I Wanna Be Like You, also known as The Monkey Song, is King Louie's (Louie Prima, featuring Baloo/ Phil Harris) song which he dreams to become human in order to protect himself from Shere Khan. The song was written by The Sherman Brothers who wrote most songs for The Jungle Book. The song was covered by the group Smash Mouth for The Jungle Book 2. In 2007, The Jonas Brothers covered the song.


Now I'm the king of the swingers,

Oh, the jungle VIP,

I've reached the top and had to stop,

And that's what botherin' me.

I wanna be a man, mancub,

And stroll right into town,

And be just like the other men,

I'm tired of monkeyin' around!

Oh, oobee doo,

I wanna be like you,

I wanna walk like you,

Talk like you, too!

You'll see it's true,

An ape like me,

Can learn to be human too.

Gee, cousin Louie,

You're doin' real good.

Now here's your part of the deal, cous,

Lay the secret on me of man's red fire.

But I don't know how to make fire!

Now don't try to kid me, mancub,

I made a deal with you.

What I desire is man's red fire,

To make my dream come true!

Give me the secret, mancub,

Come on,

Clue me what to do,

give me the power of man's red flower,

So I can be like you!


I wanna be like you!

I wanna walk like you!

Talk like you, too!

You'll see it's true!

Someone like me,

Can learn to be,

Like someone like me,

(take me home daddy!)

Can learn to be,

Like someone like you,

(one more time!)

Yeah, can learn to be,

Like someone like me!

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