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Donovan — Riki Tiki Tavi
Album: Open Road
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Released: 1970
Length: 2:54
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Better get into what you gotta get into
Better get into it now, no slacking please
United Nations ain't really united
And the organisations ain't really organised

Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Won't be coming around for to kill your snakes no more my love
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

(Every)body who read the Jungle Book knows that Riki tiki tavi's a
mongoose who kills snakes
(Well) when I was a young man I was led to believe there were organisations
to kill my snakes for me
(ie the) church ie the government ie the school
(but when I got a little older) I learned I had to kill them myself

(I said) Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Won't be coming around for to kill your snakes no more my love
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

People walk around they don't know what they're doing
They bin lost so long they don't know what they've been looking for
Well, I know what I'm a looking for but I just can't find it
I guess I gotta look inside of myself some more

oh oh oh inside of myself some more
oh oh oh inside of myself some more

Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone


I saw you today on a number twelve
bus you were going my way
my way
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We were taught Riki Tiki Tavi in English lessons by a South African English teacher with a thick SA accent.

This made me smile.
well…HERE’S a tune I would never listen to nor seek out were it not for RP.

Thanks, RP. You teach me tolerance and patience….two things I can’t stand to wait for!
it's like Donovan doing hip hop...
You had to have been there.
 cgrow wrote:

Rudyard Kipling wrote the original story of Riki Tiki Tavi. He was a sweet young mongoose who heroically saved a family from being killed by cobras.



yes yes yes. i remember the movie/cartoon very well. so great.
This is just so weird.
What a wonderful choice to play Bill; albeit this virus is deadly serious, we are still allowed to have fun, I hope 
 kylieh wrote:
Can't decide if I like it or find it totally annoying.
 

I generally like Bill’s choices and some of Donovan, but this is definitely “annoying” to me.
I always like the ending of this one... kinda wish he would have flowed into another song "Number 12 Bus".
Can't decide if I like it or find it totally annoying.
Held a mongoose in Bali.. Was really surprised how docile it was.  
 coloradojohn wrote:
Gotta love Donovan on RP!

 
This must be from his Death Metal period.
 cc_rider wrote:
Jay Leno called. He wants his chin back. Sorry, but that cover photo was just too much to resist. The tune is harmless enough. c.
 
Good one, although Donovan was born 4 years before J Leno.
Super tune
 scarletdancer wrote:

Cool, I loved that movie when I was a kid!{#Cheesygrin}

 
Me too, I loved that story.
Kipling rocks.
Gotta love Donovan on RP!
 peyotecoyote wrote:
Really don't care for this song much...but it did put an idea in my head for lunch...chicken tikki masala anyone? YUMMY!
 
I had a mongoose curry once.

The answer is no.
NOT a greatest hit. Donovan's other tracks are FAR better...
Visionary!
 ryuujin23 wrote:
Chuck Jones directed an animated version of Kipling's story in 1975. It was narrated by Orson Wells.

Riki Tiki Tavi part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CrEX4MxAzA
Riki Tiki Tavi part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPXSaFqxrWs
Riki Tiki Tavi part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seoKslUkDkE

Enjoy! {#Mrgreen}
 
Cool, I loved that movie when I was a kid!{#Cheesygrin}
 carpwall wrote:
Sounds like Jack White..
 
More like the opposite.  Donovan came first by quite a bit.  No doubt there's some influence there, although I think Jack White sounds more like Robert Plant.  Anyway, fun tune.  Always good to hear Donovan on RP.{#Daisy}
Chuck Jones directed an animated version of Kipling's story in 1975. It was narrated by Orson Wells.

