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Banana Land


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J.A.Stewart

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Kong Is Koming!

Inspired by the reports of Peter Jackson's new version of the classic movie, I’ve created this tribute to my favorite giant simian, King Kong.

It’s called “Banana Land” and it’s like nothing I’ve ever done before (and probably won’t dare do again).
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Lyrics
Banana Land
©2005 By J.A. Stewart
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Performed By Joe Hollywood

Intro…

Verse 1:
They say King Kong got bored one day and so he took a stroll…
To a legendary secret place, beyond the Great Atoll.

A friendly stranger told the tale, of this island run by beasts... where
Gorillas, monkeys, apes and chimps played in harmony and peace.

Where no one ever judged you, by your color, size, or shape...
No, in that land there’s no pecking order, for gorilla, chimp, monk, or ape.
(You know what I’m sayin’?)

Chorus:

He just hopes for the chance — to do all the things that he can —
— Now, surely he’ll get it — Here, in BananaLand ---------

Verse 2:
As Kong walked across the water, he imagined how it’d be...
To live somewhere he could be himself, without no enemies.

He finally reached a golden shore and walked along the sand...
Until he spied some spider monkeys and an old Orangutan.

The old one first approached him, spoke a tongue he’d understand...
She said: “Welcome, friend... to journey’s end... You’ve found BananaLand.”

Verse 3:
Kong stayed and made a home there and joined the community...
He did his part, creating works of art that hung on ev’ry tree.

Some really liked his paintings and praised the things he drew...
but others just saw what they chose to see and ignored another point of view.

This made old Kong unhappy, and so one afternoon...
To ease the pain and frustration, he got jiggy with a blonde baboon.
(You know what I’m sayin’?)

Chorus…

Verse 4:
The romance was a brief one, as you might easily have guessed...
It left the poor blonde crushed and limp, quite thoroughly depressed

Poor Kong, he didn’t mean to... They saw him shed a tear...
But it really don’t matter, ‘cause now they run and scatter, ev’ry time
when he walks near.

Chorus & Fade…
Song Stats
Hits: 8029
Comments: 38
Fans: 18
Plays: 1852
Downloads: 324

Uploaded: May 24, 2005 - 08:51:34 AM
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2009 - 08:41:04 AM Last Played: Apr 23, 2019 - 07:27:33 PM
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Hardware:
G4 iMac 800 MHz, M-Audio Mobile-Pre
Software:
GarageBand; Mastered in T-RackS
Comments
alexxx101 said 5146 days ago (May 24th, 2005)
good song
i liked the song very much. very original. those synths are a true 80's tribute!
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J.A.Stewart said 5145 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
good song
Thanks! I started off with those synths in the 70s and moved 'em up into the
80s. :)
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rovert10 said 5146 days ago (May 24th, 2005)
Epic
This is great, a lot of work has gone into this beast.
Excellent in every respect. 8s DL
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J.A.Stewart said 5145 days ago (May 25th, 2005)
Epic
I'm glad you liked it. I just hope Kong does, as well. That big ape is a
mean drunk when he's pissed. :D
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Pie said 5144 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
hints of..
Zappa :-) Cool tune.
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J.A.Stewart said 5144 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
hints of Zappa...
Thanks...

"High" praise, indeed.

Maybe now I can get Flo & Eddie to do my backup vocals. :D
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SlimGirlFat said 5144 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
Very Pro
mix here. Love the fx sounds at the beginning to set the
scene!.
Great original lyrics and I like the vocal delivery. Great
harmonies.
Cool track.

SlimGirlFat

J.A.Stewart said 5144 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
Very Pro Mix
Thanks for your feedback.

I've always loved the idea of using SFX in music. This tune seemed like the
perfect opportunity to try some.
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TobinMueller said 5144 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
Ray Stevens of the Jungle
Ray Stevens with Zappa harmonies. Very fun lyrics,
especially "left the poor blonde crushed and limp, quite
thoroughly depressed." Very sweet mix on the vocals, rich
and embracing. Fun, hip and entertaining.
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J.A.Stewart said 5144 days ago (May 26th, 2005)
Ray Stevens of the Jungle
Excellent ear! my friend.

