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Lyrics by: Chuck Berry
# Debut Chart
83 Nov '58 Hot 100


It was in ancient history Four thousand B.C. Back up in the jungle In a coconut tree Hanging on a branch Up under the sun Was a meddlesome monkey Named Jo Jo Gunne Old Leo the lion Came down from the mountain To get a drink of water From the jungle fountain Jo Jo the monkey Started telling the lie About a elephant who was Gonna skin the lion Leo tried to reach And grab Jo Jo's tail Got mad and went roaring Through the jungle trail He ran upon an elephant Beneath a tree And said, put up your dukes You gotta tussle with me An old eagle from Asia Made a non stop flight Trying to make it in time Just to see them fight A crocodile phoned And reversed the charge Coming all the way from India upon a local barge

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Ole gorilla heard em Talking in the lion's den But Jo Jo bet him three bucks The elephant wins Jo Jo yelled at Leo Go on, knock him down He don't outweigh you But a thousand pounds Leo led wailing With a left upper cut The elephant took his snoot And grabbed a coconut Leo fired a beautiful Short right cross That's when the coconut Landed up against his jaw Leo grew tired But he wouldn't give in The elephant all loose Beat his jawbone in The buzzard said They fought furious all day He couldn't understand How Leo got away Jo Jo running everywhere Spreading the news To the zebras and the Leopards and the kangaroos A hoot owl reported Everything he saw Had his eyes wide open They called it a draw Leo limping back With his jawbone bruised Jo Jo in the trees Started singing the blues Laughing, meddling Jumping up and down Till his foot missed a limb And he fell to the ground Just like a bolt of thunder And a streak of heat Leo covered Jo Jo With all four feet Jo Jo was screaming With tears in his eyes Said, please, mister Leo I apologize Said, if you let my feet Upon solid ground I'll fight you close range Fifteen rounds Leo got back Squaring off to fight Jo Jo took a leap and Jumped out of sight


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