Araby (song)

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Araby  (1915) 
by Irving Berlin
Cover page to the sheet music.

[1st verse]:

Tonight I'm dreaming of Araby,

That's where my dreams seem to carry me;

Where ev'rything is oriental;

And ev'ryone is sentimental.

There in the shade of the shelt'ring palms

I met a maiden fair;

I long to hold her gently in my arms,

Oh, how I wish I was there!


[chorus]:

Araby, when shades of night appear

I seem to hear you calling;

Araby, you seem to beckon and I reckon

I'll be hurrying back again.


Seems to me,

A maiden's face appears,

I see her tears are falling,

Falling, because I left her there.


That's why I long to be

Where all those happy faces

Wait for me

Beside the fair oasis.


Soon, you'll see

Within a caravan

An Arab man will take me

Over the desert back to Araby.


[2nd verse]:

Someday you'll find me in Araby,

Where someone's waiting to marry me;

I can't forget the day we parted;

She said I left her broken hearted,

I helped her on to a camel's back.

Before she rode away,

She made me promise that I would come back;

I'll keep my promise someday.

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