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Subject: You're Gonna Look Like A Monkey...
From: Fortunato
Date: 29 May 01 - 10:42 AM

You're Gonna Look Like a Monkey When You Get Old

I'm rearranging this song and I don't know where I learned it. Can you folks tell me the lyrics you know or have recorded? I don't think I have them all and there's probably lots of versions.
Help! Chance


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey
From: Trapper
Date: 29 May 01 - 12:13 PM

Can't find the lyrics, but a Google search produces that it was written by Boozoo Chavis, also recorded by Hammie Nixon.

- Al


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey
From: Fortunato
Date: 29 May 01 - 01:13 PM

Thanks, Al. I know some of them, but I'll hang this out there, SOME MUDCATTER must know them!

regards, chance


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey
From: RWilhelm
Date: 29 May 01 - 04:37 PM

Micheal Hurley recorded it on his CD "Snockgrass". If no one else has them I'll post Hurley's version though he tends to do some serious rearranging himself.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey
From: GUEST,fortunato
Date: 29 May 01 - 10:29 PM

Many thanks, Earl, I'll be glad for the lyrics he does.

regards, chance shiver


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'RE GONNA LOOK LIKE A MONKEY WHEN ...
From: RWilhelm
Date: 30 May 01 - 08:40 AM

Ok, Here is what Michael Hurley sings. Most verses are the same as the first with only the middle two lines changing.

YOU'RE GONNA LOOK LIKE A MONKEY WHEN YOU GET OLD

You're gonna look like a monkey when you get old
You're gonna look just like a monkey when you get old
I can tell 'bout your hair
You caught coconuts in the air
You're gonna look like a monkey when you get old

I can tell by eyes
You caught coconuts flying high

I can tell 'bout your knees
You been climbing up coconut trees

I can tell by your shape
Your first cousin must be a ape

Nobody stays a monkey but you when you get old
Nobody stays a monkey but you when you get old
I can tell by your shoes
You just love to dance the blues
You gonna look like a monkey when you get old

You're gonna look like a monkey when you get old
You're gonna look just like a monkey when you get old
I can tell by your breath
You been lovin' a monkey to death
That's right Sam


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey
From: Fortunato
Date: 30 May 01 - 12:17 PM

Thanks, thanks, alot,

I'd forgotten the best verse, "lovin' a monkey to death"

I appreciate it, Earl.

Regards, Chance Shiver


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey
From: GUEST,jugband scott
Date: 30 May 01 - 03:13 PM

I have a version of this song recorded by Roy Harvey ( of Charlie Poole's North Carolina Ramblers) in 1930 or 1931 shortly after Poole died. I'll see if I can make out the lyrics and post them. This one is always a crowd pleaser. Scott


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey
From: GUEST,Lester
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 10:59 AM

Seems like this is the kind of a song that you just make up verses as you go along. I've heard a few that I don't see in here.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'RE BOUND TO LOOK LIKE A MONKEY WHEN..
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 01:23 PM

This seems to be the original recording. You can hear it at RedHotJazz.com:


YOU'RE BOUND TO LOOK LIKE A MONKEY WHEN YOU GET OLD
(Clarence Williams, Alex Hill, 1930)
(As recorded by Clarence Williams' Novelty Band, Okeh 8798, May-22-1930.)

1. I can tell by your hair
You got monkey in you somewhere?

CHORUS: And you're bound to look like a monkey when you get old*.
When you get old*, when you get old*,
You're bound to look like a monkey when you get old*.

2. I can tell by your feet
You don't get enough to eat?

3. I can tell by your hand
Your pa was a monkey man?

4. I can tell by your jaw
Your pa was your pa?

[*Sometimes he sings "grow old" instead of "get old".]

The Online 78-rpm Discography Project also lists:

YOU'RE BOUND TO LOOK LIKE A MONKEY
Roy Harvey & Jesse Johnson, 1931
Birmingham Serenaders, 1935
Milton Brown & His Brownies, 1935
Jimmie Gordon V-vop Band, 1937
Bob Crosby's Bobcats, 1940

YOU GONNA LOOK LIKE A MONKEY WHEN YOU GET OLD
Robert Hill, 1936.

BOUND TO LOOK LIKE MONKEY
Jimmie Revard & Oklahoma Playboys, 1937


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like a Monkey
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 02:09 PM

http://www.nutsie.com/song/You%27re%20Gonna%20Look%20Like%20a%20Monkey/4535109&album_id=4535097


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like a Monkey
From: GUEST,Goodnight Gracie
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 03:17 PM

Bob Carlin and Paul Brown recorded the Clarence Williams version on Bob's The Boys from North Carolina CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like a Monkey
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 02:43 PM

There's a great new recording of the song by Sid Selvidge on his latest album I Should Be Blue (Archer Records label). Check it out!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Gonna Look Just Like a Monkey
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Sep 10 - 09:39 PM

A few more couplets from Hank Penny's recording of YOU'RE BOUND TO LOOK LIKE A MONKEY:

I can tell by your face
You belong to the monkey race....

I can tell by your knees
You been a-climbin' these coconut trees....

I can tell by your jaw
That a monkey was your pa....

I can tell by your skin
That a monkey was your frien'....

I can tell by your hands
That you've got monkey glands....

I can tell by your nails
That your folks hung by their tails....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Bound to Look like a Monkey
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Sep 10 - 09:52 PM

Here's the version by Milton Brown and His Brownies.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Bound to Look like a Monkey
From: GUEST,HERE ARE THE LYRICS I KNOW....
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 05:22 PM

I cannot remember where I learned this song, but I sang this tune to my children when they were very young and was one of their favorites (as well as mine), and here goes:

I can tell by your smell that you've been playing with a monkey's tail,
and I know that you'll be a monkey when you get old.
When you get old, when you get old,
yes, I know that you'll be a monkey when you get old.

I can tell by you knees that you've been playing in the coconut trees,
yes I know that you'll be a monkey when you get old.
When you get old, when you get old.
Yes I know that you'll be a monkey when you get old.

I can tell my your head that you've been sleeping in a monkey's bed,
Yes I know that you'll be a monkey when you get old.
When you get old, when you get old
Yes I know that you'll be a monkey when you get old.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Bound to Look like a Monkey
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 09:56 PM

My husband remembers:
I can tell by your knees you been climbing coconut trees.
I can tell by your thighs you been eating coconut pies.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Bound to Look like a Monkey
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jan 13 - 11:09 AM

I can tell by your knees
You been swinging in the trees
And you're bound to have
Some monkey blood somewhere


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You're Bound to Look like a Monkey
From: GUEST,john
Date: 04 Jan 13 - 05:59 PM

I can tell by your skin, that the monkey was your kin, yess your'e bould to look like a monkey when you grow old, when you grow old, when you grow old, yes your'e bound to look like a monkey when you grow old.
I can tell by your face,
that the monkey was your race, yes your'e bound to look like a monkey when you grow old,etc for refrain, as remembered from a 45 record from 1957.


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