Palace of the Czar (Shootin' With Rasputin) An intimate friend of the Czar was I An intimate friend of the great Nickolai We practically slept in the same double bed With me at the foot and he at the head Now all that seems distance and all that seems far From those wonderful nights at the palace of the Czar When we went shooting with Rasputin Ate farina with Czarina Blintzes with the princess and the Czar, hey, hey, hey We were sharing tea and herring Dipped banana in smetana Borscht and vorscht around the samovar, ole An intimate friend of the Czar all my life More intimate still with his pretty young wife We practically slept in the same double bed Till the Czar kicked me out and he slept there instead Then one bloody day revolution broke out I went to see what all the fuss was about Now here is the story, as it seemed to be It was clearly a case of Lenin --- or me. Yes the Bolsheviks came, kicked me out in the cold And all I had left were some diamonds and gold. But I'll get my revenge here, and I'll have no pity By giving my testimony to the House Unamerican Activities Committee... Note: One can add (spoken): Ah yes. I was penniless. But the Czar! Ah! He was... Nicholas. In last verse, I've heard "McCarthy's committee". When I first heard it, in the 40s, the HUAC was chaired by Martin Dies. RG SOF
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