“Abdul the Bulbul Emir (II)”

Author: original version credited to Percy French, 1877
Earliest date: original version copyright 1877 as "Abdulla Bulbul Ameer"
Keywords: bawdy parody humorous sex contest homosexuality
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Abdul the Bulbul Emir and Ivan Stavinsky Stavar engage in a duel to see who can have intercourse with the greatest number of women. At the moment of triumph, Ivan bends over, with dreadful results.


The ballad here is a bawdy parody of the original, reportedly written by French at Trinity College, Dublin. - EC

For a discussion of the Crimean War setting of the original "Abdul," see that song - RBW

Cross references


  1. Cray, pp. 210-212, "Abdul the Bulbul" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. DT, ABDULBL2*
  3. Roud #4321
  4. BI, EM210