Straighten Up and Fly Right-Andrews Sisters, 1940s

A buzzard took a monkey for a ride in the air,

The monkey thought that everything was on the square.

The buzzard tried to toss the monkey of of his back

But the monkey grabbed his neck and said now listen, Jack:

Straighten up and fly right,

Straighten up and fly right,

Straighten up and fly right,

Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top.


Ain’t no use in diving,

What’s the use of diving,

Straighten up and fly right,

Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top.

The buzzard told the monkey you are choking me,

Release your hold and I will set you free.

The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye,

And said your story’s so touching, it’s sounds just like a lie.

Straighten up and fly right,

Straighten up and stay right,

Straighten up and fly right,

Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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