Animal Fair

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Information About Animal Fair

Animal Fair" is a favorite children's song the origin of which is unknown. It was notably sung during the Spanish American War by the Rough Riders led by Colonel Leonard Wood, and more famously Teddy Roosevelt, while crossing the water to Cuba.

The song can be sung as a round making it a popular campfire song. There are a number of different versions in circulation.

The song was included in several popular children's recordings, including: Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House of the Best Love Songs (1958), Disney Children's Favorite Songs 1 (1979) and Wee Sing Silly Songs.

There is a cool little book with pop-up pages and such based on this song. You can see it on the Amazon site at: Animal Fair: A Spectacular Pop-Up. It has also been the inspiration for several compilations by the same name, including a book of poems about animals by poet William Cole written in 1958.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This the Monkey and Elephant version that sneezed and got drunk

The monkey he got drunk,
and sat on the elephant's trunk.
The elephant sneezed
and fell on his knees
and that's what became of the monk.

This version is about the Monkey and Elephant and a trip to the animal fair and an animal show

I went to the Animal Fair,
The birds and the bees were there,
The hairy Baboon by the light of the moon,
Was combing his golden hair,
The monkey fell out of his bunk,
Slid down the elephants trunk,
Weeeeeeeeeeeee,
And what became of the Monkey. .Monkey. .Monkey!!

I went to the animal show,
Where all of the animals go.
A big giraffe was making me laugh
By yelling, “Look out below!”
I went to the animal zoo
To see a gnu I knew.
But the gnu I knew would be new to you
If you went to the animal zoo.

The following version is a tongue twister that you might want to try out yourself

Said a flee to a fly in a flue,
Said the flee "Oh, what shall we do?"
Said the fly "Let us flee,"
Said the flee "Let us fly,"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

Here's a longer version that combines the drunk monkey and an animal fair

It was at the animal's fair
the fox and the geese were there
The grey baboon by the light of the moon
combed his silvery hair
The monkey, he got drunk
He fell on the elephant's trunk
The elephant SNEEZED
and went down on his knees
and that was the end
of the monk, monk, monk!

If you aren't over the monkey and the elephant yet, you can throw in the following verse

You should have seen the monk;
He climbed up the elephant's truck.

You'll notice that this is a similar version but it throws in a group of kids in the last stanza

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.

You should have seen the monk,
He climbed up the elephant's trunk,
The elephant sneezed,
And fell to his knees.
And that was the end of the monk, the monk, the monk.

The animal fair, the animal fair,
We had such fun when we were there.
There never was a fair to compare
With the rollicking frolicking animal fair.

Here's another short version of Animal Fair that combines two other versions together

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 did get drunk
And sat on the elephant's trunk.
The elephant sneezed and fell on his knees
But what become of the monk monk monk?

To mix it up a little bit, you can interchange "monk" with "monkey"

Listen to this song's music

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Legs Sparrow, USA

12 September 2014 at 12:35am

Heard this on CAPTIAN KANGAROO but i can remember the last lines went THE SILLY OLD THE MONK,HE CLIMMED UP THE ELEPHANTS TRUCK,THE ELEPHANT SNEEZED,AND FELL ON HIS KNEES,THAT'S WHAT BECAME OF THE MONK,THE MONK,THE MONK,THE MONK

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Andrew, Jamaica

1 July 2014 at 12:41am

I haven't heard this in decades. Brings back memories of nights in the country with our Mom, singing in the moonlight. I went to the animals fair....the birds and the bees were there...the big baboon by the light of the moon....was coming his auburn hair. The monkey, he got drunk... and fell on the elephant's trunk...., the elephant sneezed and fell on his knees...but what became of the monkey, the monkey, the monkey.

