“The Monkey and the Elephant”


"The monkey and the elephant were riding on a rail, The elephant said, 'Oh, monkey, you look so doggone frail.'" Other animals also fight. So do the singer's Mom and Dad. The singer discusses his history of courting. Many verses float


The number of floating lines in this song is high: "If I had a scolding wife," "I went to see Miss Annie, I'll never go no more, Her shoes and stockin's in her hand," and references to courting Cindy. Other portions feel adapted from traditional song. My suspicion is that this is a rewrite by John Daniel Vass of an assortment of traditional songs. Vass gave his treatment to several other songs, producing items which are long, invertebrate -- and, to my mind, not really very good when considered as a whole. - RBW


  1. Shellans, pp. 48-49, "The Monkey and the Elephant" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7330
  3. BI, Shel048


Author: probably adapted by John Daniel Vass
Earliest date: 1960 (recorded by Shellans from John Daniel Vass)
Found in: US(SE)