"Tarzan Boy" as written by Maurizio Bassi and Naimy Hackett....
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Jungle life
I'm far away from nowhere
On my own like Tarzan boy

Hide and seek
I play along while rushing 'cross the forest
Monkey business on a sunny afternoon

Jungle life
I'm living in the open
Native beat that carries on

Burning bright
A fire blows the signal to the sky
I sit and wonder, does the message get to you?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Night to night
Gimme the other, gimme the other
Chance tonight
Gimme the other, gimme the other
Night to night
Gimme the other, gimme the other world

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Jungle life
You're far away from nothing
It's all right
You won't miss home

Take a chance
Leave everything behind you
Come and join me, won't be sorry
It's easy to survive

Jungle life
We're living in the open
All alone like Tarzans, boy

Hide and seek
We play along while rushing 'cross the forest
Monkey business on a sunny afternoon

Night to night
Gimme the other, gimme the other
Chance tonight, oh yeah
Night to night
Gimme the other, gimme the other
Night to night
You won't play

Night to night
Gimme the other, gimme the other
Chance tonight, oh yeah
Night to night, night to night
Gimme the other, gimme the other

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh


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"Tarzan Boy" as written by Naimy Hackett Maurizio Bassi

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  • +1
    General Commentyes, he died of AIDS in the year 1995(lostidols.com/files/rip/…).
    kool song ...takes me to my childhood hehe.
    May be this song is about a carefree attitude that everyone must possess to enjoy life to the fullest.
    langenfeldon October 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe general spirit has already been specified, i.e. it's a kind of archetypal "wild man" or "noble savage" image, carefree, natural, associated with the movie series Tarzan. The chorus uses Tarzan's cry from the films.

    The song also has strong sexual overtones, particularly the slang terms "gimme the other" and "monkey business". "Bit of the other" is British slang for sex (from this era). "Monkey business" in British slang is also sex (not for shady business as in America). Tarzan Boy is calling for a mate. (This is also consistent with the films, where Tarzan is pursuing a "civilised" woman named Jane).

    The title is Tarzan Boy, but McShane seems to be singing "Tarzan's boy". Strange.
    Ldxar1on June 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBaltimora is the name not of a band, but was the pseudonym of Jimmy McShane. I am told that he died of AIDS in the early '90s, though I have not confirmed this. Baltimora's lone hit was "Tarzan Boy" which can still be heard occasionally in the US as the music to Listerene commercials
    Marelleon June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI *LOVE* this song. Love it. To me, its really just about being yourself and having no worries about it. I think he chose the whole savage, natural, jungle setting because its (naturally) an uninhibited state of mind. LOVE this song.
    StripedSockson April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBRILLIANT!!! I love the real 80s/90s (not sure when this was released) monkey sound effect :D And me and my mum love to sing along to the Oh-ey-oh-ey-oh-ey-oh-ey bit!
    simsfreqon July 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite 80s/90s songs of all time. *LOVE* this song (and the video rocks, too!) :=)
    cphersonon January 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy is this song not available for purchase anywhere? I hear an edited version on Yahoo! Music every now and then.
    gilby_jron September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me want to pour gay fuel all over myself.
    Disintegrationson February 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I can't find exactly this song anywhere. but its good, just a nice feel good, fun song.
    angeleyes07on May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is pretty simply about living independently with the minimum of concerns and the maximum enjoyment. A very nice "let your hair down, have some fun!" message.
    Red Octoberon September 30, 2007   Link

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