Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree.
Discussing things as they’re said to be.
Said one to the others, “Now listen, you two
There’s a certain rumor that can’t be true,
That man descended from our noble race.
That very idea is a disgrace.
No monkey ever deserted his wife
Starved her babies or ruined her life,
And another thing you will never see:
A monkey build a fence around a coconut tree
And let the cocoanuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monkeys to taste.
If I put a fence around this tree
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
Here’s another thing a monk won’t do,
Go out at night and get on a stew,
And use a gun or club or knife
To take some other monkey’s life
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss –
But, brother, he didn’t descend from us.