mama was queen of the mambo
papa was quuen of the congo
deep down in a djungle
i started bangin' my first bongo
every monkey'd like to be
in my place instead of me
cause i'm the king of bongo, baby
i'm the king of bongo bong

i went to the big town
where there is a lot of sound
from the djungle to the city
looking for a bigger crown
so i play my boogie
for the people of big city
but they don't go crazy
when i'm bangin' on my boogie

i'm the king of the bongo
king of the bongo bong
hear me when i come, baby
king of the bongo
king of the bongo bong

they said that i'm a clown
making too much dirty sound
they say there is no place for little monkey in this town
nobody'd like to be
in my place instead of me
cause nobody go crazy
when i'm bangin' on my boogie

i'm the king of the bongo
king of the bongo bong
hear me when i come, baby
king of the bongo
king of the bongo bong

bangin' on my bongo
all that swing belongs to me
i'm so happy there's nobody
in my place instead of me
i'm a king without a crown
hanging loose in a big town
but i'm the king of bongo, baby
i'm the king of bongo bong

king of the bongo
king of the bongo bong
hear me when i come, baby
king of the bongo
king of the bongo...


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  • +1
    General CommentHow do you mean that Five, coming out of your shell and being introduced to the bigger world?

    I've always thought that it's about migration, or maybe refugees, and maybe especially about african people. About how they come from their own lifes, their world, in a total different world, with people who are not interested in them and don't appreciate their special identity and culture. He is very happy and proud with his life, but the people from the country where he ends up don't understand what is special about him, and they prejudice immediately everything that is different about him. They are racists too, because they call him a clown and a monkey, so to me that sounds that they don't see him as a real person, but something less. Just because they judge him in advance and don't even try to get to know him.
    In the last part, I get the idea that he went back to his hometown and his own life, where he feels good and where no people reject him or ridicule him.

    Maybe it's meant to people who want to go to the north to look for a better life there, to tell them that the image of the rich, nice west is not so nice at all as they think.
    PutTheLightsOnon July 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, it's so cool...but were is the rest of the song? the french part!
    weezerific:cutleryon March 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe french part is actually the song that follows it on the cd called "je ne t'aime plus"........:D
    Soukinion May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol
    funny song :D
    Freak_like_meon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcrazy! great song
    Aerobabeon June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so cute! I love it!
    carmson August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the french part goes like:
    i love you no longer, my love
    i love you no longer, every day
    but hey, what do i know
    5raon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd that's true !!! :)
    Je ne t'aime plus mon amour,
    je ne t'aime plus tous les jours,
    je ne t'aime plus mon amour,
    je ne t'aime plus tout les jours...
    this song is so cute, i love the accent of manu Chao, his english is so cute.
    Did you konw that is has AIDS ans that the following song is in part about it ?
    lili puceon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat about AIDS?

    this song is so beautiful.
    chapfalleneyeson May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsure "funny song" but with meaningful lyrics. talks about coming out of your shell and being introduced to the bigger world.
    Fiveon December 02, 2004   Link

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