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For the theatre company, see Dardanella (theatre company).
Sheet music cover, 1919
Published 1919
Writer(s) Composer: Felix Bernard, Johnny S. Black
Lyricist: Fred Fisher

"Dardanella" is a popular song published in 1919 by Fred Fisher, who wrote the lyrics for the music written by Felix Bernard and Johnny S. Black. Bandleader Ben Selvin (1898–1980) recorded "Dardanella" for several record labels (including Victor and Paramount), and by some estimates, his recordings of the tune sold a combined total of more than a million copies. The chorus is:

Oh sweet Dardanella
I love your harem eyes
I'm a lucky fellow
To capture such a prize
Oh Allah knows, my love for you
And he tells you to be true
Dardanella,Oh hear my sigh
My Oriental
Oh sweet Dardanella
Prepare the wedding wine
There'll be one girl in my harem
When you're mine
We'll build a tent
Just like the children
Of the Orient
Oh, sweet Dardanella
My star of love divine![1]


  1. ^ Fisher, "Dardanella".


  • Fisher, Fred (w.); Felix Bernard/Johnny S. Black (m). "Dardanella" (Sheet Music). New York: McCarthy & Fisher (1919).

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