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"I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)", or simply "I Wanna Be Like You", is a song sung by King Louie in Disney's 1967 animated film The Jungle Book. It features the orangutan Louie and his monkeys capturing protagonist Mowgli, charming him and trying to get him to tell the secret of how to make fire so they may use it to rule the jungle. The song was performed by Louie's voice actor, the late Louis Prima, and the late Phil Harris, the voice of hero Baloo.

The Jungle Book 2 was released in 2003, and while Louie never made an appearance, the song was performed by American band Smash Mouth over the end credits.

In 2016, Disney remade The Jungle Book as a live-action film, this time with Louie voiced by actor Christopher Walken.

Lyrics

Bu-ba-do-do-do-be-do

Now I'm the king of the swingers, whoa
The jungle VIP
I've reached the top and had to stop
And that's what botherin' me
I wanna be a man, mancub
And stroll right into town
And be just like the other men
I'm tired of monkeyin' around!

Oh, ooh-bee-doo,
(Oop-dee-wee)
I wanna be like you
(Hop-dee-doo-bee-do-bow)
I wanna walk like you
(Cheep)
Talk like you
(Cheep)
Too!
(Wee-bee-dee-bee-dee-boo)
You'll see it's true
(Shoo-be-dee-doo)
An ape like me
(Scooby-doo-bee-doo-bee)
Can learn to be
Human
Too!

[Gee, cousin Louie, you're doin' real good.]

[Now here's your part of the deal, cuz. Lay the secret on me of man's red fire.]

['But I don't know how to make fire!]

Now don't try to kid me, mancub
I made a deal with you!
What I desire is man's red fire
To make my dream come true!
Give me the secret, mancub
Come on, clue me what to do
Give me the power of man's red flower
So I can be like you!

Hey!
De-zop-ba-ronie
Hap-da-dee-ba-lat
Da-dat-dat-non
Hey, a-baby-dot-doo
Zaba-doo-doo-day-doo-bop
Doo-boo-doo-day, ze-bonz
Za-bop-bop-bobby

Za-bah-doo-dee!

Well, a-ree-bah-naza

He-beh-do-beh-doy

Well, a-lah-bah-zini

Wadahlabat-boodalabat

Seebahlalat-dodie

Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh

Well, a-ha ha ha ha

Rrrrahr-rrrahr!

Gettin' mad, baby!

Hall-owallo-a-la la

Mahata alottado

Hodolata-deetle-do

Do-zootle-dot-dot-dot-dot-dot

Gingle do doot do do do doot

Zeep-i-doo-da hab a daah

You hoo hoo!
(Oop-dee-wee)
I wanna be like you!
(Hop-dee-doo-bee-do-bow)
I wanna walk like you!
(Cheep)
Talk like you
(Cheep)
Too!
(Wee-bee-dee-bee-dee-boo)
You'll see it's true!
(Shoo-be-dee-doo)
Someone like me
(Scooby-doo-bee-doo-bee)
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like me
(Take me home, daddy!)
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like you
(One more time!)

Yeah!
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like me!
Cee-de-do-bop-bop
Bada-doodle
Dot-andot-andot-andot-andot...
Man...

Now I'm the king of the swingers, whoa
The jungle VIP
I've reached the top and had to stop
And that's what botherin' me
I wanna be a man, mancub
And stroll right into town
And be just like the other men
I'm tired of monkeyin' around!

Oh, ooh-bee-doo,
I wanna be like you
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you
Too!
You'll see it's true
Someone like me
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like you!

Now don't try to kid me, mancub
I'll make a deal with you
What I desire is man's red fire
To make my dream come true!
Now give me the secret, mancub
Come on, clue me what to do
Give me the power of man's red flower
So I can be like you!

Oh, ooh-bee-doo,
I wanna be like you
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you
Too!
You'll see it's true
Someone like me
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like you!

Now you might think it's ridiculous
That me, a Gigantopithecus
Would ever dream, I'd like to team
The likes of you, mancub
But together, we'd have powers
All the jungle's treasures ours
I got desire, you've got the fire
But the dream I dream takes two!

So, oooh,
I wanna be like you
I wanna use that flame
Just the same
You can do it, too
Oh, how magnifiecus it would be
A Gigantopithecus like me
Could learn to do
Like you humans do
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like you
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like me!

Other Appearances

  • The song is featured in the stage adaptation, including the simplified The Jungle Book: Kids version.
  • The 1967 version appeared on the following albums:
    • The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song
    • The Jungle Book (Original Soundtrack)
    • Classic Disney Volume III
    • Disney's Greatest Volume 1
    • Disney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs
    • The UK release of Now That's What I Call Disney
    • Now That's What I Call Disney! 2
    • Songs and Story: The Jungle Book - EP
  • The 1967 version appeared on the following sing-along videos:
    • Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities
    • Let's Go to the Circus
    • Disney Sing Along Songs: Collection of All Time Favorites: The Magic Years
    • Disney Sing Along Songs: Flik's Musical Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • The song makes appearances in the Disney Park shows Celebrate the Magic and Steps in Time.
  • The song appears in King Louie's level of the video game Jungle Book Groove Party.
  • An 8-bit version is featured in the mobile game Disney Crossy Road when playing as certain Jungle Book characters.
  • The 2003 version appeared in on the album Disneymania.
  • The Jonas Brothers covered the song for Disneymania 5.
  • Fall Out Boy covered the song for We Love Disney.
  • The 2016 version appeared on the soundtrack.
  • The song was performed on the jukebox musical On the Record.

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1967

2016

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Animated Series & Shorts
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