SLS: One Word Song Title

It is Sunday, so that means Jim at NewEpicAuthor is hosting his Song Lyric Sunday Challenge. The rules can be found on his page, just click on the link above.

The prompt for today is songs with one word titles and through coincidence I nearly picked a song with the same name as Jim’s (albeit totally different songs).

So since spring has sprung and restrictions are beginning to ease, I thought I would would post a song which would reflect the journeys of those going on holiday around the UK over the summer. This song is named after something your car might get stuck behind on a country road… No, it is not called Tractor!

My choice is a song from the Duke Ellington song book which became a standard, “Caravan”, the title refers to the Arabic Caravans as opposed to the tin boxes you see populating fields in Cornwall. Written for the Ellington Orchestra by Juan Tizol (Ellington recieves a conposer credit which was regular practice of the time, and it is likely Ellington did have some input) , the song was first recorded by a small group within the Ellington lead by Barney Bigard. Covered many, many times by many artists who played on mystic and middle eastern tropes in their arrangements to give a 1001 Nights feel, Caravan is probably one of the most Jazz familiar tunes and was showcased in the finale of the movie “Whiplash”.

Though seldom heard, lyrics were written for the song by Irving Mills.

Caravan

(Tizol, Ellington, Mills)

Night and stars above that shine so bright
The mystery of their fading light
That shines upon our CaravanSleep upon my shoulder as we creep
Across the sands so I may keep
The memory of our CaravanThis is so exciting, you are so inviting
Resting in my arms
Thrill to the magic, the magic of your charmsYou beside me here beneath the blue
My dream of love is coming true
Within our desert CaravanThis is so exciting, you are so inviting
Resting in my arms
Thrill to the magic, the magic of your charmsNight and stars above that shine so bright
The mystery of their fading light
That shines upon our Caravan
That shines upon our Caravan
Oooh

This version of the song is by Nicola Conte

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