Ray Stevens was in the back of my mind when I wrote Banana Land and
Zappa's unusual, sometimes unlikely harmonies played a part, as well.

Thanks for listening and for the feedback.
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
said 5143 days ago (May 27th, 2005)
this music is valuable
thanks for sharing

J.A.Stewart said 5142 days ago (May 28th, 2005)
this music is valuable
Thanks for listening.

I'm glad you find Banana Land a"peel"ing. ;-)
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Mystified said 5140 days ago (May 30th, 2005)
Nice...
I like the whimsy of the lyrics, excellent voice and
production on this piece. Just excellent all the way
around!

Thanks for sharing your music here :)


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Magritte said 5134 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Send this to Peter Jackson!
He'd love it. He'd have to. Great crazy sound you have here. Your storytelling voice is so charismatic! I love how you just go all out. This is going to be in my head all night.
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Magritte said 5134 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
"Kong is coming..."
On a second listen, I wonder...would you consider "overproducing" the "Kong is coming" part? Like deeper, with more of an echo...just more extreme in some way? Jungle-shattering, you know.
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J.A.Stewart said 5134 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Send this to Peter Jackson!
Thanks, Magritte.

I actually thought about sending the link to the fan site, but never considered
sending it to PJ, himself. (Do you have his email adress?) ;-)

This version was never meant to be the final one. It was mixed on a boombox
and/or headphones. I had all my studio stuff packed for a move. You're
absolutely right, though — tweaking and beefing up the "Kong Is Coming"
line is on the agenda.

I'm glad you got a kick out of Banana Land. Sweet dreams.
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
said 5056 days ago (August 22nd, 2005)
monkey rock
Hey Joe,
this is a really fun tune with nice old
school synth sounds.
Great words and vocals, like the "muffled"
sounding guitar licks.
Cool Banana.

Cheers
J.A.Stewart said 4864 days ago (March 2nd, 2006)
monkey rock
Hey, Kat...

Sorry I'm tardy on this reply, it somehow managed to slip in under the radar.

Glad you liked it. It was meant to be fun. Thanks for listening and commenting.

---
Hollywood 'Ape-Peel': <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/10304">Banana Land</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Macaudion said 4864 days ago (March 2nd, 2006)
You are, "The Gruv Dude"...
Man, you are very creative soul - This shouldn't surpise me, since are
quite the word-smith... You're rappin dude. No denying that... And
very well done, I might add.

Dude, we gotta make some money off of you. Your talents are too phat
to be on hiatus from a commercial market.

All of your productions are very polished. (certainly, you've heard all of
this before) Everything about this is 'right on'. i like the 'big monkey'
shout in this... Very cool.

I'm glad to know ya mister, and somewhat proud. Thanks for sharing -

Later Gruv Dude - Dion
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J.A.Stewart said 4864 days ago (March 2nd, 2006)
You are, "The Gruv Dude"...
*Gruv Dude*? *Rappin Dude*?

My son should get a kick out of these titles. He sort of rolled his eyes when
he first heard this tune, although he did eventually warm up to it. (He
wants to rearrange ALL my tunes to be hip-hop numbers.)
;-)

Thanks for all your kind comments, Dion. Making some extra money from all
this would be nice, but at this stage of my life it would only be gravy. Making
music is my refuge. I much prefer it as a hobby than as a career.

When I first started playing in bands, I could throw all my equipment in the
trunk of my car; by the end of my music career, we were talking
about 18-wheelers. Those accommodations are somewhat symptomatic of
the broader demands of such a professional career. It was a lot of fun when I
was younger, but no longer has the same appeal. ;)

---
Hollywood 'Ape-Peel': Banana Land
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Monkaton said 4847 days ago (March 19th, 2006)
This song has a lot of appeal
The rhythm guitar is especially good. Your vocals and lyrics remind me
of Frank Zappa others have mentioned.

Good job, for a homo sapien.
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J.A.Stewart said 4846 days ago (March 20th, 2006)
This song has a lot of appeal
Thanks. All Zappa comparisons are kindly accepted with relish... and mustard.

