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Rank this week: 118 (↓15)
Duration: 2:21 
Release Date: 1953  () 
Lyrics By: Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon () 
Music By: Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon () 
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  • Remade in 1990 by They Might Be Giants. (AH3RD)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

    Istanbul was Constantinople
    Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople
    Been a long time gone
    Old Constantinople's still has Turkish delight
    On a moonlight night

    Evr'y gal in Constantinople
    Is a Miss-stanbul, not Constantinople
    So if you've date in Constantinople
    She'll be waiting in Istanbul

    Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
    Why they changed it, I can't say

    (People just liked it better that way)

    Take me back to Constantinople
    No, you can't go back to Constantinople
    Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
    Why did Constantinople get the works?
    That's nobody's business but the Turks'

    Istanbul!!

    Istanbul!!

    Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
    Why they changed it, I can't say
    (People just liked it better that way)

    Take me back to Constantinople
    No, you can't go back to Constantinople
    Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
    Why did Constantinople get the works?
    That's nobody's business but the Turks'

    'stanbul!!
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    AH3RD   Offline  -  Member  -  10-06-07 06:15 PM  -  12 years ago
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    After numerous plays of the remake by They Might Be Giants, I feel it's time to give The Four Lads' original a nod once more. ;-)
      Offline  -   -  04-19-05 02:39 AM  -  14 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Song spent three weeks at No. 1 on the GregWorld charts in early 1990.
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