Ali Baba riddim
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- My dream last night was about Ali Baba
- With the forty thieves
- Tom, Tom, the piper's son,
- he was there with me
"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."