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Civilization
Danny Kaye Lyrics


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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: BOB HILLIARD, CARL SIGMAN

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Juho Rantonen

@AwesomeDoge34 Excellent comment!

Just to pitch in the discussion - I feel there's really no need to put one point of view as a polar opposite of another. The song's original purpose was indeed to criticize the seemingly civilized ways of a western lifestyle. That much can be read from the lyrics. 👍

What I feel was said - and which with I agree - is that the way in which the male-singer portrays the tribal is simplified and generalizing to a racist extent. The singing tribal i given off as this pseudo-african-indonesian-southamerican-whatever-tribal who only eats coconuts, fishes and swims all year round, like a true NPC - and not really a individual with ambitions, thoughts beyond Bingo Bango Bongo and civilization being intimidating or bad. But all of this is not stated outright, it's just in the subtext. And as a far wiser than me AwesomeDoge mentioned, it was a different time in which this was not considered inconsiderate.

And yeah, I wouldn't burn anyone on a crazy witchhunt for social justice here, but it does make a better world to understand why this might strike a off-key note for some, like, in a small way it did for me. Still like the song though.

But yeah, thanks Doge. And to copy you shamelessly - I'm out asweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllllllll



theo

"They hurry like savages to get aboard an iron train.
And though it's smoky and crowded they're too civilized to complain.
When they've got two weeks vacation they hurry to vacation grounds.
(What do they do? Danny)
They swin and they fish but that's what I do all year round."

...
I think I'll stay, too.
And the Bongo, it's funny.



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Clone Commander

Me sneaking past raiders:

My pip-boy: SO BONGO BONGO BONGO I DONT WANNA LEAVE THE CONGO NONONONONONO

Binary Atlas

@ZEUS IS GAMIN 716 NONONONO PARTY ROCK ANTHEMM BONGO BONGO BONGO!

ZEUS IS GAMIN 716

LMFAO

Joao Gabriel

It happened to me while i was sneaking close to the place were nick valentine got captured by the triggermans i had to search for this

senkuuu_ishigami

😂😂😂

Ana Fox

Im CRyINg XD idk why this was so funny to me

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Frederick II

Me at 4 in the morning: please just let me sleep

My last two braincells: CONGO CONGO CONGO

Spiros Games15

Yep

Eric Ferrari

I’m up at 5 am singing life lessons I learned from fallout and the Andrews Sisters queens that’s a real woman savage ain’t skrd

Eric Ferrari

@Bamassacre Gaming time it is

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