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!
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.
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.