Censorship

28 Nov

Michael‘s Aunt Debbie sent us a box of gifts, including a couple of children’s music CDs for Jade.  (Aside: people have been so sweet about remembering Jade when they bring gifts for Halia.  Seriously, it’s like Christmas around here.)

Jade loved the new CDs and I got a kick out of them, too, since there are some songs I haven’t heard since I was a kid.  One of them is “The Animal Fair”.  Here are the lyrics, as they are sung on Jade’s CD:

I went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beasts were there,
The big baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair.
The monkey bumped the skunk
And sat on the elephant’s trunk;
The elephant sneezed and fell to his knees,
And almost slipped on his trunk, his trunk!

Now, it’s a little silly to try to rhyme “trunk” with “trunk”, but the real problem I have with this version is that it’s nowhere near as funny as the version I remember as a kid.

I went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beasts were there,
The big baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair.
The monkey, he was drunk,
And sat on the elephant’s trunk;
The elephant sneezed and fell to his knees,
And that was the end of the monk, the monk!

I guess these days it’s not politically correct to have drunk monkeys in children’s songs, hunh?

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Censorship”

  1. Kara November 29, 2008 at 6:40 am #

    I know! One of Hunters cd’s has silly sailor instead of drunken sailor. Not as much fun at all 🙂

  2. Meandering Michael November 29, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    I want to know what monkeys are doing “bumping” skunks…

  3. Peaeater December 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    Effing bowdlerism! I can’t effing stand it! Gah.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: