Aba Daba Honeymoon


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Aba Daba Honeymoon

by Arthur Fields 1914 Hear Collins and Harlan sing on a 1914 recording from the Collected Works of Collins and Harlan Part 3 at archive.org Hear the Fabulous Heftones sing their 2004 version from their Moon June Spoon album. View original 1914 sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse 1] Bm F# Bm 'Way -- down in the Jungle land Lived a happy chimpanzee, A E A F# She loved a monkey -- with a long tail -- mighty, how she loved him Bm F# Bm Each -- night he would find her there -- Swinging in the coconut tree, And the A E7 A7 monkey gay, at the break of day, Loved to hear the Chim -pie say: [Chorus 1] D Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the Chimpie to the Monk, D A7 Baba, daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the Monkey to the Chimp. A7 D All night long they'd chatter away, All day long they were happy and gay, E7 A7 Swinging - and singing - in their honky, tonkey way. D Aba daba daba, daba daba daba dab means Monk I love but you F#7 Bm F#7 Bm Baba daba dab in monkey talk means Chimp I love you too Then the G D big baboon, one night in June, He married them, and very soon They E7 A7 D went upon their aba daba honeymoon. [Verse 2] Bm F# Bm You -- should have heard that band -- playing on their wedding day A E A F# Each -- chimp and monkey -- had a nut shell -- mighty how they played 'em Bm F# Bm And now it is every night -- high-up-in-the cocanut tree A E7 A7 Its the same old thing with the same old swing when the monk and chimpee say [Chorus 2] D Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the Chimpie to the Monk, D A7 Baba, daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the Monkey to the Chimp. A7 D All night long they'd chatter away, All day long they were happy and gay, E7 A7 Swinging - and singing - in their honky, tonkey way. D Aba daba daba, daba daba daba dab means Monk I love but you F#7 Bm F#7 Bm Baba daba dab in monkey talk means Chimp I love you too G D they were made hus-band and wife now they cry this is the life -- since they E7 A7 D came back from their aba daba honeymoon.