Friday, April 27, 2012

Rockin' Friday: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Today is Arbor Day, so I wanted to come up with a Rockin’ Friday song that was about trees.  But I racked my brain and couldn’t think of any. So I chose one of the Little Dude’s absolute favorite songs which is about a jungle, because jungles are full of trees.  (I hope that’s close enough for you.)

This week’s tune is The Lion Sleeps Tonight, though you might know it as “Wimoweh”. Or as the song Ace Ventura and Monica Geller entertained a zoo-full of animals with. 

"Speaking of animals, what do you think of Cougar Town?"

It was originally recorded by a South African man in the late 1930s, and has been covered numerous times including originally in the US by folk music legend Pete Seeger and The Weavers. But the most famous recording was by The Tokens in 1961. That version incorporated the modern lyrics that we all know.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight was part of a major controversy over copyright violations after Disney used it in The Lion King, but a lawsuit was eventually settled with the family of the South African man regarded as the writer.  Seventy-five years after it was first recorded. I guess his descendants didn’t want to let sleeping dogs (or lions) lie. 

Can you think of any songs about trees? 


  1. Little Dude has such good taste, in pancakes and music! Looking forward to a guest post as soon as the kid learns to type.

  2. Excellent song choice. Once again I happen to have this song myself, which is going to go into my new playlist "Future Kid Music". So far it only will have three songs, but I have no doubt I'll be added to that list on most Fridays (depends on if I have that song or not to add at the moment).

    I also agree with the above comment about the guest post. I'm sure that day will be here before we know it.

    1. Thanks! There are many more great tunes in the pipeline for the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

  3. Great song! But as for other songs about, maybe...what's that old Joni Mitchell song? Paved Paradise? I have no idea, but that's the best I can come up with! :-)

    1. Great call, Emily. You are thinking of Joni's "Big Yellow Taxi".

      "They took all the trees
      Put 'em in a tree museum,
      And they charged the people
      A dollar and a half just to see 'em"

      Great song, and I really like the Counting Crows version of it, too.