I Wan'na Be Like You

Album: The Jungle Book (1967)
  • Next to "The Bare Necessities", "I Wan'na Be Like You" or to give it its full title "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)", is probably both the best known and the best song from the 1967 Walt Disney animation The Jungle Book. It was composed by the Sherman Brothers - Richard and Robert - and is performed in the cartoon by King Louis (who is an Orangutan with rhythm) together with a monkey chorus, and joined shortly by Baloo the Bear as an Orangutan in drag - yes, this really is a family show! King Louis wants to walk and talk like a man, but he also wants to learn the secret of making fire.
    The song has a jazzy feel to it, and at the end, Baloo is unmasked. It is not only Orangutans who want to walk like men, in 1970 it was recorded by Pinky and Perky, the famous television pigs - perhaps they should have read Animal Farm instead? >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
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  • Phillip Schubert from Sydney Nsw AustraliaHere are the complete lyrics to "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" that my son and I worked out yesterday. Enjoy!

    A baba doop doop doobi-doop

    Now I'm the king of the swingers, oh, the jungle V.I.P.
    I've reached the top and had to stop, and that's what's botherin' me.
    I wanna be a man, man-cub, and stroll right into town
    And be just like the other men, I'm tired of monk'in around!

    Oh, oobie-doo! (hoop dee weep)
    I wanna be like you-oo-oo. (hop ta woobie dooba)
    I wanna walk like you, (cheep) talk like you, (cheep) too-oo-oo (weebie deebie doo)
    You'll see it's true-oo-oo (shoobideedoo)
    An ape like me-ee-ee (scoobie doobie doobie)
    Can learn to be hu-oo-oo-man too-oo-oo.

    R-r-r-r-roopatichiko! R-r-r-rupachikee!
    Spukitcha pukitcha pukitcha pukitcha pukitcha sa-bik bang ronka wonka wheee-heee!

    Now here's your part of the deal, cuz:
    Lay the secret on me of man's red fire.

    Now don't try to kid me, man-cub!
    I made a deal with you.
    What I desire is man's red fire
    To make my dream come true.
    Now, gimme the secret, man-cub!
    C'mon, clue me what to do.
    Give me the power of man's red flower
    So I can be like you.

    Hey!
    Da zop bon lonay!
    Hop ta deep da labba dop don lone!
    Uhn nebbadebet!
    Doot zabba doot da day, doot bop da boop da day, za bon, za bop bop bobbay!
    Hobadoo-dee!
    Widda beep ba naza!
    Hebba dabba doy!
    Widda la ba zini.
    Whudlabut, whoodlabut.
    Zeebladut doodie.
    Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
    Widda ha-ha-ha!
    Ha-rrawrr-rrawrr!
    Get mad, baby!
    Hudaluddle hudalut!
    Widda hut lutta huttle doodie.
    Hodle dodle deedle doot!
    Gazupa doota dut-dut-dut.
    Dooladoot! Dooladoot!
    Gazeebadabah, hahbadah!

    Yoo-hoo-hoo! (hoop dee weep) I wanna be like you-hoo-hoo! (hoptee woobie-doobie)
    I wanna walk like you, (cheep) talk like you, too-oo-oo. (weebie-deebie-deebie-deebie)
    You'll see it's true-oo-oo (shoobidee doo).
    Some one like me (oobie-doobie-doobie)
    Can learn to be like someone like me! (Take me home, daddy!)
    Can learn to be like someone like you! (One more time! Yeah!)
    Can learn to be like someone like me-eee!
    Zee dee bee bop-bop boddle doodle daht n daht n daht n daht n daht n…..maaahhhhn.
    Special bonus! King Louie's opening scat improvisation:

    Wabadoo ding da deet ding loo
    La dood lio d'zing boing
    Skabadoo hoobidee zeebadoo zep
    Dulip dooding moing

    Wanna be a man man moing moing orang morang adang adango….
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