Ladies and Gentleman, please take your seat,
We’ve a story for you, a real Eastern treat!
I’m Abanazer, and I’ve got a plan.
I’ll rule the world, and be rich as I can!
I know what I need, a lamp made of gold,
It’s home to a genie or so I’ve been told.
See this magic ring, it houses a slave,
Now tell me how I can get what I crave!
To capture the lamp, I’ll say what you need
A boy to assist you, pure in thought and deed.
He lives with his mother in old town Pekin’
You’ll find him alright – his name’s Aladdin!
Here’s old Widow Twankey, a laundry she runs
And this, Wishee Washee, one of her sons.
They’re busy at work, in this old Peking street
Trying to dry this massive great sheet!
Oh! Here is a chap, he really can’t stop,
Trying to hide from the Imperial cop!
No sorry, officer, we haven’t a clue,
Perhaps he went that way, off you go too!
See, this is Aladdin, Twankey’s other son.
Now tell us Aladdin, what have you done!
I went to the palace, and over the wall
to walk in the garden, I swear that was all.
But while I was in there, I saw the Princess,
Jasmine her name is, now my heart’s in a mess!
Oh mother, her beauty! she’s the love of my life
I fully intend to make her my wife!
But now, a commotion, who’s this they all say
A royal procession, making it’s way.
The Emperor proud, how rich he must be
The Princess as well, and her handmaid, So-Shi.
While the Emperor talks to the mother and son,
Aladdin and Jasmine snatch a moment alone.
And what is that look in the eye of So-Shi?
Perhaps she is keen on Wishee Washee!
Back in the laundry, it’s all suds and steam
The widow and son make a very good team.
Here is Aladdin and who is this guy?
A long lost “relation”, with a glint in his eye.
Oh now Widow Twankey, listen you should
I beg for a favour, to do us both good.
I’ve heard of a fortune, I need to set free
But I need some assistance, from Aladdin you see.
If you lend your boy to me, I’ll show him where,
and when we get back, the fortune we’ll share!
(I won’t share of course, it’s all a big trick
But she’ll never guess, I’m sure she’s quite thick)
Well, this is a turn up, on this plan I’m sold.
Off you go my son, and do what you’re told!
Now here is the cave, with a rock at the gate,
Abanazer and Aladdin, they can’t be too late.
Stand back young Aladdin, and listen to me
I’ll open the cave – Open Sesame!
Now, you must go in, and find me my prize –
A magical lamp, now go use your eyes.
But it’s dark in the cave, how can I see?
Here take this ring, your torch it will be!
Inside the cave, Aladdin is frit,
Go on! Keeping on looking, don’t be a twit.
But I can’t see a thing, says Aladdin, it’s dim
Abanazer steps closer to argue with him.
But villains like him may not enter in,
the rock at the gate slams shut with a din!
Poor old Aladdin, he’s stuck, what a bind!
He fumbles around, what will he find?
An old dusty lamp, can barely be seen
What harm can it do, I’ll give it a clean.
One rub and then Whoosh! what’s that he hears?
A swish and a flash and a Genie appears!
Thank you my master, for setting me free!
And now I will grant, your wishes three!
Good gracious, my goodness, I’m taken aback!
Bring me riches, my family, and lastly, a snack!
And so, as they exit the cave full of joy,
Aladdin tells Mother, he’s now no mere boy.
With riches aplenty, he’s bursting with pride
And now he can make the Princess his bride!
Back at the palace, poor Jasmine is moping
Aladdin is missing and she is not coping.
Come on now Jasmine, please don’t be sad,
Look at these suitors and pick one, says Dad.
But hark! What’s that noise, who can it be?
Aladdin, his brother and Widow Twankey!
And now that he’s wealthy, Dad can’t object,
he shows off the treasure for all to inspect.
All eager to celebrate they start to go,
Wishee says, yes, I’ll be there in a mo.
But oh! Here’s the villain, in pedlar’s disguise
He must have a plan, a glint in his eyes.
“Oh dear little chap, may I make so bold?
I’ve got an offer – new lamps for old!”
It seems a good deal, but it’s really a con
now Aladdin’s hold on the genie is gone!
As the others return, Abanazer jumps out
he summons the genie, now he has the clout.
Take heed magic genie, hear what I say!
Send all but dear Jasmine and me, far away!
And Poof! They are gone, to a desert so bare.
How will they ever get home from there!
But Aladdin remembers, one thing still remains
The magical ring and the slave it contains.
Oh thank you kind master, she says with a hug
Now let’s all fly home on this magical rug!
They jump on the carpet and take to the air
o’er mountains and forests, they’ll soon get there!
Back in town, Abanazer‘s plan is seen
He’ll marry Jasmine, though she is not keen!
He orders the genie to make her obey,
but her feelings are strong and she will not give way.
So he orders the genie – hypnotise her Dad!
So he’ll give her away, oh dear this looks bad!
The day of the wedding and all are upset,
even the policeman tries to object.
But wait, just in time! The carpet arrives!
Now Aladdin and villain, fight for their lives!
But who grabs the lamp, but clever Washee
He lets out the genie, to set Emperor free!
Back to his senses, the wedding is stopped,
And then Aladdin for Abanazer is swapped.
If I may, says a voice, it’s Wishee Washee
I’ll join in the wedding, with my love, So-Shi!
The Genie is granted his freedom for life
And he says he’ll take the Ring Slave for his wife!
So what will become of wicked A-Zee?
He’s made to be nice, and marry Twankey!
So so ever after, happiness wins
And here ends the tale of dear Aladdin!