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Posted By: PoppaGator
19-Aug-05 - 01:16 PM
Thread Name: Favourite Swing tune?
Subject: RE: Favourite Swing tune?
The traditional New Orleans version of that extra bit of lyric is "without no pants on."

Araby, Louisiana is a small working-class suburb to the immediate downriver side of the city. I don't know that the song originated hereabouts, but for anyone who performs or hears "The Sheik of Araby" here in this area, it's almost impossible not to speculate whether the narrative is set in Rudolph Valentino's tent on the desert sands, or in the shadow of the oil refinery and aluminum plant smokestacks down in St. Bernard Parish!