"Monkey Wrench" as written by and David Eric/smear Grohl....
What have we done with innocence?
It disappeared with time, it never made much sense
Adolescent resident
Wasting another night on planning my revenge

One in ten
One in ten
One in ten

Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I'd rather leave than suffer this
I'll never be your monkey wrench
All this time to make amends
What do you do when all your enemies are friends?
Now and then I'll try to bend
Under pressure, wind up snapping in the end

One in ten
One in ten
One in ten

Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I'd rather leave than suffer this
I'll never be your monkey wrench
Temper One last thing before I quit!
I never wanted any more than I could fit into my head!
I still remember every single word you said,
And all the shit that somehow came along with it!
Still, there's one thing that comforts me
Since I was always caged and now I'm free
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I'd rather leave than suffer this

I'll never be your monkey wrench
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench


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"Monkey Wrench" as written by David Eric Grohl Dave Grohl

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  • +4
    General Commentto me, this song is pretty much the ultimate way of saying i've put up with so much shit from you and now i'm done with being nice to you, fuck you and fuck off, and i've wanted to say this to you for so long. pretty much all the lines mean something to me. to me, this is a song about how the anger is building up and you're thinking about losing it and then you finally do, even if it turns you into something you're not, and that when you're upset, you can say things you never thought you were capable of saying, but that it just had to happen.
    "what have we done with innocence", to me means that noone is too nice not to cop shit from arseholes.
    "it disappeared in time it never made much sense", that to some people nice doesn't exist.
    "adolescent resident", that you still behave like a kindergarten child despite the fact that you are an adult.
    "wasting another night on planning my revenge", that i'm thinking about a way to let you know that i've had enough and that i'm not having it anymore.
    "one in ten", that's pretty much the only line where it means nothing to me.
    "don't want to be your monkey wrench", i don't want to be your tool and be used by you.
    "one more indecent accident", that 1 more incident and i could explode.
    "i'd rather leave than suffer this", that i'm prepared to ditch friends to ditch arseholes.
    "i'll never be your monkey wrench", i'm done once and for all with you.
    "all this time to make amends", you've had so many chances to stop and even redeem yourself.
    "what do you do when all your enemies are friends", that the people that you hang around with are actually against you and you feel trapped.
    "now and then i'll try to bend", i have bent my arse over for you more often than not.
    "under pressure wind up snapping in the end", the pressure has gotten to me and i'm this close to exploding.
    "temper, temper, temper", there's someone telling me to calm down and control myself, but you know what, i have for so long and now this is what i want to say to you.
    "one last thing before i quit i never wanted anymore than i could fit intio my head i still remember every single word you said and all the shit that somehow came along with it still there's 1 thing that comforts me since i was always caged and now i'm free".
    the song was building up to that part, and that's how i feel, that bit where he yells and loses his temper is to me like saying i've held myself for so long but being nice hasn't worked, and that i was caged with no escape but now i'm free from you and your curse. ultimately this is probably a song about ending a relationship of some sort.
    anonymous86on February 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment1 in 10 friendships fail. Now whether those are the statistics and whether that's what the Foo Fighters or the individual thinks is up to them. It sounds good enough to me.
    anonymous86on May 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is obviously about Kurt and the relationship he had with him toward the end. The first verse about innocence is obviously about Kurt because he used innocence as an inspiration in his song writing. He even said the were trying to "stay children". Monkey wrench is what Dave felt like he was to the Kurt, basically a hired gun. This was toward the end when he was gonna leave every line "I never wanted more than I could fit into my head" ... that is not about any girl he was dating. This is obviously a song about Kurt and what was happening toward the end. Courtney has said Kurt hated Daves guts toward the end and although I hate her I don't think she was lying about that.
    Overskyon July 18, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song FactGrohl told Mojo magazine January 2010 this is about the disintegration of his marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood: "It's about living with someone and feeling like you're living in a fu--ing cell. And then I wound up getting a divorce," he said.
    rmcgowan33on August 14, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is without a doubt about the state the media left grunge bands in, and record companies bacame pressurising and using bands to market shit, thats why he "dont wanna be your monkey wrench"
    Mikee_Beeon April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat???

    What the hell are you talking about
    One in ten of my fingers has a wart on it, does that mean the song is about warts???
    Foo Ruleson September 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think Dave Grohl just has an obsession with monkey wrenches. or u guys could be right i guess. but i like my answer better
    WarriorofChaoson August 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI had this crazy thought today that maybe this song is actually written in the 3rd person from ex drummer Will's perspective. William Goldsmith quit the band half way through recording this album because Grohl decided he was not happy with his drumming and re-played every song on the album without even consulting Will! So maybe this song was not yet written/or finished and Dave wrote this a kind of an apology/"I understand your anger at me" kind of deal. Just a thought... Have another listen now and let me know what you think!
    BamLiveon December 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about him not wanting to be a little bitch-boy tool.
    zmartin84on January 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGuitar Rawk at it's absolute loudest and finest!
    slave2discoon February 03, 2002   Link

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