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from the "she never ceases to amuse me" dept.
March 30th, 2003 by wrekehavoc

before i ever had any children, i bought the book At The Zoo, with lyrics from the famous simon and garfunkel song which i adore. i knew that one day, there would be a little person who would enjoy it right along side me.

and now, most nights, she asks for that book. of course, now, she knows the lyrics by heart. there is something extremely funny (and disturbing) about a 4-year-old who sings:
“zebras are reactionaries/antelopes are missionaries/pigeons plot in secrecy/and hamsters turn on frequently.”

fortunately, when she sings “the zookeeper is very fond of rum,” she thinks that rum is the name of the beaver on the page.

At The Zoo
Simon & Garfunkel

Someone told me
It’s all happening at the zoo.
I do believe it,
I do believe it’s true.

It’s a light and tumble journey
From the East Side to the park;
Just a fine and fancy ramble
To the zoo.

But you can take the crosstown bus
If it’s raining or it’s cold,
And the animals will love it
If you do.

Somethin’ tells me
It’s all happening at the zoo.
I do believe it,
I do believe it’s true.

The monkeys stand for honesty,
Giraffes are insincere,
And the elephants are kindly but
They’re dumb.
Orangutans are skeptical
Of changes in their cages,
And the zookeeper is very fond of rum.

Zebras are reactionaries,
Antelopes are missionaries,
Pigeons plot in secrecy,
And hamsters turn on frequently.
What a gas! You gotta come and see
At the zoo.


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