"Monkey Back" as written by Beth Hart and Jon Nichols....
Oh God save me for I am wicked and damned
Oh God show me a better way to the Promised Land
'Cause I I can't take it no I can't shake it no I can't break it no
Don't want to eat it no more I cannot hide it
I'm uninvited I can't fake it no I can't shake it
I can't take it I can't shake shake shake shake

Shake that 'ol monkey off my back
Gimme my money back slip through your crack
Gimme my money back sit back

Oh God know me I'm just dirty footprints at your door
Oh God hold me from one more trip and liquor store
'Cause I I can't take it and I can't shake shake shake shake

Shake that 'ol monkey off my back
Gimme my money back slip through your crack
Gimme my money sit back
Gimme my money back
Slip through your crack an' get back

I'm not praying for a miracle just a little peace of mind
And if what I do is all in vain as I'm screamin' goin' insane
Still I am not my name God wouldn't save me,
So now it's me and my rotten friends
The drugs ain't working, no they're just jacking me off again


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"Monkey Back" as written by Jon Nichols Beth Hart

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    General CommentOne of my favorites by Beth Hart..
    Especially because she sings it so strong, and powerfull.
    I don't exactly know what's it about, I suppose partly bout her drug and alcohol addiction which are still pulling at her and making her crave for it, even while she's clean. And for the other part I suppose it's just all this mess in her head and unsureties that keeps nagging her and never just want to go away.

    That last part is, anyway, what this song means for me. So many thoughts and beliefs and feelings in my head which are making my life hard and confusing and sometimes impossible. And no matter how long and how hard I've been fighting them, trying to get rid of those, sooner or later they always keep coming back. And actually, it really feels like an old monkey who I can't shake off my back.

    "Give me my money back slip through your crack" Obviously refers to drugs and drug addiction and throwing all your money in it. But when I listen to it, it feels like the money stands for the good things in me and my life, that I always tend to lose because of that stubborn old monkey on my back (so because of all this hard things in my head). And "crack" I hear then as "holes", not like dope..
    PutTheLightsOnon July 12, 2008   Link

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