"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" as written by and Jimmy/simon Kennedy....
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

Istanbul (Istanbul)
Istanbul (Istanbul)

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks

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

Istanbul


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"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" as written by Nat Simon Jimmy Kennedy

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  • +4
    General CommentI take that back. The song was originally performed by the Four Lads.
    crash0814on October 12, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's obviously about how everything changes, nothing stays the same. All we can do is accept it. (That's nobody's business but the Turks.)
    TromBen120on May 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was the first song I've heard by them.

    It was cool then as it is now.
    OpinionHeadon March 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIstanbul was Constantinople
    Constantinople was Nova Roma
    Nova Roma was Byzantium
    Why did Byzantium get the works?

    Constantine. That's why.
    Bender is greaton November 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlmao@this song... TMBG rox. :D
    mehon May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy good ol' Grandpa used to sing this song, long before the Giants did! this choon always reminds me of him...

    keep hangin' by your thumbs, Snazzy!
    roger wilcoon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmuch props to tmbg for such a great song
    stoplayinguitaron July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlmao.. remember back in the days of TINY TOONS? and this song was once on it? well yes.. its been my favorite song since then
    SilentScreamon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh my god, that tiny toons episode rocked the hizzouse.

    (i don't really talk that way)
    Torontokid87on August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha i remember that episode...didn't they also sing particle man on that one??
    shleigh03on September 22, 2002   Link

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