Civilization – Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen – Decca Records 23940A

Civilization – Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen – Decca Records 23940A


[instrumental] ANDREWS:
Each morning a missionary advertise with neon sign. He tells the native population that civilization is fine. And three educated savages holler from a bongo tree, DANNY: (Eee! A looki ahee sahn!) ANDREWS:
that civilization is a thing for me to see. DANNY: So bongo, bongo, bongo
I don’t want to leave the congo! Oh no no no no no! Bingo, bango, bongo
I’m so happy in the jungle I refuse to go! Don’t want no bright lights, false teeth,
doorbells, landlords;
I make it clear, ANDREWS:
that no matter how they coax him, DANNY:
Yueep! I’ll stay right here. I looked through a magazine the
missionary’s wife concealed. ANDREWS:
(Magazine? What happened?) DANNY:
I see how people who are civilized
bang you with automobile. PATTY:
(You know you can get hurt that way Daniel) DANNY:
At the movies they have got to pay
many coconuts to see, PATTY:
(What do they see, Danny?) DANNY:
uncivilized pictures
that the newsreels takes of me. ANDREWS:
So bongo, bongo, bongo
he don’t want to leave the congo! Oh no no no no no! Bingo, bango, bongo. he’s so happy in the jungle,
he refuse to go! DANNY:
Don’t want no penthouse, bathtub, streetcars, taxis.
Noise in my ear. ANDREWS:
So no matter how they coax him, DANNY:
Yeeup! I’ll stay right here. PATTY:
They hurry like savages to get aboard an iron train DANNY:
(The tringa loobahoola humbola express) PATTY:
And though it’s smoky and crowded they’re
too civilized to complain. DANNY:
(A looki do ho somee hammee noh) When they’ve got two weeks vacation
they hurry to vacation grounds. PATTY:
(What do they do Danny?) DANNY:
They swim and they fish,
but that’s what I do all year round! TOGETHER:
So bongo, bongo, bongo
I don’t want to leave the congo! Oh no no no no no! Bingo, bango, bongo
I’m so happy in the jungle I refuse to go! DANNY:
Don’t want no jailhouse, ANDREWS:
shotguns, DANNY:
fish hooks, ANDREWS:
golf clubs! DANNY:
I’ve got my spears! ANDREWS:
So no matter how they coax him, DANNY:
Yeeeup! I’ll stay right here! ANDREWS:
They have things like the atom bomb! DANNY:
So I think I’ll stay where I “om”! TOGETHER:
Civilization, I’ll stay right here!

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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