I grew from monkey into man
Then I crushed 15 million with a wave of my hand
I grew drunk on water turned into wine
‘Til I was slave and master at the same damn time

But it’s why I am
It’s why I am
Why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King

Out of my head and into the room, hello

A king of men, it makes no sense
Oh bow to the priest while I worship the wench
but it’s why I am always the one who’d make you smile
Why I am
I’m still a snake in the woodpile
It’s why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King

Out of my head and into the room
So when my ghost takes me from you
You can remember the fool that I am
Don’t cry baby, don’t cry

The lose and the win of the world
Wrong and right, us and them of the world
It’s the you and the me of the world
But only one way out of the world
It’s the lose and the win of the world
Wrong and right, us and them of the world
It’s the you and the me of the world
Only one way out of the world

It’s why I am unlikely to agree
Why I am, climbing out of my monkey tree
Why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King
We’ll be drinking Big Whiskey while we dance and sing
and where my story ends, it’s gonna end with him
Heaven or hell, I’m going down with the GrooGrux King

Why I am the apple of your pretty eye
Why I am the snake in the woodpile
it’s why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King

Out of my head and into the room
So when my ghost takes me from you
You can remember the fool that I am
Don’t cry baby, don’t cry


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  • +1
    General CommentThe studio version's lyrics are:

    I grew from monkey into man
    Then I crushed 15 million with a wave of my hand
    I grew drunk on water turned into wine
    ‘Til I was slave and master at the same damn time

    But it’s why I am
    It’s why I am
    Why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King

    Out of my head and into the room, hello

    A king of men, it makes no sense
    Oh bow to the priest while I worship the wench
    but it’s why I am always the one who’d make you smile
    Why I am
    I’m still a snake in the woodpile
    It’s why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King

    Out of my head and into the room
    So when my ghost takes me from you
    You can remember the fool that I am
    Don’t cry baby, don’t cry

    The lose and the win of the world
Wrong and right, us and them of the world
    It’s the you and the me of the world
    But only one way out of the world
    It’s the lose and the win of the world
Wrong and right, us and them of the world
    It’s the you and the me of the world
    Only one way out of the world

    It’s why I am unlikely to agree
    Why I am, climbing out of my monkey tree
    Why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King
    We’ll be drinking Big Whiskey while we dance and sing
    and where my story ends, it’s gonna end with him
    Heaven or hell, I’m going down with the GrooGrux King

    Why I am the apple of your pretty eye
    Why I am the snake in the woodpile
it’s why I am still here dancing with the GrooGrux King

    Out of my head and into the room
    So when my ghost takes me from you
    You can remember the fool that I am
    Don’t cry baby, don’t cry
    musicool2on May 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is very criticle to the lack of responsibility our world leaders address.

    In the middle of critisizing mankind and its leaders for going in the wrong direction he says w/e, We’ll be drinking Big Whiskey while we dance and sing and where my story ends, it’s gonna end with him
    Heaven or hell, I’m going down with the GrooGrux King. r.i.p. LeRoi.

    marc4497on June 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm loving this song. One of the best they've put out in awhile.
    crounsa810on April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan't wait to hear the studio version of this song.... saw it in concert this past weekend and it was amazing!
    daydreamer813on May 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest of the new songs, by far.
    dmwhalen3436on May 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song, but Dave sings with so much more passion live. Too bad that it didn't carry over.
    youthrillmeon May 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song! They play it excellent live and the lyrics are full of cool imagery. RIP Leroi
    Taz59on June 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the elements of his past that he's putting into the song. The references to proudest monkey and two step in the first stanza combined with the tribute to Leroi later in the song really give it a cool nostalgic feel.
    tpeverett1on June 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is obviously about LeRoi Moore who's nickname was Grux. I think Dave uses the lyrics to describe the complexity of LeRoi. He was an awesome musician and human being but he was flawed too. I think its also about LeRoi's struggles with success and fame..."Til I was slave and master at the same damn time". Dave shares this thinking according to interviews. I think Dave uses the line "So when my ghost takes me from you, You can remember the fool that I am, don't cry baby, don't cry" as a way of describing the band's loss and pain with moving on but that LeRoi will live on with them forever. I love how much this song has turned into an anthem at concerts, its a fitting tribute to such a talented person.

    One correction with the lyrics its "Oh bow to the priest while I worship the witch"
    arodoll3on September 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is a memorial to LeRoi by funneling as many DMB songs as possible into one. Basically every line references one of the songs that he was there to play/create.
    john_markdon December 18, 2009   Link

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