“Gitarzan” Performed By Ray Stevens (1969)

October 14, 2010


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#8 U.S. Pop, #10 Canada

Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarkdale, Georgia. Ray was unique in that he had both  straight pop and country hits (“Everything Is Beautiful”) as well as novelty song hits (“The Streak”).

This is my favorite of his many novelty tunes and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ray Stevens is still performing today. You may check his schedule, new music availability,  read a detailed biography, and more at RayStevens. Com, his Official Web Site.

Enjoy Mr. Stevens’  classic performance of one of my favorite fun songs of the Sixties in this vintage video.

Gitarzan – Composed by Bill Everette & Ray Stevens

He’s free as the breeze, He’s always at ease
He lives in the jungle and hangs by his knees
As he swings through the trees without a trapeze
In his B.V.D.’s

He’s got a union card and he’s practicing hard
To play the guitar
Gonna be a big star, yeah, he’s gonna go far
And carry moon beams home in a jar

He ordered Chet’s Guitar course C.O.D.
Makes “A” and “E” and he’s working on “B”
Digs “C” and “W” and “R” and “B”
And me and the chimpanzee agree that one day soon he will be a celebrity

(Chorus)
Git it, git it, git it, git it…OW!
Gitarzan, he’s a guitar man
He’s all you can stand
Give him a hand, Gitarzan

Ahhh (Jungle Yell), Ahhh, Ahhh
He’s got a girl named Jane with no last name
Kinda homely and plain but he loves her just the same
Cuz she kindles a flame and it drives him insane
When he hears her sing, she really does her thing
It’s her claim to fame, come on, sing one Jane

Baby, baby
Ow, baby, baby (scat)
Baby, baby

Well, they got a pet monkey
He likes to get drunky
And sing boogie woogie and it sounds real funky
Come on, your time boy, sing one monkey

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Let’s hear it for the monkey

On saturday night they need some excitement
Jane gets right and the monkey gets tight
And their voices unite in the pale moonlight
And it sounds all right, yeah, it’s dynamite, it’s out of sight
Let’s hear it right…..now

Baby, ahhh, baby, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Baby, ahhh, baby, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

(Chorus)
Git it, git it, git it, git it…ow!
Gitarzan and his jungle band
They’re all you can stand
Give ‘em a hand Gitarzan

Musically Yours,

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