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Lyrics by: Ray Stevens
# Debut Chart
17 Jun '63 Hot 100

Lyrics

Well, a strange thing happened the other night You won't believe it, but I swear it's true Harry the hairy ape made his escape from the city zoo & Under cover of darkness he made his way To the middle of the municipal park & He hid in the bushes & waited for somebody to come Walkin' along by hiself in the dark Then along come somebody not suspectin' nothin' Harry jump out of the bushes all of a sudden Beat on his chest Jump up & down & he say: Wooo-hoo-hee-hee-hoo-hoo... Which is Harry-Ape talk for Boo, I bet'cha I scared you, ha ha!


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Waaa! Scared that poor cat so bad his eyes bugged out, his hair turned white! He ran off through the municipal park, screamin', hollerin', diggin' up the lawn, Tearin' up the shrub & knock down the Keep off the grass sign, run through the Hurricane fence, fell into the municipal park swimming pool & drowned hiself! Woo Hoo! Well, Harry thought this was the funniest thing that he had ever seen & He laughed Ha ha, jumped back in the bushes & got ready to do it again The next guy to come along was the near-sighted local DJ Just boppin' down the sidewalk on his way to work with a box of records on his arm That he was gonna play So here he come, not suspectin' nothin' Harry jump out of the bushes all of a sudden Beat on his chest Jump up & down & he say: Wooo-hoo-hee-hee-hoo-hoo... Which is Harry-Ape talk for Smile, you're on candid camera! Man, that DJ was so near-sighted he thought Harry was a rock n' roll singer! So he gave him the old glad hand, smiled, slapped him on the back, sayin', Don't worry, baby, I'm gonna play the record 'cause you're too cool, too cool, too Cool! & he said bye, bopped on off down the sidewalk every 4 or 5 steps he'd stop & Turn around, Doin' a little boogaloo-shing-a-ling! Well, this really shook Harry up, I mean it blew his whole bit, you know, ruined his Whole day So he run back to his cage as fast as he can go, jump up on his little swing, Put both hands Over his eyes & didn't look for 3 hours & 45 minutes. But that's not the end of the Story Here's what happened: The DJ played Harry's record Shut up! It was a hit and he became a star Got him some tight britches, got him a manager Went on a promotion tour, combed his hair back & took up playin' the guitar & Every Sunday afternoon you can go see Harry at the zoo & The girls will scream & hell sit on his swing & pick & sing his hit record for you : Shoo-be-doo-wa-shoo-be-doo wa, shoo-be-doo wa-shoo-be-doo wa

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