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Lyr Req: Signifyin' Monkey (Oscar Brown Jr.)

09 Oct 98 - 05:26 AM (#41029)
Subject: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: Zorro

I'm looking for the lyrics to Plain Black Boy, I think is the title. "He was born in Alabama, bred in Illinois, he was nothin' but a plain, black boy..." Anyone know...." If so, thanks.. if not, thanks anyway..
Go here: Lyr Add: ELEGY (PLAIN BLACK BOY) (Brooks/Brown)--JoeClone, 21-Oct-2009.


09 Oct 98 - 05:51 AM (#41030)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: DWDitty

Zorro, I've been an Oscar Brown, Jr. fan since jr. high - I checked out my six albums and two CDs but no sign of the song you are seeking. Do you know which album it is on? I will then try to find it for you.


09 Oct 98 - 06:04 AM (#41033)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: Martin Ryan

I think an earlier thread on Oscar had a link to his home page.

Regards


09 Oct 98 - 01:15 PM (#41052)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: Joe Offer

Click here to get to the previous thread, where Joe Offer is still hoping to get dwditty to post the lyrics to "Signifyin' Monkey." (hint, hint...)
-Joe Offer-

Click Here to the Oscar Brown Jr. home page.


09 Oct 98 - 02:56 PM (#41062)
Subject: Lyr Add: SIGNIFYIN' MONKEY (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
From: DWDitty

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

Chorus:
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

Chorus

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

Chorus

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

Chorus


09 Oct 98 - 03:00 PM (#41063)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: DWDitty

Sorry, Joe. In the last stanza, it was the lion who shook his head, not the monkey. I usually make similar mistakes when performing this song. It is still a crowd pleaser, though.


10 Oct 98 - 12:48 AM (#41102)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: Zorro

How did the Signifyin' Monkey get on here? I'm looking for the lyrics to "Plain Black Boy"..


10 Oct 98 - 04:05 AM (#41113)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: Joe Offer

Thanks for the lyrics, DWDitty. The version I had before was too vulgar for me to want to perform. This one is just great. I fixed the mixup in the last verse.
-Joe Offer-


11 Oct 98 - 06:19 AM (#41206)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: DWDitty

Joe, Care to share your secret for fixing already posted threads? No matter how much I check before clicking "Post" there is always something I wish I had done differently. It's like all the great lines you wish you had used in a situation long after the event has passed.


12 Oct 98 - 05:44 AM (#41296)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: dwditty

Say it ain't so, Joe. Say you are going to share the "Secret of Thread Repair" with Seed and me.


12 Oct 98 - 07:29 AM (#41315)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: Joe Offer

Sorry to be slow to answer, DWDitty, I've been off hiking and singing and stuff. Max created an edit button so somebody could fix mistakes, and I was assigned to be at least one of the somebodies. If you need something fixed, send me a personal message.
-Joe Offer-


12 Oct 98 - 07:33 AM (#41317)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested; Oscar Brown Jr. song...
From: Barbara

Uhm, Joe, do your personal messages work now? Mine still don't. And now I know you do stay up all night to do this kind of stuff, 'cause I'm up now, and I know what time it is here on the left coast.
Blessings,
Barbara


17 Jun 12 - 08:27 PM (#3364745)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Signifyin' Monkey (Oscar Brown Jr.)
From: GUEST,Deb

Thank you so much!


18 Jun 12 - 10:10 AM (#3364942)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Signifyin' Monkey (Oscar Brown Jr.)
From: GUEST,Azizi

I had the pleasure of seeing Oscar Brown Jr perform "Signifyin Monkey" & some of his other songs in Newark, New Jersey in the late 1960s. What a talented, socially conscious man he was!

I included the lyrics posted here, and a link to this thread in this post on my pancocojams blog:

http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/06/oscar-brown-jr-signifyin-monkey-video.html Oscar Brown Jr - "The Signifyin Monkey" (Video, Lyrics, Comments)

In addition to the lyrics given above (with more punctuation added), that blog post includes a video of Oscar Brown Jr' performing "Signifyin Monkey" and information about the terms "signifyin", "toast" etc

Thanks for inspiring me to publish that post!

Azizi Powell