i had a little monkey
i sent him to the country and i fed him on gingerbread
along came a choo choo, knocked my monkey coo-coo
and now my monkey's dead
at least he looks that way, but then again don't we all?
(what i make is what i am, i can't be forever)
i had a little monkey
i sent him to the country and i fed him on gingerbread
along came a choo choo, knocked my monkey coo-coo
and now my monkey's dead
poor little monkey
"make you...break you...make you...break you...lookout"
(what i make is waht i am, i can't be forever)
we are out own wicked gods
with littel "g's" and big dicks
sadistic and constantly inflicting a slwo demise
i sent him to the country and i fed him on gingerbread
along came a choo choo, knocked my monkey coo-coo
and (k)now my monkey's dead
the primate's scream of consonance is a reflection
of his own mind's dissonance


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    General CommentFor the record, can we really say charles manson "wrote" those lyrics? They are old nursery rhymes. C. Manson used them in his song for his own specific reasons as did marilyn manson. I do not think that M Manson used them as any sort of reference to C Manson. While it is known that M manson has done covers (sick city) of C mansons songs, I believe M manson used these very old nursery rhymes in his own creative way. Korn did a simmilar thing with chutes and ladders. Its common for artists to draw from pop culture to make thier point. Whit rabbit anyone? I'm not bashing anyones interpretation. I think its great for people to take out of a song something meaningfull. I just don't think anyone can say C manson wrote thos lines. If anyone is interested you should look up C mansons work. It really is quite interesting.

    side note: @ childofacid. you wrote: "For the record, Charles Manson never really killed anyone, he was just a very highly intelligent person who persuaded people to kill people such as Sharon Tate."
    No C manson did not kill anyone. however I take issue at your description of him as being highly inteligent. He was infact not very smart. Talented maybe, but not very bright. he was abandoned by his prostitute mother at an early age and in and out of jail all his life. He was institutionalized and never educated. He was very charismatic and came out of jail during the huge psychedelic explosion. His accomplishments were because of time and place, not intelligence.
    mannyron June 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentCharles Manson did write some of the lyrics. He wrote "I had a little monkey, I sent him to the country and I fed him on gingerbread. Along came a choo-choo and knocked my monkey coo-coo and now my monkey's dead." For the record, Charles Manson never really killed anyone, he was just a very highly intelligent person who persuaded people to kill people such as Sharon Tate.
    ChildOfAcidon June 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentQuite the interpretation, Haemoglobiner, kudos for all the thought put into it. I think that's a good summary of the song's meaning. Although, this song could also be aboot the process of aging any person goes through.

    "Had a little monkey/I sent him to the country and I fed him on gingerbread..."
    -The gingerbread-eating monkey could be the children of the United States, young, spoiled, and raised as such.

    "Along came a choo choo,/ knocked my monkey coo-coo/and now my monkey's dead/at least he looks that way, but then again don't we all?/(what i make is what i am, i can't be forever)...."
    -Adolescence and adulthood comes, and society, the choo choo train, sedates and runs naivity over; we are now prejudice, hypocritical, self-righteous adults whose inner child and innocence is virtually dead, although as yound adults, we haven't yet accepted that.

    "and now my monkey's dead/poor little monkey..."
    - As older adults, we've come to terms with this death of innocence and childhood.

    "make you.../break you.../make you.../break you.../lookout..../(what i make is what i am, i can't be forever)"
    -Society usually molds us into self-righteous, uninformed carbon-copy worker drones and breaks our once hopeful, naive spirits.

    "we are our own wicked gods/with little "g's" and big dicks/sadistic and constantly inflicting a slow demise..."
    -Self-explanatory, we are responsible for what we do; as well, we tend to be perverse and selfish, thought not as important as we think. We are all sadistic and two-faced; eventually, we spin our demise and die inside. All that's left is that death manifest into the physical.
    Kokoro/o/Iwaku/Sonoon July 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNote the name to of the original poster concerning this song. Let this be a lesson to you as to who appreciates art and who does not. And now...

    I'd heard that the song uses lyrics that were originally written by Charles Manson...does anyone know exactly what lyrics those are?
    Akashaon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot of lyrics to this song are missing...maybe I should contribute them.
    Akashaon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentcharlie manson! a serial killer who saw the human race as monkeys. so he murders people but in his eyes monkeys!!! my human victim aka monkey is dead!!! hahaha such a cute and ironic song!
    fadingon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyric is very god... he says that hes monkey is dead... but he don't know beacause everyone looks dead to him... and i think it's thru...
    Paraplatinon July 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsome of the lyrics are from a Charles Manson song "Mechanical Man" from his album LIE. As for the song, you notice that a kid is singing it, then Manson, then at one point they are both singing at the same time so I think its about how Manson wants to be a kid again and how people sometimes look dead.
    KILBYon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMechanical Man
    KILBYon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOne of my friends who is a huge manson fan told me (and I agree with him) that this song is actually questioning why people commit violence, what in society drives them to it. This is started off with that guy going "why are the children doing what they're doing?" I can't be sure but I think some of the more distorted lyrics sound like "sanity is a myth."

    Basically I think manson is saying that people aren't insane and don't commit violence for any set reason (violent movies etc), it's just that people are insane. A child with a toy monkey and a toy train doesn't sound sinister, but it could be :P
    AlmightyBeanon April 08, 2004   Link

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