Who Sang Riki Tivi Tavi? Donovan

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Release information
Release Date: 1970
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock/Psychedelic Rock
length: 2:56
Better get into what you gotta get into
Better get into it now, no slacking please
United Nations ain't really united
And the organizations ain't really organized

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

(16 bars instrumental)

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 the number twelve
Bus you were going my way my way

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Changes
  • 2 Song for John
  • 3 Curry Land
  • 4 Joe Bean's Theme
  • 5 People Used To
  • 6 Celtic Rock
  • 7 Riki Tivi Tavi
  • 8 Clara Clairvoyant
  • 9 Roots of Oak
  • 10 Season of Farewell
  • 11 Poke at the Pope
  • 12 New Year's Resolution

  • Release information
    label: Dawn
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin