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‘Planet of the Apes’

sung by Tony Barclay
composed by Tony Barclay

arranged by Tony Barclay



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Verse 1

I arrive on a planet full of apes
Half beast, half man
English - didn’t understand 
They understand the music of the pan
D cello and D bass, is music in the place
Music coming out of ah tenor 
Make me stop and think 
How this thing does link
All them bass men in heavy action
D guitar, D bassman, D tenor, D cello


Is D planet of the apes 
Look how the tenors jamming 
Look how D bassman rocking
Is D planet of the apes
They jumping they wining
They moving they grooving
Well this thing have me so excited 
If you see D dance with they ape man prance
They hand stretch out and so they wining
Break it down to D ground
Break it down to D ground

Verse 2

In the heat of excitement you can hear
An ape man grumbling, ah bass pan tumbling
With apes just prancing everywhere
If you see them dance
With they ape man prance
All dem woman like they gone crazy
When they hear D pan
And D bassman jam
All them tenors seem to amaze me
D guitar, D bassman, D tenor, D cello


Verse 3

Suddenly I was wake up from my sleep
I was only dreaming, I keep on studying 
This melody that D ape men played
The cello and D bass
D niceness in D place
Well ah looked around and there is no one
There to share my dreams
And to me it seems 
Me alone was enjoying this thing
It gone again, they ape man thing
It gone again


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Tony Barclay

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Tony Barclay
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Tony Barclay was born in Trinidad where he learned the guitar at a young age. He played things he heard on the radio and sang on street corners. The 60s played a very important part in Tony’s life; listening to radio he heard people like Steve Wonder, James Taylor, Miriam Makeba, George Benson and many more.

Tony began writing songs singing with Richard Hines, and Ian & Alan Stuart. He began performing at a local radio station, Radio Trinidad, on the “Auntie Kay” program and at the Calypso Revue Tent, where he met other artists. Tony’s first record was a Disco 45, The Crown. Since then he came out with LPs Pan For Beethoven, (2) Music For A Lifetime and (3), Jazz On Pan (conversation Piece).

Tony’s love for music continues as life goes on. He has a number of Pan songs: Pan Beethoven, Pan 5th Symphony, Jazz On Pan, the track featured here - Planet of the Apes, Pan Hurricane, Quicksilver, The Hills Coming Down and many more.

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