I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (The Jungle Book – Walt Disney)

I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (The Jungle Book - Walt Disney)

I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (The Jungle Book - Walt Disney)

I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” is a song from Walt Disney‘s 1967 film, The Jungle Book. The song was sung by Louis Prima and written by songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman.

Richard Sherman said he and his brother aimed for a jazz sound, with a Dixieland-like melody. The instrumentals were originally recorded by Prima – who also played the trumpet – and his band, Sam Butera & The Witnesses, but the music was replaced by one written by the film’s composer, George Bruns, and orchestrated by Walter Sheets. The “scat dialogue” between Baloo and King Louie was the result of two recording sessions. Louis Prima recorded first, with the intent that Baloo – played in his recording by Butera – would simply repeat what Louie scatted, but Phil Harris decided not to imitate Prima’s recording and made up his own. The song was released the same date as the motion picture itself.

I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (The Jungle Book – Walt Disney) (Video)

 

I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (The Jungle Book – Walt Disney) (Lyrics)

Now I’m the king of the swingers
Oh, the jungle VIP
I’ve reached the top and had to stop
And that’s what botherin’ me
I wanna be a man, mancub
And stroll right into town
And be just like the other men
I’m tired of monkeyin’ around!

Oh, oobee doo
I wanna be like you
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you, too
You’ll see it’s true
An ape like me
Can learn to be humen too

Gee, cousin Louie
You’re doin’ real good

Now here’s your part of the deal, cuz
Lay the secret on me of man’s red fire

But I don’t know how to make fire

Now don’t try to kid me, mancub
I made a deal with you
What I desire is man’s red fire
To make my dream come true
Give me the secret, mancub
Clue me what to do
Give me the power of man’s red flower
So I can be like you

You!
I wanna be like you
I wanna talk like you
Walk like you, too
You’ll see it’s true
Someone like me
Can learn to be
Like someone like me
Can learn to be
Like someone like you
Can learn to be
Like someone like me!

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