Saturday Night Live Transcripts
Season 2: Mardi Gras Special
The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra performs “Rebecca Came Back From Mecca”
from the album: From New Orleans to Constantinople on the S.S. Leviathan (1975)
…..The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra
[ interior, Theater of the Performing Arts, Randy Newman standing onstage before the cheering crowd ]
Randy Newman: And now, New Orleans’ own – The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra!
The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra: [ singing ]
“Across the way from where I live
There is a girl and her name is Rebecca.
She saw an Oriental show
And then decided she would go
Across the sea.
And so she went one day
To Mecca, far away
Just to live near the Sultan’s den
She stayed there just two years
Got full of new ideas
And now she’s back home again.
Came back from Mecca
All day long she keeps on smoking Turkish tobecca.
With a veil upon her face
She goes dancing round the place
And yesterday her father found her
With a Turkish towel around her.
Oh! Oh! Everyone’s worried so.
They think she’s crazy in the dome.
She’s as bold as Theda Bara
Theda’s bare but Becky’s barer
Since Rebecca came back home.
[ break ]
Once, her little sister Sonia
Wore her clothes– and caught pneumonia!
Since Rebecca came back home.”
[ audience cheers ]