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The Nile is a River

Composed by: Charles Ipcar, Dahlov Ipcar and Mark Lisicky 12/15/13

Tune: inspired by traditional Cherry Tree Carol

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The Nile is a river,
Or so the wise ones say;
The Nile is a river,
She can wear your heart away;
She flows from the Highlands,
Through Deserts to the Sea;
The Nile is a river,
Which draws my love from me.

Some say that love's a river,
That can drown the tender seed;
Some say that love's a crocodile,
Lurking in the reeds;
Some say that love's a desert,
With swiftly shifting sands;
Some say that love's a diamond,
The rarest in the land.

On a barge out in the river,
Cleopatra did recline,
And as we dined together,
She dropped pearls into my wine;
The fireflies in the date palms,
The torches burning bright,
The moonlight on the water,
The shadows in the night.

The sphinx still crouches smiling,
With her catlike purr,
The crocodiles all line the banks,
And the date palms gently stir;
The Nile is a river,
She still flows to this day
The Nile is a river,
She can wear your heart away.

The Nile is a river,
She can wear your heart away.


"Queen of the Nile" in Royal Barge, by Juan Carlos Ferri Herrero, from Lladro, a Spanish maker of porcelain figurines, 29.5" X 63", Price $150,000. The piece features lithe dancers and musicians entertaining Queen Nefertari, the royal wife of Ramses II, the pharoah, and her entourage as they journey down the river in a boat.

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Notes:

Cleopatra's Barge was said to be 300 feet long, 60 feet high, and propelled by hundreds of galley slaves. It had silver oars, purple sails and a gold-encrusted hull.

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