DESCRIPTION: "Everything I do the monkey wanna do ... rapping ... going out ... drinking ... eating ... going home ... sleeping ... nothing in the world the monkey won't do"
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Blind Blake Higgs: see WIHIGGS01)
KEYWORDS: animal nonballad
FOUND IN: West Indies(Bahamas)
Blind Blake Higgs, "Monkey Song" (on WIHIGGS01)
cf. "Monkey" (theme; see notes)
NOTES [114 words]: King Radio, the Lion and the Tiger recorded "Monkey" in 1936 (on "Fall of Man: Calypsos on the Human Condition 1935-1941," Rounder CD 1141, 1999). The theme is the same as for Higgs's "Monkey Song" but the structure is different, as well as the words and tune. For example, here are three verses, of one line each, sung respectively by Lion, Tiger and Radio, with a group chorus in parentheses:
I make a dash, monkey made one too/ (We don't know what to say, we monkey won't do)/ I mean, I cover up, monkey cover up too/ (Well look, we don't know what to say, we monkey won't do)/ Oh when I take off me jacket, monkey take off too/ (So we don't know what to say we monkey won't do) - BS
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