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Lyr Req/ADD: Four Hairy Apes (James Leisy)

GUEST,Mike 06 Dec 06 - 09:12 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Four Hairy Apes
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 09:12 PM

About 35 years ago I heard a song about "Four Hairy Apes" who were converted to Christianity by Deacon Jones. The only internet hits I find are in folk music databases that list a song "Four Hairy Apes" in a book "Songs for Swinging Housemothers", but no lyrics.

Anyone know this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Four Hairy Apes
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 01:21 AM

I think Joe Offer has that book. He has posted songs from it before.


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Subject: ADD: Four Hairy Apes (James Leisy)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 08:16 PM

I got an e-mail today from somebody named Mike, asking for this song. I wonder if it's the same Mike who started this thread. I'm sorry I missed the thread when it first came up.

FOUR HAIRY APES
(James Leisy)

Deacon Jones was a religious man,
A missionary in a tropic land.
There he found some apes, Living just like apes
He taught them right and not to fight,
'Cause he was a religious man.

CHORUS
Four Hairy apes lookin' for them pearly gates,
Saved by the hand of Deacon Jones.
Four Hairy apes lookin' for them pearly gates,
Troddin' down that good old righteous road.


He took them apes to a revival hall.
He took 'em just as fast as they could crawl.
But they looked so much like apes,
The people called them apes,
And with a shout they threw 'em out,
But they never lost their faith at all. (Chorus)

The apes were lost in a cruel, heartless world,
But they journeyed forth with banners unfurled.
To their creed they tried to draw
Each and every ape they saw;
And overnight they converted to right
A thousand apes and a squirrel. (Chorus)

They organized the United Apes
And didn't allow no fear nor greed or hate.
But by and by they turned
To the human ways they'd spurned.
And it wasn't long till they all went wrong,
'Cept the four of them who never had strayed. (chorus)


Copyright 1961, by James Leisy Music, Portola Valley, California.

from Songs for Swinging Housemothers, by Frank Lynn (Oak Publications, 1961, 1963), page 52

Leisy was the compiler/editor of Folk Song Abecedary, Songs for Pickin' and Singin', and Hootenanny Tonight! - and many other songbooks.

Click to play (joeweb)


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Four Hairy Apes
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 10:24 PM

Was one of them named Chongo?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Four Hairy Apes
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 01:06 AM

Yeah, one named Chongo, another named Spaw....

Got a MIDI posted:

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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Four Hairy Apes
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 12:10 AM

Thanks Joe, been looking for that for a long time! :)

Mike


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Subject: Moved Permanently
From: GUEST,SamuelSok
Date: 15 Jul 15 - 03:35 AM

I am new here, why was I getting this error? HTTP 301 Moved Permanently? ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/ADD: Four Hairy Apes (James Leisy)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Jul 15 - 04:19 AM

Sorry about that, Samuel. I keep thinking I have a permanent place to store MIDI files, and my permanent place keep getting discontinued. The file was supposed to be on a Website supplied by my Internet provider, AT&T. I still have Internet service from ATT, but they didn't tell me they discontinued my Website.
Let's try again.
-Joe-


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