Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “King Tut” — Steve Martin (1978)

Dancin’ by the Nile
The ladies love his style
Rockin’ for a mile
He ate a crocodile…

What, more novelty songs this soon? Sure. It’s not like we have hard and fast rules when it comes to Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs. This is our seventh year of presenting Halloween songs that aren’t on every hack playlist from here to Schenectady, and I just wanted to mention Schenectady, because man I love the sound of the town.

So then… Steve Martin and his 1978 novelty classic, King Tut. Almost impossible not to love this song, or Martin.

I mean honestly, this song is so ridiculously silly and pointless. Martin decided to take the piss out of the King Tut mania that swept the world in the mid to late 70s, thanks to a Treasures of Tutankhamun worldwide tour. And let’s be real, every time you open an Egyptian tomb, madness and mayhem result from an ancient Egyptian curse being unleashed upon the world.

Speaking of curses, Is it no coincidence that the Star Wars Holiday Special aired the same year? I THINK NOT!

So there’s your Halloween connection. Ancient Egyptian curses, mummies, pharaohs, and racial appropriation that I’m sure is going to rankle the Woke Crowd to no end. I mean, they even call Tut a “honky”, for jeeper’s sake! Bah. Who cares… especially when the disco bridge erupts mid-song. Your entire cadre of costumed revelers will break out into appropriate funky gyrations as Anubis lies in waiting to weigh their hearts. Or something.

Now when I die,
Now don’t think I’m a nut,
Don’t want no fancy funeral,
Just one like ol’ king Tut!
He coulda won a Grammy,
Buried in his jammies!
Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia,
He was born in Arizona,
Got a condo made of stone-a!
King Tut…

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