Come along with me to the Congo land
Got a zebra by the tail and a python in my hand
Once my home was a Texas plain
But now I swing a lasso on an alien terrain

Hottentons and pygmies know where to go
Everybody's heading for the Watusi Rodeo

Cowboys are putting up a big fence around
A sacred elephant burial ground
Native women stomping up a flurry in the mud
Villagers are looking for some cowboy blood (Blood!)

I guess they didn't like them hats we made 'em wear
They don't look right on the native hair
Don't they know it's all for show
All for showing at the Watusi Rodeo

Monkeys in the trees just thumbing their nose
At the bull-riders riding on rhinos
Warriors standing with spears in the hands
Wondering what's next from a crazy white man

Natives are restless under these Stetsons
What are these cowboys doing in the Congo
Look like cows but they're water buffaloes
Ropin' and a riding in the Watusi Rodeo
Oh they look like cows but they're water buffaloes
Everybody's heading for the Watusi Rodeo



Lyrics submitted by pumkinhed, edited by slakjaw

Watusi Rodeo song meanings
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    General CommentImposition of Western culture on native tribes throughout history, with a disdain for native customs, using pejorative terms like "Hottentot" and equating greater importance over those of smaller stature such as the Pygmy
    wakemoon July 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAccording to one account, the song was inspired by a visit to a county fair in 1982 where they had a bunch of African-Americans performing traditional African rituals, followed by a bunch of cowboys boot scootin'. They waited until the following year, got permission from various groups, and then filmed parts of the video at the same county fair.
    quampon October 20, 2015   Link

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