Such was the song "Hindustan", the tune I awoke with this morning.
It was published in 1918 and written by Oliver Wallace (words) and Harold Weeks (music). It became an immediate hit after it was recorded by the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra, a society band that played the Plaza Hotel in New York and went on to a modicum of fame.
The tune was usually played as an instrumental, but if you want the words, here you go:
Camel trappings jingle, harp strings tingle
With a sweet voice mingle underneath the stars
Singing memories are bringing
Temple bell are ringing, calling me afar'
Hindustan, my Hindustand, where we stopped to rest our tired caravan
Hindustan, my Hindustan, where the painted peacock proudly spreads his fan
Hindustan, my Hindustan, where the purple sunbird flashed across the sand
Hindustan, my Hindustan, where I met her and world began
Shades of night are falling, nigtingales are calling
Every heart enthrolling, underneath the stars
Sighing, like the night wind dying
Spft my heart is crying for my love afar
Hindustan, my Hindustan............(repeat above)
Several good swing tunes uses the "Indian theme" and found success with "Song of India", based on a melody written by classical composer Rimsky-Korsakov from his opera "Sadoka" and was arranged for Dorseys band by Tommy and Red Bone. It features that smooth trombone of Dorsey accentuated by his use of a straight mute.
"On the Road to Mandaly" is based on the poem by the great "jingoistic" Rudyard Kipling from his book of poems published in 1896, "Back Room Ballads and Other Verses" and it includes the famous pean to a water boy "beastie" "Gunga Din".
Music was added in 1907 by Oley Speaks.
This particular song is a groaner and has been a staple of leather chested baritones for years, including Nelson Eddy. Until Frank Sinatra got a hold of it, with arrangement by Billy May and included it in his "Come Fly With Me" album on Capitol back in 1958.
Sinatra received some criticism for changing Kiplings words, but to me, this song really kicks out the jams,
Heres the lyrics: