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George Jones performs "I'm A People"

"I'm a People" is a song by George Jones. It became a No. 6 hit single when it was released on the Musicor label in 1966. The song was written by Dallas Frazier, one of Jones' favorite composers at the time. "I'm a People" is one of the oddest novelties Jones ever recorded; the song compares the seemingly carefree existence of monkeys at a zoo with the dreary human enterprise of securing employment.

I'm a People is an album by American country music artist George Jones. It was released in 1966 on the Musicor Records label. The album hit number one on the country chart. George Bedard of AllMusic writes, "One of the more consistent Musicor offerings, it features a good mix of uptempo honky tonk and novelty ("I'm a People," "Ship of Love, " and "Blindfold of Love"), ballads (the eerie "The Lonely Know My Secret"), and sacred songs ("If You Believe" and "Old Brush Arbors"). "Four-O-Thirty Three" and the title track were both top ten country hits. I'm A People also includes the "World Of Forgotten People" written by fellow country star Loretta Lynn. In his essay for the 1994 Sony compilation The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, Rich Kienzle observes that the Dallad Frazier-penned title track contains an arrangement "clearly designed to imitate Roger Miller's hit novelties. George even attempted to scat-sing as Miller often did on his own hits."

George Jones I'm A People lyrics

Now if I was a monkey, a-workin' for a livin'

I'd be a-gettin' instead of a-givin'

A-hangin' by my tail, a-waitin' for the dinner bell

Puttin' humans on

 

Every day them fools rush in

And lay down the cash and watch me grin

I put 'em all on, I'd hum a little song

An' watch 'em all go tee-hee

 

But I spell a P, a little bitty E

Sweet bop, bop, bop, sh-shoo, shoobie doobie doh, and a little round O

Now you add another P, a big skinny L

There's a-one more E an' you got a people that looks like me

 

Now a monkey don't have to go down town

An' ask for a job an' get turned down, I'm mad at me

I could smash me

'Cause I'm a people

 

Now, a monkey don't have to shoot an' speak

All he do is scratch his fleas

Oh me, what luxury

But I'm a people

 

Now I spell a P, a little bitty E

Sweet bop, bop, bop, sh-shoo, shoobie doobie doh, and a little round O

Now you add another P, a big skinny L

There's a-one more E an' you got a creature that looks like me

 

Now if someone knocked on my door today

There'd be a little sign says, "gone away"

Down to the zoo, diggin' you know who

'Cause I'm a people

 

Now I spell a P, a little bitty E

Sweet bop, bop, bop, sh-shoo, shoobie doobie doh, and a little round O

Now you add another P, a big skinny L

There's a-one more E an' you got a creature that looks like me


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