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Lyr Add: Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)

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Subject: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: Gene
Date: 26 May 98 - 12:20 PM

Here is "A" version of the lyrics.

CIVILIZATION (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)
Writers: Hilliard and Sigman

Bongo, Bongo, Bongo
I don't wanna leave the Congo
Oh, no, no, no, no, no (no, no, no, no)
Bingle, Bangle, Bungle
I'm so happy in the jungle
And I'll tell you - so you will know;

Each morning a missionary advertized with neon signs
He tells the native population that civilization is fine
And three educated savages "holler" from bamboo tree
That civilization is a thing for me to see; Oh,

Bongo, Bongo, Bongo
I don't wanna leave the Congo
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, (no, no, no, no)
Bingle, Bangle, Bungle
I'm so happy in the jungle, I refuse to go
Don't want no bright lights
False teeth, doorbells, landlords
I'll make it clear
That no matter how they coax me
I'll stay right here;

Now I looked through a magazine, the missionary's wife concealed
I see the people who are civilized, bang you with automobiles
At the movies they have got to pay, many coconuts to see
Uncivilized pictures, that the news reels make of me; So

Bongo, Bongo, Bongo
I don't wanna leave the Congo
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, (no, no, no, no)
They hurry and grab their kids together
Board an island train
And though it's smoky and it's crowded
They're too civilized to complain
When they've got two weeks vacation
They hurry to vacation grounds
They swim and they fish
That's what I do all year 'round; So

Bongo, Bongo, Bongo
I don't wanna leave the Congo
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, (no, no, no, no)
Bingle, Bangle, Bungle
I'm so happy in the jungle
I refuse to go
Don't want no bright lights
False teeth, doorbells, landlords
Penthouse, uh!, tension
Street cars, taxies
We make it clear;

They have things like the Atom Bomb
So, I think I stay where I YAM (yaHm Rhymes with bomb)
Civilization, no, no, no, no
I stay right here.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: jak220@aol.com
Date: 26 May 98 - 02:13 PM

I know I've heard this in a song. Does anyone know who sang it, when, and what was the name???

Thanks, Jim K. e-mail: jak220@aol.com


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
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Date: 27 May 98 - 05:16 PM

Bring forward!


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: Bob Schwarer
Date: 27 May 98 - 06:28 PM

The recording I have is by Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sisters.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: Gene
Date: 27 May 98 - 07:06 PM

Make that "Om" that rhymes with BOMB, according to the sheet music....


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: GUEST,absinthia
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 05:12 PM

there's a louis prima version in lolita.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 09:02 AM

Showing my age, I'll admit, but this song has been one of the deep subsurface songs in my life ever since I heard it played by Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge on a radio program one day when I was home sick from school in the 1940s. I had a little plastic radio so I guess it was postwar, say 1947 or so.

I was young enough and naive enough that I believed it. The announcer said something to the effect, "Now we're going to take you straight to the Congo, to a little village high on the headwaters of the Congo River, where the natives are singing one of their mysterious native songs. Let's see if we can hear them now..."

And then the jungle drums, and these voices, and yes, they were the voices of a fairly silly radio variety band, but damn, I was just a ten year old and it took me some while to realize this wasn't a True Ethnic Recording from the Darkest Heart of Africa...

Hence, I suppose, my love of world music to this day.

Whew, glad I got that off my chest and onto your reptilian backbrain.

Bob


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: Charmion
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 10:53 AM

Oh, thank you, Gene (whoever you are), for posting this in 1998, and thanks Bob Coltman for hauling it out of the depths of the Cat. It's been lurking in my reptilian backbrain since the 60s, when my mother used to sing snatches of it when she was in a good mood.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization ('Bingo, bango, bongo...')
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Feb 06 - 06:24 PM

The only currently available commercial recording I can find is one by Jimmy Durante. It's on "I Say It with Music," Viper's Nest CD #169, 1995. allmusic.com has a sound sample.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization ('Bingo, bango, bongo...')
From: Cluin
Date: 02 Feb 06 - 06:37 PM

The Danny Kaye & Andrews Sisters version I have here is available on this Andrews Sisters compilation.

Jeez, they were good!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization ('Bingo, bango, bongo...')
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Feb 06 - 07:00 PM

If I remember correctly, someone decided a few years ago that this was "the worst song ever written" in one of those strange lists that pop up mow & then...I disagreed, of course, as I can name 5 worse off the top of my reptilian backbrain.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization ('Bingo, bango, bongo...')
From: Snuffy
Date: 02 Feb 06 - 07:05 PM

I used to have a reptilian backbrain, but it left me and went away to become President


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization ('Bingo, bango, bongo...')
From: GUEST,Cindy
Date: 02 Feb 06 - 09:37 PM

I was searching for songs for my Senior Chair Exercise class and saw this song at itunes. I had a friend in high school that used to sing it in Italian. I asked people in my class if they know where it came from because it sounded like there was a visual to it such as a movie. One gal thought it may have been in a Tarzan cartoon. I can't believe that other people logged in about this song today.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization (Bingo, Bongo, Bongo)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Feb 06 - 09:44 PM

Oops! I overlooked something. allmusic also lists it under the title CIVILIZATION (BONGO, BONGO, BONGO). Under that title, the recording by The Andrews Sisters with Danny Kaye is shown on several albums. There are also recordings by Bing Crosby, Sy Oliver, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, and Elaine Stritch.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)
From: Cluin
Date: 18 Feb 06 - 04:18 PM

Strictly speaking, is the above type of spamlike post strictly allowed here, strictly?

[no, it isn't. It was spam] joeclone


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: CIVILIZATION (bingo, bango, bongo)
From: GUEST,Donald
Date: 12 Apr 09 - 12:36 PM

Does anyone if this song is played anywhere in Goodfellas?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)
From: GUEST,El Comadreja
Date: 12 May 09 - 02:49 PM

I remember a cartoon set to this song when I was a kid (50s-60s, but it was made earlier) and can't find it anywhere. Anyone else remember it?


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