Monkey and Chimp (Abba dabba dabba)

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Information About Monkey and Chimp (Abba dabba dabba)

Aba Daba Honeymoon, or Abba Dabba Dabba, also known as the Monkey and Chimp song, was published in 1914 by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan. It was first recorded that same year by Collins and Harlan, although it really became famous when recorded by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter in 1950.

This rendition reached #3 on the Billboard Magazine chart the next year. It has been recorded a few times since and was featured in two movies, Two Weeks With Love and Have Rocket Will Travel. The tune was alsoused in Fritos commercials during the '70s and '80s.

The song can attribute its longevity to its catchy tune, and also the lyrics. Having a monkey and chimp talk to each other, fall in love and become married by a "big baboon,' followed by their honeymoon, most certainly appeals to children.

Free copies of sheet music are available on the web including one with cords for the ukulele. More about the Aba Daba Honeymoon can be found on Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

An alternative to the first verse of the song

Way down in the Congo land lived a happy chimpanzee
She loved a monkey with a long tail, Lordy how she loved him!
Each night you could find them there, sitting in the coconut tree.
And the monkeys say, by the break of day, you could hear the chimpee say. .

Listen to this song's music


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Ron, Missouri City, Texas

7 February 2015 at 6:57am

This song is very dear to me and I'm grateful to find it online. My dad sang it to me often as a young child. My parents divorced in 1963 when I was 6 years old and I never saw my dad again due to his alcoholism. He died several years later and it was only the beginning of a very painful childhood. I loved my dad and cherish this song as one of the few special memories that I have of him. Thank you for sharing this great American classic. I plan to sing it with my young grandchildren with the same enthusiasm that my dad did decades ago.

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Janet, United States

24 February 2014 at 8:42am

My sister and I sang this song to her three year old grandson one day when we were together. I asked my sister, who is 14 months older than I, if she remember the Abba Dadda Dabba song, and we started singing. Her Grandson thought it was very funny. We too forgot a lot of the words so it's great to get them again!! Thank you.

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Carole, United States

24 December 2012 at 4:43am

This song popped into my head today for some reason. My 4 year old granddaughter was in the back seat of the car and laughed and laughed. She also requested that I sing it again and again and again. Switched to chickery chick just for a change. A special day for this old girl.

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Carl, United States

5 November 2012 at 8:48pm

I saw Debbie Reynolds and Carlton Carpenter sing this on the stage of the Chicago Theater; the movie we saw that day was "Guys and Dolls" and tho niether of these two stars were in that movie, their recording of this song was on the "Hit Parade"; it was a memorable show. This must have been in the late l940s, perhaps early 1950s. Before a movie, then, there would be a stage show with Big Band, pop singers and dancers. Going to the movies today isn't as much fun! You really got your money's worth in those days!

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Jackie, United States

6 October 2012 at 1:34pm

Yes, Just like everyone else here, this song does bring back Wonderful Memories of the 50's and my Wonderful Childhood. I to as a Small little girl had my Dear Mother sing this all the time to me. I just found your site and do Appreciate finding out all the Words to it. All I could Remember also was the Chorus....Someone else said on here that they were just sitting in their chair and this song just Popped up in their Mind...Well, you are not alone....It happen to me also...Also my Mother would sing to me the Beautiful song " The Tennessee Waltz " by Patti Page...You can listen and download this song on MP3Bear ..they have a playlist that you can make of songs you want...It is a Safe Site....Mcafee Approved...

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Heather, Australia

25 May 2012 at 5:40am

I have been singing this at work with another 60ish work mate. I wanted to know all the words so that I can sing it to my grandson. How lovely to remember a song that is fun and bouncy. I don't know who is going to have the most fun. My grandson or me. Another oldie but goodie is "Tell Me A Story" Go the grey army to not let these songs be forgotten!

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Mary Ann, Canada

21 April 2012 at 7:08pm

My little 6 month old grandson and his mother were visiting us last week and he has a little jumper seat that plays different songs. Everytime this started to play I would sing it but couldn't remember the words. Remember this song from when I was small. It kept playing over and over in my head and I am glad I finally found the words. I haven't sent them to my daughter so she can now sing them to her son.

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Tom, United States

11 February 2012 at 1:59pm

My Grandfather was from Scotland and he sang this song to us when we were kids back in the 1940's and then sang it also to my Daughter when she was little. With His Scottish accent it was the Greatest. I miss him and the way he used to sing it. I sing it to my Grandkids now. They say I am silly but they Love it.

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Jennifer, United States

19 January 2012 at 8:10pm

My father used to sing this to me when I was little. I have had so many variations of it running through my head for the last 35 years, it's really great to finally find the lyrics!

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Jill, United States

12 December 2011 at 12:06am

My mom would sing this to me while she gave me a bath as a little girl. I remembered how the chorus went, but didn't realize there was actually other parts of the song! It was sad when I grew up and started bathing on my own that I no longer had my mom to sing this to me. I now have a 1 yr old and tonight is bath night... I will be singing this to her as i scrub her hair, just like my mom did to me! So glad it was on here so I can learn the whole song :)

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Drake, United States

5 August 2011 at 5:37pm

I had this 45! I think it was by Debby Reynolds!

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Al C., United States

25 July 2011 at 4:58pm

My wife has been singing this to our gandchildren, and they sing along. Now they'll know all the lyrics. My mother sang this song to us back in the 1950's.

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Heidi Christensen, United States

6 April 2011 at 1:29am

I heard this as a child - think my Dad sang it to me or Mom, and for some reason, when I was sitting at my computer desk with my kitty boy in my lap it came to me. I just love it. OH and I remember, many years ago, I was singing it (just came into my head) at the toy store I worked at and the manager gave me a surprised look and sang it with me. AH the memories it brings back!

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Leopold, Congo

1 April 2011 at 5:40pm

Who could possibly consider a simian worthy of the noblest human sentiment?

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Norma, United States

15 March 2011 at 3:38am

My daughter called tonight and asked if I remembered singing a song to her and her sisters years ago about a monkey and a chimp. She was hearing it being played over the music system where she works. I right away started singing it and remembering my girls childhood. Of course she had her phone on speaker so anyone near by could hear me singing. Oh, memories!

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Wei, China

25 January 2011 at 12:45pm

hi!i i am a englishi teacher in China. i just love this song !i know i don't konw this song's background , but i really want 2 know !hope you can tell me about this song! [email protected] thanks !

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Greg, United States

21 January 2011 at 9:24pm

I was typing nonsense because I just needed some content to fill a container, when this song came to me from my past. Last time I heard it had to be in the early fifties. My mother would sing it in the car when we were taking the long trip to grandma's. Funny how a phrase learned by rote through countless repetitions morphs from a bit of make believe into an imagined truth. Like the republicans' family values.

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Ray, United States

28 November 2010 at 10:43pm

Thanks so much for the words to this song. For some reason it was going around in my mind today and I had to look it up to prove to my wife it was a real song.

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Susan, United States

18 October 2010 at 2:39am

Yea, I found this song for my sister to sing to her grandkids. None of us could remember all the words to the song we all sang as kids.

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Carmen, South Texas

6 September 2010 at 3:00pm

I love this song, my grandmother used to sing it to me as a child, and I could remember the lyrics to send to my son. I am so happy to have found it, brings back pleasant memories!

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