“The Monkey and the Baboon”


"The monkey and the baboon playing seven-up The monkey won the money And was scared to pick it up." "The monkey and the baboon Running a race. The monkey fell down And skint his face." "The monkey... climbed a tree... threw a cocoanut..."


The stanza about X and Y playing seven-up of course occurs with many protagonists (white man and black, David and Goliath, Adam and Eve); one wonders a little if its use here is not some sort of allegory. - RBW


  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 180, "The Monkey and the Baboon" (1 text)
  2. BI, ScaNF180


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Found in: US(So)