Monkey and Chimp (Abba dabba dabba)

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Way down in the congo land sitting in a coconut tree,
there was a monkey and a chimp--and Lordy how she loved him.
Everynight in the pale moonlight sitting in the coconut tree,
these love words she always said to he. .

"Abba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba"
said the monkey to the chimp.
"Abba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba"
said the chimpee to the monk.
All night long they chattered away.
All day long they were happy and gay,
swinging and swaying in a honky, tonky way.

"Abba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba"
said the chimp, "I love but you".
Abba dabba dabba in monkey talk means
"Chimp, I love you too".
Then the ol' baboon, one night in June,
married them and very soon,
they sailed away on an abba dabba honeymoon.

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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. .

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Sam, Central Texas

28 April 2015 at 10:03pm

I'm a 80 something years old grandfather, with two beautiful grand daughters, that liked very much going to the movies when I was a student at the high school in another country. We used to go to the nearest cinema after school day in the same neighborhood, watching three different pictures and eating our lunch and sometimes our next meal of the day watching pictures. Right now that my little family can understand me singing I like to remember lyrics of old songs on pictures that are not available anymore at the stores.

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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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