This is perhaps the best-known song from Jethro Tull's War Child
album. War Child
was originally written to be the soundtrack for a film which never got made. The outline of the movie, posted on the official Jethro Tull website
, goes into details of the film: A black comedy about a dead teenage girl visiting Heaven and her various misadventures in the afterlife. May we humbly recommend Terry Gilliam to direct?
"Bungle in the Jungle" actually came from an earlier project. Ian Anderson told us in a Songfacts interview
: "It was actually late '72 or early '73 when I was in Paris recording an album that never got released, although one or two of the tracks made it out in 1974, but that was at a time when I was writing an album that was exploring people, the human condition, through analogies with the animal kingdom. And that particular song was perhaps the more obvious and the more catchy of the tunes. Eventually it was finished and saved in time for the War Child
album, sometime later."
The War Child
album itself peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop albums chart.