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    Default Civlization (Bongo Bongo Bongo) - song from the 1940s

    Hello all,

    It's very hard trying to find tabs for any pre-50s songs and yet again I have drawn a blank. If anybody could help me with this song then I would be mighty appreciative.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C60iYHFE2pI

    And yes, admittedly I had never heard it until I played Fallout 3

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    I can't help with tabs/chords/written music, but I was born in 1938, and can remember hearing this record on the radio, way back when - seems like in a previous lifetime. Well, I guess it was at least sixty years ago. Sheeesh!

    John Colter.

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    I've got a music sheet for it somewhere. Will dig through my collection and post it. It was a racist song with lyrics like Bongo, Bongo, Bongo/I don't wat to leave the Congo..."

    Lyrics:

    Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)
    The Andrews Sisters with Danny Kaye, written by Bob Hilliard and Carl Sigman
    Recorded September 27, 1947 in Los Angeles by The Andrews Sisters, with Danny Kaye and Vic Schoen & His Orchestra.


    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 wanna 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 wanna 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 wanna 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 "ahm"
    Civilization, I'll stay right here!
    Ian
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    Utque sacerdotis fugitivus liba recuso
    pane egeo mellitis potiore placentis.

    I'm like that priest's slave who ran away because
    They fed him honey cakes and he longed for bread.

    Horace: Epistle X
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    Searching for some chords. Came up with this (haven't tried it yet):

    CIVILIZATION (BONGO, BONGO, BONGO)
    BOB HILLIARD AND CARL SIGMAN, C
    FROM THE BROADWAY MUSICAL ANGEL IN THE WINGS

    (C) BONGO, BONGO, BONGO I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THE CONGO
    OH, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
    BINGLE, BANGLE, BUNGLE, I'M SO HAPPY IN THE (C#dim7) JUNGLE
    I RE(Dm7)FUSE TO GO (G7)
    DON'T WANT NO (Dm7) BRIGHT LIGHTS, (G9) FALSE TEETH
    (Dm7) DOORBELLS, (G9) LANDLORDS
    (Dm7) I MAKE IT CLEAR (G7)
    THAT, NO (DM7) MATTER HOW THEY (G7) COAX ME
    I'LL (G7) STAY RIGHT (C) HERE
    THEY HAVE THINGS LIKE THE ATOM BOMB
    SO I (Gm) THINK I'LL STAY WHERE I 'OM' (A7)
    CIVILI(Dm7)ZATION, (G7) I'LL STAY RIGHT (C) HERE
    Found it here: www.foundationwebsite.org/OlderPopularSongs.htm
    Ian
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    Utque sacerdotis fugitivus liba recuso
    pane egeo mellitis potiore placentis.

    I'm like that priest's slave who ran away because
    They fed him honey cakes and he longed for bread.

    Horace: Epistle X
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    Don't have the sheet music, so I bought one on eBay. Will post chords when it arrives. Will also scan it and add it to my collection of vintage music. It will be guitar chords, however, not ukulele.
    Ian
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    Utque sacerdotis fugitivus liba recuso
    pane egeo mellitis potiore placentis.

    I'm like that priest's slave who ran away because
    They fed him honey cakes and he longed for bread.

    Horace: Epistle X
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    Got the sheet music for this song yesterday. It's got guitar chords, not uke, and names not symbols, but easily translated.
    It's in C.
    I'll scan it Monday and post it. But for now, the chords for the chorus above are correct. Here's the verse portion:
    (C)Each morning, a (C+) missionary (C6) adver (Fm) tises (C) neon sign
    He tells the native population that civilization is (Dm7) fine (G7)(Dm7)
    (G7) And three (Dm7) educated (G9) savages (Dm7) holler from a (G9) bamboo (Dm7) tree (G7) (Dm7)
    (G7) That (Dm7) civiliza(G9) tion is a (G7)thing (G9) for (G7) me to (c) see (G+) But...
    Ian
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    Utque sacerdotis fugitivus liba recuso
    pane egeo mellitis potiore placentis.

    I'm like that priest's slave who ran away because
    They fed him honey cakes and he longed for bread.

    Horace: Epistle X
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    Added this PDF in the collection of vintage music I offer on DVD, along with about 500 other vintage PDFs. It's one of the rare guitar pieces in the collection.
    Ian
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    Utque sacerdotis fugitivus liba recuso
    pane egeo mellitis potiore placentis.

    I'm like that priest's slave who ran away because
    They fed him honey cakes and he longed for bread.

    Horace: Epistle X
    Ukulele reviews * Vintage Uke Music * Tequila * Henry Hudson * Harmonica reviews * Blog

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    Joel Cathey actually just posted a cover of this song on his YouTube. Incredible!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ccNpWBdeZ0

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