Monkey See, Monkey Do

from by Bruce Pumpa

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This is about an unfaithful monkey treating her long suffering partner like an "old baboon". I went to the internet well for inspiration on types of monkeys and apes and remember being pleased to discover the Agile Gibbon. (I can understand how an unfaithful monkey would be attracted to an ape named as such).


Monkey See, Monkey Do
(Bruce Pumpa)

I come from a colder climate
Down here we don’t have too many primates
Though I still like to monkey around
But you’ve been going ape all over town

You’ve been swinging from bar to bar
I don’t think that will get you too far
You’ve been hanging with the agile gibbon
When it’s solid ground you should have your feet on

Monkey see, monkey do, what’s happening to you
You treat me like an old baboon
Monkey do, monkey see, how can it be
You’re trying to make a chimp out of me

You act like you’re Queen of the Jungle
But I think you’re just in a bungle
Going round picking other guys’ fleas
And ignoring all my heartfelt pleas

(Solos: Tin Whistle and Harmonica)


Since you met that orang-utan
I feel like an also-ran
I need you back here with me
It’s getting lonely up here in my tree

(Chorus) x 3


from World of Hearts, released August 27, 2013
Bruce Pumpa
(lyrics and music)
Jeremy P Martin: guitar and backing vocals
Lol Sugar: bass and backing vocals
Stuart Naylor: backing vocals
Bruce Pumpa: vocals, piano, congas, drums, tin whistle and harmonica



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Bruce Pumpa Melbourne, Australia

Hi, I'm Bruce Pumpa. I am a singer, songwriter, musician from Melbourne. I write about things that are important to me, like family, love, compassion, respect, dancing. I have recorded an EP and two albums with Jeremy P Martin engineering and co-producing and have a wonderful band the Perfect Gentlemen who I sing and play keyboards with. I also play drums in a great cover band the Flying Sorcerers ... more

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