Ali Baba riddim  

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My dream last night was about Ali Baba
With the forty thieves
Tom, Tom, the piper's son,
he was there with me

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"Ali Baba" is a musical composition performed by John Holt and released in 1970 by Treasure Isle. The title is taken from Ali Baba, a fictional character described in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.

Characters mentioned in the song come from nursery rhymes and include Ali Baba, the forty thieves, Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, The Duke and the Duchess, Alice in Wonderland, the three blind mice, a teddy bear and the Little Bo Peep.

According to Steve Barrow's liner notes to If Deejay Was Your Trade, it was "Bunny Lee who built his version in 1975 for Jackie Edwards, and then used it for the various cuts over the (fictitious) war between barbers and dreadlocks."[1]

A famous use of the riddim is on "I Killed The Barber" by Dr Alimantado, published on his album Best Dressed Chicken in Town.




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