Beside The Chimpanzees

 

Original song lyrics by Chrome Dome Mike Kimbro

 

A relyric of the song ďDefying GravityĒ by Stephen Schwartz, from the Broadway play ďWickedĒ.

 

Please read along to the Spoken Verse Performance.

 

LEGAL NOTE:  I do not own the lyrics or the music to the song "Defying Gravity"

 

 

* * * *. **.*.

Something has changed within me

A sci-fi motion picture

 

* * *. **.*.

Something is not the same

About the world to come.

 

* * *. ** *. *.*.

I'm through with playing by the rules

Where Great Apes are the big boss men.

 

* ** ** *

Of someone else's game

And humans are like, done.

 

 

* * * ** **

Too late for second-guessing

Be-fore, I shared my insight,

 

* * *. * * *. *

Too late to go back to sleep

Through po-ems, tried not to brag.

 

** * * * **

It's time to trust my instincts

Goodbye to walking upright.

 

*. * *   * *

Close my eyes and leap!

Now my knuc-kles drag.

 

 

* * * *.

It's time to try

Iíll be up there

 

*.*. * *.**

Defying gravity

Be-side the chimpanzees

 

* * * *.

I think I'll try

Up in the air

 

*.*. * *.**

Defying gravity

Be-side the chimpanzees

 

* * * ** *

And you can't pull me down!

And cool orangutans.

 

 

*. * *.*. * *.*.

I'm through accepting limits

Don't read old Charles Darwin,

 

* * *. * **.

'cause someone says they're so

Who claims that apes evolved.

 

* * *. ** *.

Some things I cannot change

Some folks have said of him,

 

** * * * ** *

But till I try, I'll never know!

He spouts some shit that's unresolved.

 

* * * * *.* *

Too long I've been afraid of

Men won the first couple bouts.

 

** * * * * *

Losing love I guess I've lost

But here comes the hol-o-caust.

 

* *.* *.

Well, if that's love

I've ze-ro doubts,

 

**.*.* * * *.*

It comes at much too high a cost!

For men the war will soon be lost.

 

 

* ** *.

I'd sooner buy

Then Iíll be there

 

*.*.*. *.**

Defying gravity

Be-side the chimpanzees.

 

* * *.*

Kiss me goodbye

Without a care,

 

*.*.*.*. *.**

I'm defying gravity

Be-side the chimpanzees.

 

*.* * * * *

And you can't pull me down:

And cool orangutans.

 

 

*.**.*

Unlimited

A hairy dude.

 

* * * * *.**.*

My future is unlimited

Oh, yeah. I'm such a hairy dude.

 

***** **

(And) I just had a vision

Used to say: "Live and let live."

 

** *.* *.**

Almost like a prophecy

When they called me 'primative'.

 

*.**

I* know,

Such a shame,

 

* * ** *.* (talk)

this sounds truly crazy

My last loving steady,

 

*.* * **. **

And true, the visionís hazy

Was prone to call me Yedi.

 

*.* *. * * * *

But I swear some day Iíll beÖ

Who's the one who's in vogue now?!?

 

 

* * *. *

Flying so high

 

Don't need a shrink,

 

*.*.*. *.**

Defying gravity

Amongst the chimpanzees.

 

* * * *..

I'm flying high

"The Missing Link",

 

*.*.*. *.**

Defying gravity

Amongst the chimpanzees.

 

*.* * * * *

And you canít pull me down.

And cool orangutans.

 

 

SPOKEN WORD:

 

Leave her alone!

No need to shave!

 

Iím the one you want.

Thick back hair you'll want.

 

Itís me!

Youíll see!

 

Itís me!

Youíll see!

 

 

* ** *.* * *

So if you care to find me

Now if youíre scared of zom-bies,

 

* ** *.* **

Look to the western sky*!

You better get a clue.

 

* ** * * **

As someone told me lately:

The real threat comes from monkeys.

 

*.*.* *.* * *. *  (slowing a bit)

"Ev'ryone deserves the chance to

Mark my words, poor old mankind isÖ

 

*  (punctuated)

fly!"

Through!

 

 

 

*.* * ** * *

And if I'm flying so-lo

But hey, there is a bright side:

 

* * * ** *

At least I'm flying free

No eyebrows to be tweezed.

 

* * * * *

To those who'd ground me

He once would run. Hide.

 

** * * * * *

Take a message back from me

Now old Sasquatch will be pleased.

 

 

* * * *.

Tell them how I

When I'm up there,

 

* *.*. *. *.**

Am defying gravity

Right be-side the chimpanzees.

 

* * * *

I'm flying high

Without a care,

 

* *. *. *.**

Defying gravity

Be-side the chimpanzees.

 

* * * *.* * * *

And soon I'll match them in renown!

Yeah, those orangutans are cool.

 

 

SPOKEN

And nobody in all of Oz

And while the plot does have some flaws

 

No Wizard that there is or was

Iím certain it applies, because...

 

* * * * * *

Is ever gonna bring

I'm covered head to toe,

 

*. *.

Me down!

With Fur.

 

* * *

Bring me down!

With sweet fur.

 

Ahhh!

Yeah.

 

The End

 

Copyright © Michael Kimbro 2018.  All rights reserved.

 

 

NOTE:  When I first heard "Defying Gravity", I chuckled to myself thinking that the last note sounded somewhat like Tarzan's trademark yodel. But about a third of the way into this project, I shelved it in favor of something for February 14, 2015. This original project wasn't finished until early 2018, some 3 years later.

 

 

Keywords: Poems about the movie The Planet of the Apes, Odes to hairy guys, evolution, poems about gorillas, Primate poetry, Defying Gravity parodies.