Riki Tiki Tavi part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CrEX4MxAzA
Riki Tiki Tavi part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPXSaFqxrWs
Riki Tiki Tavi part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seoKslUkDkE

Enjoy! {#Mrgreen}

Sounds like Jack White..
my head hurts
peyotecoyote wrote:
Really don't care for this song much...but it did put an idea in my head for lunch...chicken tikki masala anyone? YUMMY!
Heyyyyy! That's what I had for lunch today.
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
i'm pretty sure the tale of riki tiki is older than me... so i'm sure the story came first (it was originally from india, if i'm not mistaken).
1894 - Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Books. W-a-a-a-y before!
cc_rider wrote:
Jay Leno called. He wants his chin back. Sorry, but that cover photo was just too much to resist. The tune is harmless enough. c.
Jay Leno called. He wants his chin back. Sorry, but that cover photo was just too much to resist. The tune is harmless enough. c.
Really don't care for this song much...but it did put an idea in my head for lunch...chicken tikki masala anyone? YUMMY!
Riki Tiki Tavi was way too dignified for this goofy-ass song - and what cartoon is everyone talking about? The only Riki Tiki I know of is from the Rudyard Kipling story...
I didn't know Donovan ever had enough hits to have a Greatest Hits album! This song is so bad that even orange sunshine wouldn't make it sound good!
The great thing about this song is that it makes everyone go into uncontrollable fits of singing "riki tiki tiki tiki tiki....." At least everyone in my office, anyway.
At first I thought this was "Little Green Bag" ... but it's something else.
Way Way back,(about 35 or more years ago)I had an album that was Riki Tiki as an audio book that had a read along. The read along dissapeared and the album became an inaudible book I loved that story
JokesandJokesandJokes wrote:
Donovan is the most eclectic man ever
Oh Yea! That he is an' all ways was!
This is some interesting sh*t.
zlsdad wrote:
I guess that makes anyone weird if tuned in to Radio Paradise.....which is fine with me.
I don't mind it either
What a fun song :D
MORE COWBELL!!!!!!
akaike wrote:
Any song that makes generous use of a cowbell is OK by me!
You should check out Goldfrapp
pdhski wrote:
i.e. he's a weirdo
I guess that makes anyone weird if tuned in to Radio Paradise.....which is fine with me.
Loved this cartoon. Funky tune.
Any song that makes generous use of a cowbell is OK by me!
Cool song, but sounds like he's saying "Riki Tiki TV" or "Tivi" rather than "Tavi".
i.e. The Church i.e. The Government i.e. School (Hey Bill, why doesn't the dancing emoticon work?) \:D/
JokesandJokesandJokes wrote:
Donovan is the most eclectic man ever
i.e. he's a weirdo
Donovan is the most eclectic man ever
Not sure of the originination but Riki Tiki Tavi was used by a character to nickname another character in G. B. Shaw's play "Man and Superman" 101 years ago.
Rudyard Kipling wrote the original story of Riki Tiki Tavi. He was a sweet young mongoose who heroically saved a family from being killed by cobras.
bigpomp wrote:
Riki Tiki Tavi was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. Anyone know which came first?
i'm pretty sure the tale of riki tiki is older than me... so i'm sure the story came first (it was originally from india, if i'm not mistaken).
Riki Tiki Tavi was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. Anyone know which came first?
Great Tune!!!
I think this was originally on an album called Open Roads, circa 1970-71. Great tune! Refreshing to hear it again. O-O-O-O-insida myself some more!
woohoo!!!!
catchy not too bad bill!!! DOnovan is pretty good I like the reggae feel.
I can't believe you dug this one up Bill. I thought I would be the only one that could remember this one. Thanks for the memories. This is the last 45 single I ever bought before I converted to 8- tracks . I still have the 45... no more 8-tracks.
Takes me back to my childhood when I craved little more than a catchy tune, and this filled the bill, it must have, I remember it so well ... except I wouldn't have remembered it again without it being played here! I remembered the "i.e., the church/i.e., the government/i.e., school" as being something John Lennon sang. Man, this is it. This is it. No rehearsal, this; aliveness is present. The experience of being alive transforms life itself.
I'm digging this!