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I Wanna Be Like You

Song lyrics to I Wanna Be Like You, written by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman, performed in Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book

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 someone like me
Can learn to be like someone like you

Now don’t try to kid me, mancub
I’ll make a deal with you
What I desire is man’s red fire
To make my dream come true
Now, 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

Oh, oobee doo
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 you

Now you might think it’s ridiculous
That me, a gigantipithicus
Would ever dream I’d like to team
With the likes of you, mancub
But together, we’d have powers
All the jungle’s treasures, ours
I got desire, you got the fire
But the dream I dream takes two

So, ooh, I wanna be like you
I wanna use that flame just the same you can do
Oh, how magnificus it would be
A gigantipithicus like me
Could learn to do like you humans do
Can learn to be like someone like you
Can learn to be like someone like me


Songwriters: Richard M. Sherman / Robert B. Sherman
I Wan’na Be Like You lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company