Ape Men

Darwin is long gone, and now, Ernst Mayr is dead at 100. He was the most prominent evolutionary biologist, perhaps the most prominent biologist, of the 20th century. Author of hundreds of papers, scores of books, a ground breaking researcher, brilliant and devoted ornithologist, and the guiding intellect of the great synthesis of modern genetics and Darwinian theory, he was a towering figure. (Recall, Darwin knew nothing of genetics, even after Mendel’s work, because it was not published!) One of his latest books, What is Evolution? is a wonderfully lucid exposition for laymen that even a creationist could read, should read, but perhaps, alas, cannot understand. I never met Mayr, nor heard him speak, so I don’t know what this brilliant and scholarly gentleman thought of popular culture, let alone rock n’ roll, nor have I any idea of what his sense of humour was, but I like to think he might have chuckled at this, one of my favorite songs by The Kinks:

Ape Man

I think I’m sophisticated
’cos I’m living my life like a good homosapien
But all around me everybody’s multiplying
Till they’re walking round like flies man
So I’m no better than the animals sitting in their cages
In the zoo man
’cos compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees
I am an ape man

I think I’m so educated and I’m so civilized
’cos I’m a strict vegetarian
But with the over-population and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I don’t feel safe in this world no more
I don’t want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore and make like an ape man

I’m an ape man, I’m an ape ape man
I’m an ape man I’m a king kong man I’m ape ape man
I’m an ape man
’cos compared to the sun that sits in the sky
Compared to the clouds as they roll by
Compared to the bugs and the spiders and flies
I am an ape man

In man’s evolution he has created the cities and
The motor traffic rumble, but give me half a chance
And I’d be taking off my clothes and living in the jungle
’cos the only time that I feel at ease
Is swinging up and down in a coconut tree
Oh what a life of luxury to be like an ape man
I’m an ape, I’m an ape ape man, I’m an ape man
I’m a king kong man, I’m a voo-doo man
I’m an ape man
I look out my window, but I can’t see the sky
’cos the air pollution is fogging up my eyes
I want to get out of this city alive
And make like an ape man

Come and love me, be my ape man girl
And we will be so happy in my ape man world
I’m an ape man, I’m an ape ape man, I’m an ape man
I’m a king kong man, I’m a voo-doo man
I’m an ape man
I’ll be your tarzan, you’ll be my jane
I’ll keep you warm and you’ll keep me sane
And we’ll sit in the trees and eat bananas all day
Just like an ape man

I’m an ape man, I’m an ape ape man, I’m an ape man
I’m a king kong man, I’m a voo-doo man
I’m an ape man.
I don’t feel safe in this world no more
I don’t want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an ape man.

3 Responses to Ape Men

  1. Karass says:

    have you seen the commercial with the tag line: “it’s so simple, a caveman could do it” and a cave man across the room hears him say it and responds: “dude, that was so condescending, I can’t believe you said that.”
    I forgot what the commercial was for, I guess advertising failed on me, but it was a funny commercial.

  2. Lichanos says:

    …And the guy speaking wasn’t a caveman? Then how did they get in the same room? Uh, I think there are a lot of loose ends here, but it sounds like it might be a funny spot after all.

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