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req: Civilization Song - bingo bango bongo

26 May 98 - 11:05 AM (#29323)
Subject: bingo bango bongo
From: jak220@aol.com

I'm trying to locate the name, author, lyrics and music for a song that I can only remember parts of. The line that I remember is "bingo bango bongo, I don't wanna leave the jungle, I refuse to go, oh oh oh oh". I don't know it's origin, but I think it came from an old movie cartoon, one of the black and white ones we (me) used to watch on tv when I was little (early 50's). My guess is it was written in the 30's of 40's. Can anyone help???

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


26 May 98 - 11:35 AM (#29325)
Subject: RE: bingo bango bongo
From: Allan C.

Can't say for sure, but I think I heard Tex Beneke(sp?) sing that song for the Glen Miller Orchestra. I no longer have a recording of the song. But if you check the music stores they may be able to locate it. If you ever locate the lyrics, please post them. I always loved the song. It was one of the fun songs Glen Miller's bunch did - like "The Red Silk Stockings and the Green Perfume" and "He Was the Best President We Ever Had" ("Presidente Maxmillian Hernandez" may have been the real title).


26 May 98 - 01:47 PM (#29339)
Subject: RE: bingo bango bongo
From: jak220@aol.com

I've looked all over the internet for songs by Glenn Miller and can't find any with bingo bango bongo in them. Are you sure it was GM that did this song? Does anyone else have any suggestions???

Thanks Jim K.


27 May 98 - 01:53 PM (#29450)
Subject: RE: bingo bango bongo
From: jak220@aol.com

I've looked just about everywhere I can imagine. It appears that this song never got recorded. I followed the Glenn Miller lead with no luck. I got another lead that said Louis Prima may have recorded it. I followed that lead with no luck.

Is there anyone out there that can help??

Does anyone know of any lyric archives that I may look at? HELP!

Jim K.


27 May 98 - 03:38 PM (#29458)
Subject: RE: bingo bango bongo
From: Bob Schwarer

The name of the song is "Civilization". The recording I have is by Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sister.

No credit for the writers is given.

Bob Schwarer


20 Oct 09 - 02:50 AM (#2748508)
Subject: RE: bingo bango bongo
From: GUEST

Talk about reviving an old topic, and no pun intended either!

Check out this Wikipedia article, if not accurate at least it has a lot to say about the song.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilization_%28song%29


20 Oct 09 - 03:22 PM (#2748902)
Subject: ADDPOP: Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)
From: Joe Offer

And YouTube has a recording by Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters.

CIVILIZATION (BONGO, BONGO, BONGO)
(Bob Hilliard & Carl Sigman)
[as recorded by Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters - also recorded by Louis Prima]

Each morning, a missionary advertises neon sign
He tells the native population that civilization is fine
And three educated savages holler from a bamboo tree
That civilization is a thing for me to see

So bongo, bongo, bongo, I don`t wanna leave the Congo, oh no no no no no
Bingo, bangle, bungle, I`m so happy in the jungle, I refuse to go
Don`t want no bright lights, false teeth, doorbells, landlords, I make it clear
That no matter how they coax him, I`ll stay right here

I looked through a magazine the missionary`s wife concealed (Magazine? What happens?)
I see how people who are civilized bung you with automobile (You know you can get hurt that way Daniel?)
At the movies they have got to pay many coconuts to see (What do they see, Darling?)
Uncivilized pictures that the newsreel takes of me

So bongo, bongo, bongo, he don`t wanna leave the Congo, oh no no no no no
Bingo, bangle, bungle, he`s so happy in the jungle, he refuse to go
Don`t want no penthouse, bathtub, streetcars, taxis, noise in my ear
So, no matter how they coax him, I`ll stay right here

They hurry like savages to get aboard an iron train
And though it`s smokey and it`s crowded, they`re too civilized to complain
When they`ve got two weeks vacation, they hurry to vacation ground (What do they do, Darling?)
They swim and they fish, but 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
Bingo, bangle, bungle, I`m so happy in the jungle, I refuse to go
Don`t want no jailhouse, shotgun, fish-hooks, golf clubs, I got my spears
So, no matter how they coax him, I`ll stay right here

They have things like the atom bomb,
So I think I'll stay where I am.
Civilization, I'll stay right here.

source: http://www.lyricsbay.com/civilization_bongo_bongo_bongo_lyrics-andrews_sisters.html
(I made a few corrections after listening to the recording)

Cute song, isn't it?

Is eleven years after the request a new record? Years ago, Jeri and Sorcha and Pene Azul achieved a one-minute response record, but eleven years is more my speed. I tried to e-mail the requester. Alas, his e-mail address is dead.
-Joe-


31 Dec 10 - 05:49 PM (#3064676)
Subject: RE: req: Civilization Song - bingo bango bongo
From: GUEST,katie h

Thankyou!

not from the original enquirer, but from me. I'm currently playing a computer game of all things, called Fallout 3. And this is a regular song on the 'radio' in the game.


19 Jun 12 - 12:08 AM (#3365305)
Subject: RE: req: Civilization Song - bingo bango bongo
From: GUEST,S. Grimes

I have the best version ever in cassette (Big Band Memories) 1945-1969 Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) Louis Prima/Louis Prima and Ensemble, Vocal   with sound effects-very funny