I WISH THAT I'D BEEN BORN IN BORNEO

by Donaldson
as sung by Frank Crumit, and Eddie Cantor



A friend of mine
Had some fine
Photographs he took.
He kept them in a book,
And let me have a look.
They were scenes 
of some queens
Down in Borneo
First I glanced
Then I danced 
Then I hollered, "Oh!"
I wish that I'd been born in Borneo
If half those photographs are really so.
Say, can you picture me
Beneath a pepper tree?
I'd be so peppery
Among those wild women!
There's very little clothing worn-e-o
And no tight shoes to hurt your corn-e-o.
Give a girl a ring down there, when you propose;
She will take your ring and wear it-- through her nose!
I've been waiting half my life I know;
How I wish that I'd been born in Borneo!

This friend of mine
Showed his fine
Pictures to my dad.
Daddy wore a smile
For the longest while.
He showed a few
Pictures to
Dear old Uncle Joyce-- 
Uncle blinked, then he winked,
Then he hollered, "Joy, Joy!"
I wish that I'd been born in Borneo
If what those photos show is really so.
Say, can you picture me
Beneath a rubber tree?
What a rubber-neck I'd be
With all those WILD WOMEN!
There's very little clothing worn-e-o
And no tight shoes to hurt your corn-e-o.
"Ho gee, Oh gee", that's they're talk, and always was.
It means something, but it don't mean what you think it does.
I've been wasting half my life I know,
I wish that I'd been born in Borneo!

You should see the way they dress for Sunday school!
You would think that they just got out of the swimming pool!
I've wasted half my life
With modern strife
It seems.
I flee to Borneo in all my dreams.
Instead of being born in Kokomo
How I wish to the Lord I'd been born in Borneo!


Note: The protaganist's longing for a chance to abandon tight shoes, take up minimal clothing, and associate with wild women with rings in their noses, brings up the possibility that his sense of displacement was chronological rather than geographic. Possibly he could have found a sub-culture to his satisfaction in late 20th century USA.

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