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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: 3

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