Jo Jo Gunne
Chuck Berry Lyrics

It was in ancient history, four thousand B.C.
Back up in the jungle in a coconut tree
Hanging on a branch up under the sun
Was a meddlesome monkey named Jo Jo Gunne

Old Leo the lion came down from the mountain
To get a drink of water from the jungle fountain
Jo Jo the monkey started tellin' him jive
About the elephant who was gonna skin him alive
Leo tried to reach and grab Jo Jo's tail
Got mad and went roarin' through the jungle trail
He ran upon an elephant beneath a tree
And said, put up your dukes you gotta tussle with me

An ol' eagle from Asia made a non stop flight
Tryin' to make it in time, just to see them fight
A crocodile phoned and reversed the charge
Coming all the way from India on a local barge

Ol' gorilla heard 'em talking in the lion's den
But Jo Jo bet him ten bucks the elephant wins
Jo Jo yelled at Leo, Go on, knock him down
He don't outweigh you but a thousand pounds

Leo left wailin' with a left upper cut
The elephant took his snoot and grabbed a coconut
Leo fired a beautiful short back cross
That's when the coconut landed up against his jaw

Leo grew tired, but he wouldn't give in
The elephant all loose, beat his jawbone in
The buzzard said, they fought furious all day
He couldn't understand how Leo got away

Jo Jo runnin' everywhere, spreadin' the news
To the zebras and the leopards and the kangaroos
A hoot owl reported everything he saw
Had his eyes wide open, they called it a draw

Leo limping back with his jawbone bruised
Jo Jo in the trees started singin' the blues
Laughin', meddling, jumpin' up and down
Till his foot missed a limb and he fell to the ground

Just like a bolt of thunder and a streak of heat
Leo covered Jo Jo with all four feet
Jo Jo was screamin' with tears in his eyes
Said, please mister Leo, I apologize

Said, if you let my feet upon solid ground
I'll fight you close range, fifteen rounds
Leo got back to the square of the fight
Jo Jo took a leap and jumped out of sight

Written by: CHUCK BERRY

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Mark Armstrong

Digging into my collection I slap myself for not playing Chuck more often.When i played this awesome track it blew me away. Found your video for it an dhad to share it with the world, cheers.


I can hear the foundation for punk and hip hop on this killer track

Philip Pankhurst

If you want evidence to support the notion that Chuck Berry was rock'n'roll's greatest poet , story teller and lyricist - here it is ....

M Monez

He's amazing!! Love this song and story. I'm in my mid thirties and I play this for anyone I like

Michael Stevens

I have been listening to this for over 50 years try finding someone who knows of it

Marlo Venus

Ive always loved this tune since I got the 45 in FW Tex in 1961, we all loved this.

Daniel Alejandro Alarcón Coya

De verdad que es una canción distinta, visionaria

alex arolas garcia

Esta buena canción la compuso CHUCK BERRY y la canto en el año 1958


chuck berry is the best!

Michael Sorrells

Rest in peace Chuck Berry

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