Feb 17, 2023

He's My Favorite Honky

King Tut
Steve Martin & The Toot Uncommons
It was 100 years ago today that archaeologist Howard Carter broke the seal on the tomb of Tutankhamun.  The artifacts that were discovered by Mr. Carter and his team were shipped around the world as a part of a global museum tour that reached the United States in 1976.

On April 22nd, 1978, Steve Martin paid tribute to the King Tut craze that was sweeping the United States in the late 70's when he performed this song on Saturday Night Live.  The band that performed with him was billed as "The Toot Uncommons" for the song, but they were actually The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, plus Lou Marini on saxophone.

The song was released as a single later in 1978 and sold over a million copies.  It also reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the few comedy singles to chart in the Top 40 in the decade.
Now when he was a young man
He never thought he'd see
People stand in line to see the boy king

How'd you get so funky?
Did you do the monkey?
Born in Arizona
Moved to Babylonia
King Tut

Now, if I'd known
They'd line up just to see him
I'd taken all my money
And bought me a museum

Buried with a donkey
He's my favorite honky
Born in Arizona
Moved to Babylonia
King Tut

Dancin by the Nile
The ladies love his style
Rockin for a mile
He ate a crocodile

He gave his life for tourism.

Now, when I die
Now don't think I'm a nut
Don't want no fancy funeral
Just one like ol' King Tut

He coulda won a Grammy
Buried in his jammies
Born in Arizona
Moved to Babylonia
He was born in Arizona
Got a condo made of stone-a
King Tut