As early as 1898, this song was sung by American sailors. (source)


(Folk song)

I went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beasts were there,
The big baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair,
The monkey bumped the skunk
And fell on the elephant’s trunk;
The elephant sneezed and fell to his knees,
And what became of the monk,
The monk, the monk, the monk, the monk,
The monk, the monk, the monk, the monk?


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