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"Talk to the Animals" is a song featured in the 1967 film Doctor Dolittle sung by Rex Harrison as Doctor John Dolittle.


If I could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in Chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that would be!

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree
I'd study Elephant and Eagle, Buffalo and Beagle
Alligator, Guinea Pig, and Flea

I would converse in Polar Bear and Python
And I would curse in fluent Kangaroo
If people ask me, "Can you speak Rhinoceros?"
I'd say, "Of course-ros
Can't you?"

I'd confer with our furry friends and animals
Think of the amazing repartee!
If I could walk with the animals, talk with the animals
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals
And they could talk to me

If I consulted with quadrupeds, think what fun we'd have
Asking over crocodiles for tea
Or maybe lunch with two or three lions, walruses or sea lions
What a lovely place the world would be

If I spoke slang to an orangutan, the advantages
Any fool on Earth could plainly see
Discussing Eastern art and dramas with intellectual llamas
That's a big step forward, you'll agree

I'd learn to speak in Antelope and Turtle
My Pekinese would be extremely good
If I were asked to sing Hippopotamus
I'd say "Why not-amus?"
And would

If I could parley with pachyderms, it's a fairy tale
Worthy of Hans Andersen or Grimm
A man who walks with the animals, talks with the animals
Grunts and squeaks and squawks with the animals

A man can talk to the animals. It's a miracle!
In a year from now, I guarantee
I'll be the marvel of the mammals, playing chess with camels
No more just a boring old M.D

I'll study every living creature's language
So I can speak to all of them on sight
If friends say, "Can he talk in Crab or Pelican?"
You'll say, "Like hell he can."
And you'll be right

And if you just stop to think of it, there's no doubt of it
I shall win a place in history
I can walk with the animals, talk with the animals
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals
And they can squeak and squawk and speak and talk to me!