Damon Albarn has revealed that his upcoming solo album, Everyday Robots, includes a song about a baby elephant he met in Tanzania. “It was recently orphaned and walked onto this aerodrome; the people I know took it in and called it Mr Tembo,” he told Rolling Stone.
“I was there, and I met this little elephant, and he was very sweet.” Albarn credits Richard Russell, the head of XL Recordings, with getting the song recorded.
“I put that in my “songs I write for other things,” like for kids’ birthdays,” he said.
“It was recorded on a phone, and in a light-hearted moment, I put it on a list for Richard. He said, ‘I’d really like you to try that,’ so I did.”
The elephant seemed less than impressed when Albarn sang it the song. “To be honest to you, when I sang it to the elephant, it shat itself. Because it was on milk, it was white elephant baby poo, if you can imagine that. It’s quite something at close vicinity.”