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If We Could Talk to the Animals is a musical number from the 1967 movie Dr. Dolittle and a song from the video with the same title. It was originally sung by Rex Harrison.


If we 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 it would be!

If we could talk to the animals,
Learn their languages,
Maybe take an animal degree;
We’d study elephant and eagle,
Buffalo and beagle,
Alligator, guinea pig and flea.

We would converse in polar bear and python
And we would curse in fluent kangaroo.
If people asked us, "Can you speak rhinoceros?"
We’d say, "Of courserous, can’t you?"

If we conferred with our furry friends,
Man to animal,
Think of all the things we could discuss!
If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals...
And they could squeak and squawk
And speak and talk to us!

Repeat second half of bridge and third stanza


  • The usual first pronouns of "I" and "me" have changed to "we" and "us".
  • A martial eagle appears on this song, as it is mentioned in the TV show episode We Love Birds.