The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6932   Message #41062
Posted By: DWDitty
09-Oct-98 - 02:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Signifyin' Monkey (Oscar Brown Jr.)
Subject: Lyr Add: SIGNIFYIN' MONKEY (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
Here you go, Joe. I usually play a shuffle beat of
E, C#7, F#7, B7 with minor variations to A when called for.

SIGNIFYIN' MONKEY by Oscar Brown, Jr.

Said the signifyin' monkey to the lion one day
Hey, there's a great big elephant down the way
Goin' 'round talkin' I am sorry to say
About your momma in a scandalous way
He's talkin' 'bout your momma and your grandma, too
And he don't show so much respect for you
You want to chat? I sure am glad
'Cause what he said about your momma, it made me mad

Signifyin' Monkey, stay up in your tree
You are always lyin' and signifyin'
But you better not monkey with me

The lion said yeah well I'll fix him
I'll tear that elephant limb from limb
He found the elephant where the tall grass grows
Said I come to punch you in your long nose
The elephant looked over at the lion in surprise
Said, boy you better go pick on somebody your own size
But the lion wouldn't listen, he made a pass
Then the elephant slapped him down in the grass
The lion just roard and sprung from the ground
And that's when the elephant really went to town
He whipped that lion for the rest of the day
And I still don't see how the lion got away
But he dragged on off, more dead than alive
And that's when that monkey started his signifyin' jive


The monkey looked down and said ooo-whee
What is that beat up mess I see
Is that you lion, well do tell
He beat your head to a fare-thee-well
He gave you a beatin' that was a run for nothin'
And you s'posed to be king of the jungle, well ain't that somethin'
You big overgrown pussycat, don't you roar
Or I'll hop down there and whup you some more
The monkey got to laughin' and a-jumpn' up and down
But his foot missed the limb, and he plunged to the ground
The lion was on him with all four feet
Gonna grind that monkey into hamburger meat
The monkey looked up with tears in his eyes
Said please Mr. Lion I apologize
I meant no harm, so please let me go
And I'll tell you somethin' you really need to know


Well the lion stepped back to hear what that monkey had to say
And the monkey scampered up a tree and got away
What I want to tell you, the monkey hollered then
Is if you fool with me I sic the elephant on you again
The lion just shook his head and said you jive
If you and your monkey children want to stay alive
Up in them trees is where you better stay
And that's where they are till this very day