---
Hollywood 'Ape-Peel': <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/10304">Banana Land</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
DJ_Veit said 4782 days ago (May 23rd, 2006)
im not high
dont like it
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J.A.Stewart said 4776 days ago (May 29th, 2006)
im not high
I'm not sure what not being high has to do with anything, but oh well.

---
'Gone' Hollywood: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/artist/j.a.stewart">J.A. Stewart Music</a>
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said 4229 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
Wow!
So awesome, Joe! I love the different layers of sound you have going on here. That jungle drum that keeps the steady beat keeps it all together when the other sounds are all over the place. Perfect!
J.A.Stewart said 4229 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
Re: Wow!
Thanks, Marcus.

I'm glad you enjoyed the trip to Banana Land. Yes, when you *peel* back all the layers, the big jungle drum is there holding all the musical and sonic anarchy together. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
HenriROGERsoloandbands said 4043 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Do it again

Great production , mix ,and vocals .
It's also very funny .
Please more like this :-)
J.A.Stewart said 4043 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Re: Do It Again...
Thanks, Henri. I'm glad you liked it.

More like this? I don't know. I sort of stepped out of my element on this one. But, perhaps a... Banana Land Part II someday when I feel like... monkeying around. ;)


--- Joe

Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Jarvoid said 4014 days ago (June 29th, 2008)
Delightfully crazy
hip hoppity hip hop meets George of the Jungle and other stuff like that...Phil Collins comes to mind ...cool and wacky.........Jarvoid
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J.A.Stewart said 4014 days ago (June 29th, 2008)
Re: Delightfully crazy...
Haha, thanks, Chris. Ironically, to friends who have, over the years opined that I might be a little bit crazy, I reply, "No, I'm just delightfully eccentric."

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)

My son, who performed some rap and hip-hop during his teen years, was always after me to re-arrange some of my old tunes as hip-hop pieces. This was my tongue-in-cheek response to his nudgings. He rolled his eyes when he first heard it, but has grown to like it a lot. ;)


--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Jarvoid said 4014 days ago (June 29th, 2008)
Eyup ,tell
thee friends there's nowt wrong wi' being delightfully eccentric.some of the best buggers I've known as all been delightfully eccentric...........Jarvoid
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ramonaji said 3377 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Super Cool
haha this is too kewl!
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J.A.Stewart said 3373 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Re: Super Cool...
I'm glad you enjoyed this little musical safari, Ramona.

Make sure you grab a banana before leaving... they're free! :)


--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Char said 3069 days ago (January 30th, 2011)
I am
glad I went on a trip to banana land with you. Joe Hollywood has real stage presence, he's the top banana. That was fun. Thanks.
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J.A.Stewart said 3069 days ago (January 30th, 2011)
Re: I am...
Thank you, Char. I'm happy you enjoyed your visit in Banana Land. I hope you soaked up plenty of that tropic heat while you were there to help thaw you out from the frigid winter in Ohio. ;)


--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Moviz said 3069 days ago (January 30th, 2011)
Ha Ha
I came here thinking I was going to hear Char, since she pimped it in the Chat window ... I thought she'd got a bad throat, till I glanced at the heading Joe. This is excellent in every way, so entertaining and musically and vocally brilliant; love the backing vocals and instruments, regards M
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J.A.Stewart said 3069 days ago (January 30th, 2011)
Re: Ha Ha...
So, Maurice... you slipped on one of Char's Banana Peels and ended up in Banana Land?

Well, I'm so glad you did, sir and grateful for your kind words. ;)


--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
MarkHolbrook said 1411 days ago (August 15th, 2015)
Outstandingly
different and what a way to stretch! I personally think you took a leap and cleared the canyon easily! Very cool indeed!
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Played in a variety of Folk/Rock, Pop and Rock bands for more than a decade. After collaborating on a musical, I got hooked on songwriting and recording. After years of intense "lobbying," (to buy souvenirs for friends) I finally "entered" The Rock a... [see more]

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