I attended an Independence Day convert earlier this month, at which the Bethlehem town band played, among other pieces, John Philip Sousa's "King Cotton March"; which, when it was announced, I misheard as the "King Tut March". Not wishing to let a good title go to waste, I have perpetrated the following. Any composers out there?THE KING TUT MARCH
(first theme)Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure to have met Nebuchadnezzar,
Or sat beside Shalmanazar as he rode in his triumph car,
Or had a chance to hearken to the words of mighty Sargon;
They’ll all seem dull and common, once you’ve gazed on Tutankhamen.
Egypt’s had a lion’s share of monarchs trim and debonair:
Such as Zoser, who first did conceive and build a pyramid;
Snefru, Cheops, Khafre all, whose shining fame can never pall;
And many, many others; but, none can compare with peerless Tut!
(second theme)No welkin rings
With the praises of kings
From abroad – Tut’s name echoes alone.
They lack the style
Of the lord of the Nile,
Give three cheers for King Tut on his throne.
Upstarts and clods,
Not descended from gods,
Cannot equal the son of the Sun –
Heaven’s wrath dire
Will strike those who aspire
To compete with King Tut - he's the one!
(last theme)From the savage realm of Nubia
To the Delta’s fertile land,
May his sway be sempiternal,
Holding Egypt in his hand.
From the arid Libyan desert
To the Red Sea’s torrid shore,
Glorious Tut reigns undisputed,
Oh Tut, live forevermore!