I Wan'na Be Like You (the Monkey Song)
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, 'cause 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 Now, give me the secret, mancub C'mon, 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 walk like you Talk 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
Written by: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company
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12 facts about this song
"I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" was created for the 1967 Disney animation film, "The Jungle Book".
The song was composed by the famous duo of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, who are well-known for their work in several Disney films.
The song was originally sung by Louis Prima, playing the character of King Louie, the boisterous orangutan in "The Jungle Book".
To capture the spontaneity and humor of Prima's performance, Disney recorded Prima's vocals live in the studio while they were filming his actions for the animators to draw from.
King Louie, the character who sings the song in the film, was not in Rudyard Kipling's original collection of "Jungle Book" stories. Disney added the character as they needed a comically lighthearted character.
The song is a classic example of Jazz music and falls under the swing genre.
The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including The Jonas Brothers in 2007 and Olly Murs in 2015 for a Disney compilation album.
In April 2016, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 83.
The song was also included in the 2016 live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book", sung by Christopher Walken who portrayed King Louie.
The song portrays the human-like aspirations of King Louie, the orangutan who wants to learn the secret of man's red fire in order to become human.
While many enjoy the song for its catchy tune and humorous lyrics, some critics debate its portrayal of stereotypes, as they see an unintended reflection of the civil rights struggles in America at the time of the film's release.
Louis Prima and his ensemble, including singer Gia Maione and sax player Sam Butera, performed "I Wan'na Be Like You" in the film and also performed it live in their nightclub acts.
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