"Monty Got A Raw Deal" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Monty this seems strange to me
The movies had that movie thing
But nonsense has a welcome ring
And heroes don't come easy

Now nonsense isn't new to me
I know my head, I know my feet
But mischief knocked me in the knees
Said, just let go, just let go

I saw the ocean meet the man
I saw you buried in the sand
A friend was there to hold your hand
Said, walk on by

So, I went walking through the street
I saw you strung up in a tree
A woman knelt there said to me
Said, hold your tongue, ma, hold your tongue

You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy (waste your breath)
Don't you waste your breath (waste your breath)
For the silver screen

That nonsense doesn't mean a thing
They tried to bust you in a sting
But virtue isn't everything
So, don't waste time

Now, here's a rhyme that you can steal
Put this on your reel to reel
Mischief threw a rotten deal
Monty's laying low, man
He is laying low
Just let go
Just let go

You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy (waste your breath)
Don't you waste your breath (waste your breath)
Monty this seems strange to me


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"Monty Got a Raw Deal" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General CommentObviously the song is about Montgomery Clift who was a great actor who happened to be gay at a time when it was kept secret. After his car wreck he had a bad scar on his face that left him depressed. He eventually died alone from slow self-destruction. It is a great song. The title is itself a joke. There once was a silly game show called Let's Make A Deal. It was hosted by a man named Monty Hall.
    bhoover247on June 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPublisher, your brain is blocked


    "Monty Got A Raw Deal"

    Monty this seems strange to me.
    The movies had that movie thing,
    But nonsense has a welcome ring
    And heroes don't come easily.
    Now, nonsense isn't new to me.
    I know my head, I know my feet,
    But mischief knocked me in the knees.
    Said, Just let go. Just let go.

    I saw the ocean meet the man.
    I saw you buried in the sand.
    A friend was there to hold your hand,
    Said, Walk on by.
    So, I went walking through the street.
    I saw you strung up in a tree.
    A woman knelt there said to me,
    Said, Hold your tongue, man. Hold your tongue.

    You don't owe me anything.
    You don't want this sympathy. (waste your breath)
    Don't you waste your breath. (waste your breath)
    For the silver screen.

    That nonsense doesn't mean a thing,
    They tried to bust you in a sting,
    But virtue isn't everything
    So, don't waste time.
    Now, here's a rhyme that you can steal.
    Put this on your reel to reel.
    Mischief threw a rotten deal.
    Monty's laying low.
    He is laying low.
    Just let go, just let go.

    You don't owe me anything.
    You don't want this sympathy. (waste your breath)
    Don't you waste your breath. (waste your breath)
    Monty this seems strange to me.
    nycniteon April 03, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbhoover247: D'oh! Totally missed the link to Monty Hall and 'LMAD'. Thanks for that!

    I wonder if the lines "I saw the ocean meet the man, I saw you buried in the sand" isn't a reference to the movie "From Here to Eternity", which Clift starred in. The movie has that famous 'beach scene' but it's between Burt Lancaster -- not Clift -- and Deborah Kerr. Maybe a double entendre or a euphemism for another event in Clift's life.
    mtmooreon November 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is in part about Montgomery Clift's life.

    At the same time I think it's about much more than this. The song just uses Montgomery Clift as an example of a life

    where mischief/nonsense has struck. Where unjust things take place. As the song says Monty Got a Raw Deal. But the song

    is just using Montgomery Clift's life as one example of a life where unjust things have taken place. This is something that

    happens to all of us in all our lives ... some more than others. Stipe's advice is to "just let go," "hold your tongue," to not

    "waste time" and to "not waste our breath." The latter phrase in particular is great. By advising us not to waste our breath,

    I think Stipe is basically saying not to waste our lives dwelling on these injustices. Shit happens. But this is inevitable and

    often times we make a bad situation even worse. So don't waste time, don't waste your breath, live.

    Another good phrase is "you don't owe me anything." To me what this phrase means is that life doesn't owe us anything.

    Life doesn't owe us anything. Bad things may happen, good things may happen. But be aware, Stipe seems to be saying,

    life doesn't owe us anything and we shouldn't act (ever) as if life owes us something. Having that kind of attitude only

    causes us to eventually/inevitably "waste our breath" and diminishes the quality of our lives.
    youngmaninhistwentieson June 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSeriously just cus stipe is gay doesn't mean all his songs are about homosexuallity give it a rest people.
    QOPon July 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshit...i came on to try and interpret it but i hav no idea...is it from the perspective from a cop who lets a criminal off b/c, even though he deserves punishment, he knows he'll get worse than he deserves???
    ZinbobDanon April 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMonty (i don't kno his second name) was an actor who was villified for being gay, i think... thats what this is about
    Little_Baby_Nothingon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMonty (i don't kno his second name) was an actor who was villified for being gay, i think... thats what this is about
    Little_Baby_Nothingon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHis name was Montgomery Clift, I don't know much about him but he was pretty revolutionary I think. But he was gay, so I'm thinking Little Baby Nothing is right from the title, and lines like "I saw you strung up in a tree."
    Relinquo1on April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat, great song by the way.
    Relinquo1on May 01, 2004   Link

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