"Like a Monkey in the Zoo" as written by and Daniel Johnston....
i'm chained to the wall
i'm nothing at all
and my eyes look into the sunset thinking of better things to do
like a monkey in a zoo

the days go so slow
i don't have no friends
except all these people who want me to do tricks for them
like a monkey in a zoo

and it could happen to you
you could be in my place
no it wasn't always like this
oh but i never saw it coming

i'm so alone
but this is my home
and the bars that surround me keep me from knowing any better
like a monkey in a zoo

throw me a peanut
laugh and make jokes
but i've had enough peanuts and i'm ready to croak
like a monkey in a zoo

you come to look at me
you seem so amused
but things would look different
if you were in my shoes

i know it's my fault
but i want out
and when i cry out nobody seems to understand
like a monkey in a zoo

you say i'm cute
you don't know how much that hurts
you don't know how it feels to live in your own dirt
like a monkey in a zoo

and it could happen to you
you could be in my place
don't let yourself slip
don't keep egg on your face

i used to be happy
i can't remember those days
but i sold my freedom for free room and board
like a monkey in a zoo


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"Like a Monkey in a Zoo" as written by Daniel Johnston

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    General CommentThis is one of the most devasting songs I've ever heard. It tears me to pieces every time I hear it. Vic Chesnutt's version is excellent as well. Daniel Johnston is such an under appreciated force in music. He is succeeds in shining his transparent, beautiful soul in his songs.
    Nathan579on February 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me feel like there's a oversized beehive inside me and someone just hit it with a baseball bat. So soulful. One of my favorite songs ever.
    rainmachineon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song really reveals the hypocrisy of psychiatric treatment in our society. It shows how society doesn't want to feel it hurt you overtly for being mentally ill, but is more then willing to make you a vegetable and minimize the hassle of dealing with you. Daniel's voice cries out for many forgotten souls languishing in their cages; like monkeys in a zoo.
    LogicalDreameron April 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@logicaldreamer: I think this song is about DJ's own fame; and as for psychiatric treatment being hypocritical, what would you suggest, leave mentally ill patients with all their emotions intact so they can suffer? Although psychiatry is an area where treatment is not very effective and has lots of side effects, as yet no-one has found anything any better.
    Phonophobeon July 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAs a mentally ill adult living with parents and in intensive therapy ... this is my song.
    afraidofpopon October 16, 2012   Link

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