One Night In Bangkok

Bangkok, ori­en­tal city
But the city don’t know what the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with every­thing but Yul Brynner

Time flies, does­n’t seem a minute
Since the Tyrolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change, don’t you know that when you
Play at this lev­el there’s no ordi­nary venue

It’s Ice­land, or the Philip­pines, or Hastings
Or .or this place !


One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are tem­ples but their pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every gold­en cloister
And if you’re lucky, then the god’s a she
I can feel an angel slid­ing up to me

One town’s very like another
When your head­’s down over your pieces, brother

It’s a drag, it’s a bore, it’s real­ly such a pity
When you’re look­ing at the board
Not look­ing at the city

What­taya mean?!
You’ve seen one crowd­ed pol­lut­ed stink­ing town

Tea, girls, warm, sweet
Some are set up in the Som­er­set Maugh­am suite

Get Thai’d ! You’re talk­ing to a tourist
Whose every move’s among the purest
I get my kicks above the waist­line, sunshine

One night in Bangkok makes the hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too care­ful with your company
I can feel the dev­il walk­ing next to me

Siam’s going to be the witness
To the ulti­mate test of cere­bral fitness
This grips me more than would a mud­dy ol’ riv­er or reclin­ing Buddha
Thank God I’m only watch­ing the game, con­trol­ling it
I don’t see you guys rating
The kind of mate I’m contemplating
I let you’d watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you.
So, you bet­ter go back to your bars, your temples 
Your mas­sage parlors

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are tem­ples but their pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every gold­en cloister
A lit­tle flesh, a lit­tle history
I can feel an angel slid­ing up to me

One night in Bangkok makes the hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too care­ful with your company
I can feel the dev­il walk­ing next to me

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