and they side-stepped and cussed
'Till their blood would have filled a great pot.
The philologist blokes, who seldom crack jokes,
Say that hash was first made on that spot.

They fought all that night, 'neath the pale yellow moon;
The din, it was heard from afar;
And great multitudes came, so great was the fame
of Abdul and Ivan Skivar.

As Abdul's long knife was extracting the life -
In fact, he was shouting "Huzzah!' - -
He felt himself struck by that wily Kalmuck,
Count Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

The sultan drove by in his red-breasted fly,
Expecting the victor to cheer;
But he only drew nigh to hear the last sigh
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

Czar Petrovich, too, in his spectacles blue
Rode up in his new crested car.
He arrived just in time to exchange a last line
With Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

A loud-sounding splash from the Danube was heard
Resounding o'er meadows afar;
It came from the sack fitting close to the back
Of Ivan Skavinsky Skovar.

There's a tomb rises up where the blue Danube flows;
Engraved there in characters clear;
"Ah stranger, when passing, please pray for the soul
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir".

A Muscovite maiden her lone vigil keeps,
'Neath the light of the pale polar star;
And the name that she murmurs as oft as she weeps
Is Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

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c, Canada

25 March 2016 at 4:02pm

silly religious tradiotional

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Monika, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

28 March 2015 at 7:34am

elsiesparon skriver:Hej Cecilia!Jamen eller hur, jag re5kar oxe5 ste4lla lite grf6nsaker de4r vid de hriugnga sme5 rackarna:)Men det he4r med att sluta med ve4lling e4r verkligen inte se5 enkelt. Vi gjorde det med Elsie, kanske hf6ll pe5 i en vecka ne4r det var gapskrik 2-3 timmar varje natt. Vi pallade inte jobbet och hon blev hemskickad fre5n dagis. Sen blev hon sjuk och vi var tillbaka pe5 ruta 1.Se5 om vi skall gf6ra det med Bibbi nu se5 kommer hela familjen vara vaken. Bibbi e4r inte lika ve4llingtokig, utan sover hela ne4tter ibland se5 vi te4nkte/hoppades/f6nskade att det skulle lf6sa sig med tiden. Tar ge4rna emot tips dock.Naturligtvis e4r det be4st att sluta med ve4lling, och det kommer gynna alla i le4ngden. Fast jag tror inte att man skall sle5 ff6r mycket knut pe5 sig pe5 ve4gen dit heller. Vi skyndar le5ngsamt helt enkelt.Trevlig helg till dig och familjen!

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Yasmin, Bahrain

31 December 2011 at 6:02pm

this song is about the muslim prophets

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Adnan, Kuwait

16 May 2011 at 6:38pm

This song is inappropriate .Please find songs which encourage shared living & respect to religions.

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Mariam, South Africa

30 October 2010 at 9:09am

care for each other

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Farheen, South Africa

29 October 2010 at 5:39pm

the golden rule is to respect all religons

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Farheen, South Africa

29 October 2010 at 5:36pm

dont use ryhmes or quotes that offends any person or religon

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Pete, United States

24 October 2010 at 11:12pm

What does imitate Irving mean? Irving who?

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Tyler, United States

12 October 2010 at 6:58pm

I understand its for children but using words like: murderous intent and terrible creature to describe a Muslim will obviously set up negative association in a child's mind about people who have names such as this Muslim's name. And we all know how easy it is to corrupt children.

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Karis, England

10 February 2010 at 6:25pm

great song. LOVE it. lol

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Fred, Bob, George, Virginia, Canada

30 December 2009 at 2:43pm

My great grand-dad Watson knew the whole story. And I sure miss him.

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