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"I Wan’na Be Like You" is a song sung by King Louie, Baloo and Mowgli from Walt Disney's 1967 film, The Jungle Book. The song was sung by Louis Prima and written by songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman.

King Louie performs the number in an attempt to share his plight with Mowgli, while simultaneously convincing the man-cub to help him become a man. At one point of the song, Baloo performs a scat duet with Louie. The scat lyrics, as said by Richard Sherman, are meaningless, having been completely ad-libbed by Prima and Harris; albeit during separate recording sessions.

Lyrics

King Louie: Now I'm the king of the swingers, hooo--
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, ooh-bee-doo, (Oop-dee-wee)
I wanna be like you-hu-hu (Hop-dee-doo-bee-do-bow)
I wanna walk like you (Cheep)
Talk like you (Cheep)
To-o-oo! (Wee-bee-dee-bee-dee-boo)
You'll see it's tru-u-ue (Shoo-be-dee-doo)
An ape like me-e-e (Scooby-doo-bee-doo-bee)
Can learn to be
Hu-u-uman
To-o-oo!

(Instrumental Bridge)

Now don't try to kid me, mancub
I made 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!

(Instrumental Bridge)

Baloo: HEY!
De-zop-ba-ronie
Hap-da-dee-ba-lat
Da-dat-dat-non
Hey, a-baby-dot-doo
Zaba-doo-doo-day-doo-bop
Doo-boo-doo-day, ze-bonz
Za-bop-bop-bobby

King Louie: Za-bah-doo-dee!
Baloo: Well, a-ree-bah-naza
King Louie: He-beh-do-beh-doy
Baloo: Well, a-lah-bah-zini
King Louie: Wadahlabat-boodalabat
Baloo: Seebahlalat-dodie
King Louie: Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Baloo: Well, a-ha ha ha ha
King Louie: Rrrrahr-rrrahr!
Baloo: Gettin' mad, baby!
Monkey: Hall-owallo-a-la la
Baloo: Mahata alottado
Monkey: Hodolata-deetle-do
Baloo: Do-zootle-dot-dot-dot-dot-dot
King Louie Gingle do doot do do do doot
Baloo: Zeep-i-doo-da hab a daah

Louie and Baloo (variously):
You hoo hoo! (Oop-dee-wee)
I wanna be like you-u-u! (Hop-dee-doo-bee-do-bow)
I wanna walk like you! (Cheep)
Talk like you (Cheep)
To-o-oo! (Wee-bee-dee-bee-dee-boo)
You'll see it's tru-u-ue! (Shoo-be-dee-doo)
Someone like me-e-e (Scooby-doo-bee-doo-bee)

Flunkey:
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like me

Louie and Baloo (variously):
(Take me home, daddy!)
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like you
(One more time!)

Baloo: Yeah!
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like me-e!
Cee-de-do-bop-bop
Bada-doodle
Dot-andot-andot-andot-andot...
(Man...)

Welcome to my jungle
I'm King Lou
You want to dance with me
Can you dance with me

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,
An ape like me,
Can learn to be human too.

Now don't try to kid me, mancub,
I made 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,
An ape like me,
Can learn to be human too
Can you dance with me

Can You Walk like Me
Can You Talk like Me, ha ha
Can You Walk like Me
baby Can You Talk like Me, ow
Can You Walk like Me
Can You Talk like Me, ow
walk like, talk like
walk like, talk like me
Can you dance with me

Oh, oobee doo,
I wanna be like you,
I wanna walk like you,
Talk like you, too!
You'll see it's true,
An ape like me,
Can learn to be human too
That's what I'm going do

Oh, oobee doo,
I wanna be like you,
I wanna walk like you,
Talk like you, too!
You'll see it's true,
An ape like me,
Can learn to be human too
Human too. ow
Ahh Ahh
Oh Ya

Now I'm the king of the swingers, whoa
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, ooh-bee-doo,
I wanna be like you-hu-hu
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you
To-o-oo!
You'll see it's tru-u-ue
Someone like me-e-e
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like you-hu-hu!

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, ooh-bee-doo,
I wanna be like you-hu-hu
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you
To-o-oo!
You'll see it's tru-u-ue
Someone like me-e-e
Can learn to be
Like someone
Like you-hu-hu!

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

So, oooh,
I wanna be like you-hu-hu
I wanna use that flame
Just the same
You can do it, too
Oh, how magnifiecus it would be
A Gigantopithecus 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!

