SNL Transcripts: Mardi Gras Special: 02/20/77: The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra performs “Rebecca Came Back From Mecca”



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  Season 2: Mardi Gras Special



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)

…..Randy Newman
…..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’s twenty-three.
She saw an Oriental show
And then decided she would go
To Mecca
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.

Since Rebecca
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 ]

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SNL Transcripts: Mardi Gras Special: 02/20/77: Randy Newman performs “Kingfish”



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Mardi Gras Special

Randy Newman performs “Kingfish”

from the album: Good Old Boys (1974)

…..Randy Newman

[ open on Randy Newman at the Theater of the Performing Arts ]

Randy Newman: This is a song, uh, about Huey P. Long. “Kingfish.”

[ singing ]“There’s a hundred-thousand Frenchmen in New Orleans
In New Orleans, there are Frenchmen everywhere
But your house could fall down
Your baby could drown
Wouldn’t none of those Frenchmen care.

Everybody gather ’round
Loosen up your suspenders
Hunker down on the ground
I’m a cracker
And you are, too
But don’t I take good care of you?

Who built the highway to Baton Rouge?
Who put up the hospital and built you schools?
Who looks after [shit]-kickers like you?
The Kingfish do.

Who gave a party at the Roosevelt Hotel?
And invited the whole north half of the state down there for free
The people in the city
Had their eyes bugging out
‘Cause everyone of you
Looked just like me.

It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Everybody sing
It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Every man a king.

Who took on the Standard Oil men
And whipped their tail
Just like he promised he’d do?
Ain’t no Standard Oil men gonna run this state
Gonna be run by little folks like me and you.

It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Friend of the working man
It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
The Kingfish gonna save this land.”

[ audience applauds ]

Randy Newman: Thank you! Thank you very much! Thank y’all, very much!

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