Sheet Music, 1900-1909


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MUM00682, 0029


Cover: colorful drawing of thatched beach houses, surrounded by palm trees, two monkeys sit on the steps of the central hut; an internal description reads a monkey ditty; Publisher: F. B. Haviland Pub. Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

Relational Format

music score

Original Format


Original Collection

Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries


First verse
Down in Jungle Town, the moon shone down without a frown; Soon a shy baboon came out to spoon beneath the moon; Monkey Doodle wagged his noodle, he was Jungle king, She felt flattered when he chattered, You're a pretty thing Big bamboo room for two So promise you'll be true.
Down in Jungle Town, A honeymoon is coming soon; Then you'll hear a serenade To a pretty monkey maid, And in Monkey Land, The chimpanzees sing in the trees She'll be true to monkey doodledoo Way down in Jungle Town. Town.
Second verse
Soon he came to spoon, beneath the moon, with his baboon; Tho' another beau Who loves so, won't let her go; King got sore, then softly swore His tale of love I'll cut First he bit him then he hit him with a cocoanut Hear them sing Hail the King! He's Jungle Town's thing.

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Down in Jungle Town / music by Theodor Morse; words by Eduard Madden



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