"One Monkey" as written by Gillian Howard Welch and David Todd Rawlings....
[Chorus: x2]
One monkey don't stop the show
One monkey don't stop the show
One monkey don't stop the show
Whoa, so get on board

Here comes the freight train
Here comes the freight train
Here comes the freight train
So, get on board

[Chorus]

There is a purpose, a running keep
There is a captain, with a steady wheel
Wheel

[Chorus: x2]

Here comes the slow train
Here comes the slow train
Here comes the slow train
So get on board

[Chorus]

She's at the station, running slow
Ready for leavin', she's gonna go
Go

One monkey don't stop the show
One monkey don't stop the show
One monkey don't stop the show

Here comes the freight train
Here comes the freight train
Here comes the freight train
So, get on board

One monkey don't stop the show
One monkey don't stop the show
One monkey don't stop the show
Whoa

[Chorus: x2]

Here comes the freight train
Here comes the freight train
So, get on board


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"One Monkey" as written by Gillian Howard Welch David Todd Rawlings

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    General CommentThis is politics, you can't fight city hall, she is being sarcastic about the power of the established machine, so get on board, or be branded a rebel, like Homs. Are you that monkey?
    Flamencoprofon February 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMy friend says "Sounds to me like 1933"
    Flamencoprofon February 07, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionActually, it seems to be a reference to an old song called:"The Monkey and the Engineer" where the monkey, after carefully observing the engineer, attempts to run the train.Predictably the train is wrecked. An allegorical reference to our goverment or goverment in general perhaps? Somewhat reminiscient of :"Ship of Fools" in its theme.
    tobermoryon June 18, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThe monkey and the engineer occurred to me as well. I've been playing that this week, and there's a monkey and a train... Maybe something there, she does identify as a deadhead. Welch sometimes weaves her stories into the music (wrecking ball, everything is free), so maybe she had a foolish person (monkey?) that potentially endangered the trajectory of the band, but this person wouldn't be allowed to stop the show, the train kept on... That might make her the captain with the steady wheel. Or maybe it's about life and god... Maybe not.
    nspdxon January 24, 2015   Link

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