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The Jungle Book I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)

music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman, performed by Louis Prima (King Louie), Phil Harris (Baloo) and Bruce Reitherman (Mowgli), clip from The Jungle Book (1967) movie

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Song lyrics


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

[MOWGLI speaking]
Gee, cousin Louie
You're doin' real good

[KING LOUIE speaking]
Now here's your part of the deal, 'cause
Lay the secret on me of man's red fire

[MOWGLI speaking]
But I don't know how to make fire

[KING LOUIE singing]
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
Come on, 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!

Snapshot pictures

I wanna be a man
I wanna be a man
  What I desire is man's red fire
What I desire is man's red fire
I wanna walk like you
I wanna walk like you
  Can learn to be
Can learn to be
The song is included in The Jungle Book Movie Songs

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