"Funky Monks" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, John Frusciante and Michael 'flea' Balzary....
There are no monks in my band
There are no saints in this land
I'll be doin' all I can
If I die an honest man

Confusion is my middle name
Ask me again I'll tell you the same
Persuaded by one sexy dame
No I do not feel no shame

You are on the road
Can I get a little lovin' from you
Can I get a little bit of that done did do
You are on the road
Tell me now girl that you need me too
Tell me now girl cause I've got a feeling for you

Every man has certain needs
Talkin' 'bout them dirty deeds
To these needs I must concede
Livin' by my lowly creed

Woman please know that I'm good
Know that I did all I could
But yes it's true likelihood
Of being great is not so good

You are on the road
Can I get a little lovin' from you
Can I get a little bit of that done did do
You are on the road
Tell me now girl that you need me too
Tell me now girl cause I've got a feeling for you

There are no monks in my band
There are no saints in this land
I'll be doin' all I can
If I die an honest man

Virtue slipped into my shoe
No I will not misconstrue
More rockin' more rockin' now doobley do
Dancin' down your avenue

You are on the road
Can I get a little lovin' from you
Can I get a little bit of that done did do
You are on the road
Tell me now girl that you need me too
Tell me now girl cause I've got a feeling for you


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"Funky Monks" as written by Chad Smith Anthony Kiedis

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    General Commentthe introduction to this is brilliant
    FIGHT_LIKE_A_BRAVEon July 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song fucking rocks, I'd say maybe the best on BloodSugarSexMagik, or at least tied, anyway. I think most people have the right meanings of it, but I'll just add some stuff. the first two lines, 'There are no monks in my band, There are no saints in this land' refers to the fact that while they are not all good and pure like monks, neither is anyone else, so they shouldn't be judged for what they do.
    Also, when i first heard this song, i thought the chorus said 'You are all alone' instead of 'You are on the road', until i read the lyrics from the disc booklet and realised that it does sound more like the latter. But at the start of the very last chorus, I'm certain that John sings 'You are all alone' (listen for yourself). This is probably refering to the idea that, while they are sleeping with a lot of different women and always have some company, they are lonely because they don't have any proper serious relationships.
    Anyway thats my two cents worth,
    Peace
    FlynnyZ_maaanon May 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkiedis want to make TOTALLY clear we all under stand that just becuase they are living like monks they are not gonna stop lovin' the ladies N E one! and sex is one addiction that it is okay to let yourself get addicted to:
    'To these needs I must concede
    Livin' by my lowly creed'
    smitchlovesfunkon September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree... but i also think that it might be about girls fallin for the band while theyre on the road and being a little hesitant since theyre not gonna stay around for long..."you are on the road....can i get a lil lovin from you?"
    you know, the guys (ok, anthony!) are all about the sex an the girls might be foolish enough to want a serious relationship from the band members. this song is sayin that theyre not goin to slow down for anyone, to just accept it and give him what he wants.
    redhedrockeron April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti would!
    lovekiedison May 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep I would too! I love this song, it's really fun to dance to! I agree w/redhedrocker, it might be about a groupie.
    funkybass85on May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is funky, like nine cans of shaving powder, that's funky.
    pocket_manualon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah anthony's sayin that he's a pretty good person but he just likes to get his dick wet but sometimes it doesn't work out because of the rough circumstances of being on the road. he's pointing out the negative aspects of being a famous rock star who everybody thinks is great...when really he's a humble man aware of his own problems and flaws. been a fan all my life, they really need to tour the states soon.
    vitamin421on March 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think they missed something in there. Anyway I love this song. And ya it's about being on the road, going place to place, having sex w/ all different people. And so they're saying they don't feel guilty about it. and.. I guess they shouldn't.
    fun2Bfunkyon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere's more to this song than just sex. Anthony is telling us that he's a man with some weaknesses (just like the rest of us), he's not even close to being a perfect man and he would never want to be one. Being perfect would mean that he has nothing else to experience, he wouldn't learn from his mistakes beacuse he wouldn't make any. He lives doing the best things he can, taking advantage of his lifetime. (I didn't think of this song this way, until I read an interview, anyway, that's just my opinion )
    algunmaeon December 10, 2005   Link

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