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Paul C Christensen, United States

12 September 2013 at 2:53am

I went to the animal fair the birds and the bees were there. The Big Baboon By the light of the moon was combing he Auburn hair. The Monkey lit some punk and burnt the Elephant's Trunk. The Elephant sneezed and fell to his knees and that was the end of the Monk, The Monk, The Monk. I went to the Animal fair the Birds and the bees were there, The big baboon by the light of the moon was combing his auburn hair. The elephant coughed and fell in the trough and that was the end of the monk the monk.

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Jeannine, United States

9 April 2013 at 4:00pm

I believe this is, as almost all were, political I am looking for the political menaing. Humpdy dumpty is political. Ring a round the Rosey is politic or more historical Jack and Jill is political

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Gloria, Kenya

18 August 2012 at 6:51am

Hello,this is sweet song,when i first heard it this is how i sung it.,I went to the animals fair,the beast the buffallo the hare a big baboon way up in june was combing his only hair.,the elephant sneezed,the hyena laughed...#lol#..fun to get the lyrics

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Lily Davis, United States

28 April 2012 at 1:51am

Nice susie,i love it=you.

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Susie, United States

22 February 2012 at 8:47pm

This is one of many fun songs that my siblings learned watching Captain Kangaroo many years ago.

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Bryn, Canada

19 January 2012 at 10:00am

My grandfather taught this song to me, but sang it like this: I went to the animal fair, the birds and the bees were there, a big baboon one night in june, was combing his auburn hair. The monkey said kerplunk, he fell on the elephants trunk. The elephant sneezed, went down on his knees, and that was the end of the monk, the monk, the monk. Nice to know theres so many different versions!

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Jennifer Bruce, United Kingdom

20 September 2011 at 8:10pm

Hilarious song lol :-)

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Kathleen, United States

1 September 2011 at 11:58pm

My family went to our local and county and state Fairs for years! Our Dad would sing this song on our trip there. Pretty much the same version

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Gregory, Canada

29 July 2011 at 5:29am

My grandfather used to sing me this song when I was very young ;more than 50 years ago. He learned it when he was young (his year of birth was 1891). Grandad's version went like this: 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 got drunk and fell over the elephant's trunk. The elephant sneezed and fell to his knees and that was the end of the monk, the monk, the monk. (you had to say it 3 times)

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Kayla, United States

21 July 2011 at 1:01pm

I never heard of this song untill a like page on facebook shared it.

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Greg, United States

31 May 2011 at 3:05am

My grandmother used to sing it to me like this: I went to the animal fair, the birds and beasts were there, by the light of the moon, the old racoon, was combing his auburn hair. The monkey went kerplunk, fell over the elephant's trunk, the elephant sneezed, fell down on his knees, and what became of the monk?

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Elliott, United States

23 January 2011 at 11:56pm

The version I learned as a kid was the same as the 'original' except the baboon had silvery hair and there were no drunk monkeys. I mean seriously - most baboons are gray, right?

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Matt, United Kingdom

18 November 2010 at 7:03pm

i love this song i used to sing: i went to the animal fair the birds and the bees were there the big baboon by the light of the moon was combing his golden hair the monkey fell out of his bunk and slid down the elephants trunk the elephant sneezed and fell to his knees and that was the end of the monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey

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Zaneta, Dayton,oh Usa

26 August 2010 at 9:00pm

my mom sang it different then all I have seen: I went to the animal fair, The fox and the geese were there, The big raccoon by the light of the moon Was combing her auburn hair. The funniest was the monk, Who sat on the elephant's trunk; The elephant sneezed and fell to his knees, And what became of the monk! The monk! The monk!

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Gloria, Auistarila

10 July 2010 at 6:29am

not cool

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Deb, Bath N.y.

8 June 2010 at 11:38pm

a friend and i was singing this at work today and couldn't remember all the words.it's a cute-fun song.

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Alisha, England

21 May 2010 at 9:23pm

i like so much i hope you do ?

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Bill, Valparaiso Fl. Usa

14 March 2010 at 5:34pm

I remember "you ought to have seen the Monk he jumped on the elephants trunk. The elephant sneezed and fell on his knees and what became of the monk?

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