Sunday, May 29, 2005

Today In History May 29, 1453. Mehmet II took Constantinople and ended the Roman Empire. The slaughter was horrendous. Read John Norwich's history of Byzantium. May 29, 1453 was a Tuesday. **** Istanbul was Constantinople Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople Been a long time gone, Constantinople Now it’s Turkish delight on a moonlit night Every gal in Constantinople Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople So if you’ve a date in Constantinople She’ll be waiting in Istanbul Even old New York was once New Amsterdam Why they changed it I can’t say People just liked it better that way So take me back to Constantinople No, you can’t go back to Constantinople Been a long time gone, Constantinople Why did Constantinople get the works? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks Thanks to They Might Be Giants for a tune often played in the officers' club, 528th US Artillery, Cakmakli, Republic of Turkey. And thanks to the proud Turkish people who welcomed me into their country and treated me like a brother. I'll never forget you. YD


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