Friday, February 27, 2009

Your Mental Sorbet: Steve Martin's King Tut (April 22, 1978)

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

Steve Martin: I'd like to talk seriously just for a moment. One of the great art exhibitions ever to tour the United States is the Treasures of Tutankhamen - or King Tut. But I think it's a national disgrace the way we have commercialized it with trinkets and toys, T-shirts and posters. And three months ago I was up in the woods, and I wrote a song. I tried to use the ancient modalities and melodies. I'd like to do it for you right now. Maybe we can all learn something.

(King Tut.)

Now when he was a young man, he never thought he'd see

People stand in line to see the boy king.

(King Tut)

How'd you get so funky?

(Funky Tut)

Did you do the monkey?

(Born in Arizona, moved to BabyloniaKing Tut)

Now if I'd known they'd line up just to see himI'd have taken all my money and bought me a museum.

(King Tut)

Buried with a donkey.

(King Tut)

He's my favorite honky

(Born in Arizona, moved to BabyloniaKing Tut)

(Tut! Tut!)

Dancing by the Nile!

(Disco Tut! Tut!)

The ladies love his style!

(Boss Tut! Tut!)

Walkin' for a mile.

(Rockin' Tut! Tut!)

He ate a crocodile.

(Oooooh, wah-ooooh)

He gave his life for tourism.

(saxophonist solo)

Golden Idols! He's an Egyptian!

Now when I die, now don't think I'm a nutDon't want no fancy funeral, just one like old King Tut!(King Tut)

He could have won a Grammy.

(King Tut)

Buried in his jammies.

(Born in Arizona, moved to BabyloniaBorn in Arizona)

Got a condo made o' stone-a

(King Tut)

Thirty-One years later and it stills holds up
Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

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