"Civilization" as written by and Winston Godfrey Rodney....
Each morning, a missionary advertises neon sign
He tells the native population that civilization is fine
And three educated savages holler from a bamboo tree
That civilization is a thing for me to see

So bongo, bongo, bongo, I don't want to leave the congo, oh no no no no no
Bingo, bangle, bungle, I'm so happy in the jungle, I refuse to go
Don't want no bright lights, false teeth, doorbells, landlords, I make it clear
(That no matter how they coax him) I'll stay right here

I looked through a magazine the missionary's wife concealed (magazine, what happens )
I see how people who are civilized bung you with automobile (you know you can get hurt that way Daniel)
At the movies they have got to pay many coconuts to see (what do they see, darling)
Uncivilized pictures that the newsreel takes of me

So bongo, bongo, bongo, he don't want to leave the congo, oh no no no no no
Bingo, bangle, bungle, he's so happy in the jungle, he refuse to go
Don't want no penthouse, bathtub, streetcars, taxis, noise in my ear
(So, no matter how they coax him) I'll stay right here

They hurry like savages to get aboard an iron train
And though it's smokey and it's crowded, they're too civilized to complain
When they've got two weeks vacation, they hurry to vacation ground (what do they do, darling)
They swim and they fish, but that's what I do all year round

So bongo, bongo, bongo, I don't want to leave the congo, oh no no no no no
Bingo, bangle, bungle, I'm so happy in the jungle, I refuse to go
Don't want no jailhouse, (shotgun) fish hooks (golf clubs) I got my spears
(So, no matter how they coax him) I'll stay right here

They have things like the atom bomb (so I think I'll stay where I am)
Civilization, I'll stay right here


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"Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)" as written by Carl Sigman Bob Hilliard

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    My OpinionTo me, this is the best song from Kaye.
    princeKOBALon August 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a very intelligent song. People often think of the 1940s as being a very ignorant and racist time in our history. I say the author of this song was a very insightful person. We could learn a lot from this song.
    rabrandomon May 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about being a monkey? I can tame that savage beast. Dare him to show his head (I mean face) here and I'll tame him alright. He'll be whistling Dixie;) LOL...just playin'. xoxo
    UseSomeoneElseon May 08, 2012   Link

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