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Jungle Love by Steve Miller Band

Album: Book Of DreamsReleased: 1977Charted:
23
  • This song, like many other of Steve Miller's, contains mostly sexual innuendo as he sings about a woman who has has "Jungle Love" with. Various jungle sounds were added for effect. (thanks, Tim - New York, NY)
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Comments: 5

Just posting a link of what triggered the connection of these Islands, the JellyFish, the use of Papaya in quantity to treat the stings ->

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jellyfish_Lake

The Islands look to be uncountable, so 'on Somebody's Island' 'create of papaya' 'protect and keep you from harm' as the lakes do protect the Jellyfish, ok ok - I'll stop heh... IF this IS correct though as to what Miller was writing about - my oh my - I don't think anyone would get this in a million years. I am not sure if I watch too many Columbo episodes or I didn't watch enough HR PuffnStuff.
Tim Miltz - Pittsburgh Pennslyvania
I have a very strange interpretation of this song I just formulated.

I was watching a movie where someone had a pet 'box jellyfish' - so I looked it up - having listened to Jungle Love 50 times in the last 2 days ? When I noticed Papaya is used to treat jelly fish stings? I thought - hmm there is that strange line in the song. Then I came across this place called

Jelly Fish Lake

It is a marine lake on is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau. The golden jellyfish, Mastigias cf. papua etpisoni <- papua ! papaya.

Now - this lake is unique, it is protected from the ocean

"My cycles of circular motion
Protect you and keep you from harm"

But the lake does have access to the sea.

Further

"But lately you live in the jungle
I never see you alone"

This lake on this island is IN the jungle and well- it's called JellyFish Lake because there are millions of jellyfish in it - it's totally filled with jellyfish - people go there to 'swim with them' - they CAN sting but not that much. Alas again - who needs a CASE of papayas - I'd argue if you go swimming with 1 million jellyfish, you too might keep a case of papayas on hand for when you get out.

BIG reach on this - I also simply don't want this song to be some 'mating call' authorial intent on lyrics either.

I really really enjoy the music to this song, and the delivery of the three ambiguous lines.

Is it POSSIBLE Steve Miller visited JellyFish Lake on Eil Malk Island ?

IS this Jungle love ? the out of this world joy people report who come to that Island TO ? swim with the Jellyfish?

BIG reach here- if anything, this theory MIGHT make you smile- and who knows, maybe it is what the song is about.
Tim Miltz - Pittsburgh Pennslyvania
On July 31st, 1977, "Jungle Love" by the Steven Miller Band entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #83; and on September 25th, 1977 it peaked at #23 {for 2 weeks} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...It reached #18 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...Between 1968 and 1993 the band had twenty Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with three reaching #1, "The Joker" {for 1 week in 1974}, "Rock'n Me" {for 1 week in 1977}, and "Abracadabra" {for 2 weeks in 1982}...They just missed having a fourth #1 when "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} on March 6th, 1977... The two weeks "Fly Like An Eagle" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Love theme 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)” by Barbra Streisand.Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
The term "Jungle Love" is a term used when a white person is in love or in lust with a black person. I thought that was the meaning behind the song.Brad - Johnstown, Oh
Despite the images conjured up by the title, this song is about more than simple sexual innuendo. The lyrics seem to be a commentary by Miller on the biological forces behind attraction and sexuality. Imagery within the song such as "you swim in my blood when it's warm" and "my cycles of circular motion" seem to reference parasite/host relationships and cellular reproduction, while "the patterns of the rain...have written my life on your skin" represent evolution and DNA.

The opening two lines of the song "I met you on somebody's island/You thought you had known me before" suggest that Miller is framing the song with the belief that we are, in large part, controlled by our natural instincts regarding sexual attraction. He addresses this further during the 5th/6th lines of the song, when he discusses memory, an acknowledgment that many people choose to ignore the role that nature plays in their sexuality, despite the fact that we have little control over our sexual impulses.

Lastly, he ends the song by discussing "a world of illusion" and "a scarlet conclusion", signifying that while Miller acknowledges romantic notions to exist, he believes biological forces that play the dominant role in human sexual behavior. The title of the song thus takes on a different meaning as the audience gleans that Miller believes the modern conception of romance and sexuality to be "jungle love" dressed up with illusions and dreams.
Hank - Omaha, Ne
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