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Rikki Tiki Tavi is a mongoose who kills snakes in “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. I was first drawn to the idea that we have to kill our own snakes, whatever they may be , during the Vietnam War when I first became an activist and heard this song by Donovan. No one can change they bad things in the world except ourselves. In the current decade, I am a member of the Occupy Movement, but have found that the song remains the same.

Riki Tiki Tavi (Original Version)

Better get into what you gotta get into
Better get into it now, no slacking please
United Nations ain’t really unitedA Mongoose
And the organisations ain’t really organised

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

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 a number twelve
bus you were going my way
my way

Copywright Donovan Leitch

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