Videos

Other versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
عاطف الشرقاوي & سامي مغاوري (Sami Meghawri & Atef ِAl Sharqawi) (1999 version) "نفسي أكون إنسان" "I Wanna Be A Human" Arabic
Booker Pittman & Alberto Perez (1968 version)
Márcio Simões & Mauro Ramos (2014 version)
"O Rei do Iê-Iê-Iê" "The King of Yeah-Yeah-Yeah" Brazilian Portuguese
Тодор Стефанов (Todor Stefanov) & Николай Петров (Nikolai Petrov) Bulgarian
Cantonese
? & Soběslav Sejk (1975 version)
? & Radan Rusev (1994 version)
Czech
Svend Asmussen & Freddy Albeck Danish
Willem Duyn & Coen Flink Dutch
Esko Toivonen & Reino Bäckman (1968 version)
Eeki Mantere & Pekka Lehtosaari (1993 version)
Finnish
José Bartel & Jean Stout "Être un homme comme vous" "Being a Man Like You" French
Klaus Havenstein & Edgar Ott German
Greek
עמי מנדלמן (Ami Mendelman) & דני ליטני (Danny Litani) Hebrew
Hindi
Gyula Bodrogi & László Csákányi "Egy ilyen majom embernek való" Hungarian
Kristján Kristjánsson & Egill Ólafsson Icelandic
Indonesian
Lorenzo Spadoni & Tony De Falco "Voglio essere come te" "I Want to be Like You" Italian
? & 千葉順二 (Junji Chiba) (1968 version)
石原慎一 (Shinichi Ishihara) & 鹿野由之 (Yoshiyuki Kano) (1994 version)
"君のようになりたい" (Kimi no Yō ni Naritai) "I'd like to be like you" Japanese
Korean
Flavio Farfán & Germán "Tin Tin" Valdés "Quiero Ser Como Tú" "I Wanna Be Like You" Latin American Spanish
? & 雷威遠 (Lei Wei-Yuan) Mandarin
Harald Heide-Steen Jr. & Paul Åge Johannessen Norwegian

Andrzej Arciszewski & Jan Prochyra (1968)

Piotr Fronczewski (2016)

"Człowiekiem chciałbym być" (1968)

"Gdybym jak ty być mógł" (2016)

"I would like to be a Man" (1968)

"If I could be Like You" (2016)

Polish
Pedro Malagueta & José Jorge Duarte "Quero Ser Como Tu" "I Wanna Be Like You" Portuguese
Ioan Gyuri Pascu & Alexandru Arșinel Romanian
Олег Анофриев (Oleg Anofriev) & Дмитрий Назаров (Dmitry Nazarov) Russian
Marián Labuda st. & Oldo Hlaváček Slovak
Leppe Sundevall & Rolf Bengtsson Swedish
Tamil

Telugu

? & กฤษณะ ศฤงคารนนท์ (Kritsana Saringkhannon) Thai
Turkish
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Disney Parks
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Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's BelieveDisney's WishesDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Festival of Family & FriendsIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsJourney into the Jungle BookLa Forêt de l'Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnSuper Duper Jumpin' Time
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Characters
Original: MowgliBalooBagheeraKing LouieShere KhanKaaColonel HathiWinifredHathi, Jr.Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzyAkelaRamaShantiRakshaWolf PupsWolf CouncilJungle PatrolFlunkeyBandar-log

Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui
Sequel: RanjanRanjan's fatherMessuaShanti's motherLucky
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Grey BrotherNathooKitty BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaibourneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyBuldeoTabaquiLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraBenny and ClydeNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainDholesWinifred's UncleMcCoyDictator TurtleWhitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry

Locations
JungleAncient RuinsMan VillageIndiaAsia
Episodes
Season One: "A Night in the Wasteland" • "How the Panther Lost His Roar / The Humans Must Be Crazy" • "Hathi Meets His Match / Buffaloed" • "Mondo Mungo / Bare Necessities" • "Who Wants to Be a Baboon?" • "Red Dogs" • "The Great Kaadini" • "Hulla Baloo / Shere Bliss" • "Treasure of the Middle Jungle" • "Feather Brains / Benny & Clyde" • "Splendor in the Mud" • "Trouble in the Jungle / Fool Me Once..." • "The Coming of the Wolves"

Season Two: "The Ape Who Would Be King" • "Trunks for the Memories / Kasaba Ball" • "Hathi's Makeover / Curse of the Magnificent Melon" • "The Five Bananas / Birthday Snake" • "Old Green Teeth / The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" • "Hair Ball / A Tail of Two Tails" • "Waiting for Baloo / Tree for Two" • "Nice Tiger / Sleepless in the Jungle"

Songs
Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" • "The Bare Necessities" • "I Wan'na Be Like You" • "Trust in Me" • "That's What Friends are For" • "My Own Home"

Deleted songs: "Brothers All" • "The Song of the Seeonee" • "Monkey See, Monkey Do" • "I Knew I Belonged to Her" • "In A Day's Work" • "The Mighty Hunters"
More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" • "Jungle Fever" • "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" • "It's a Kick"
Jungle Cubs: "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" • "Jungle Cub Love" • "Everything's Gonna Be Right with the World"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" • "Join the Ranks" • "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" • "A Mood for Food" • "We Are the Vultures" • "Run" • "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" • "W-I-L-D" • "Right Where I Belong"

See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare NecessitiesWho Framed Roger RabbitTaleSpinHouse of MouseDisney's Jungle Boogie