"Monkey Man" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
I'm a fleabit peanut monkey
And all my friends are junkies
That's not really true

I'm a cold Italian pizza
I could use a lemon squeezer
What you do?

But I've been bit and I've been tossed around
By every she-rat in this town
Have you babe?

But I am just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey woman too

I was bitten by a boar
I was gouged and I was gored
But I pulled on through

Yeah, I'm a sack of broken eggs
I always have an unmade bed
Don't you?

Well I hope we're not too messianic
Or a trifle too satanic
But we love to play the blues

But well I am just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey woman too
Monkey woman too babe

I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey
I'm a monkey
I'm a monkey
I'm a monkey
Monkey, monkey
Monkey

Monkey
I'm a monkey


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"Monkey Man" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +4
    General Commentthink about it. All my friends are junkies? DRUGS obviously. the stones were huge into drugs. who doesnt know that. this song is about addiction. "im a monkey man" doesnt have anything to do with evolution. anyone who thinks that needs some help. the point is, he has a monkey on his back. hes addicted, but he doesnt necessarily want to give it up. so hes glad this girl doesnt want to either.
    gabbybaybeon October 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis has the absolute BEST INTRO TO ANY SONG EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER YEAH!

    Go listen to it now. Please. This song is far too underrated.
    pkjunon May 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think you need to look at this song in the context of the entire "Let It Bleed" album and all its country twang. This song is about the Stones coming to the United States and fitting into the mainstream. The Monkey Man IS the Stones, and the Monkey Woman is the United States.This is the only way this line makes sense: "Well, I hope we're not too messianic, or a trifle too satanic. We love to play the blues." They don't want to be thought of as the Beatles, or a bumch of devil worshippers. They're just some guys who like the same music we do.
    johnny_dagoon July 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti read somewhere its about some junkie they knew. i mean.... there are only bajillion drug references.
    mammynunson December 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's about how drugs and the addiction to drugs can drive you to act primitively and how the need for drugs unlocks the most primitive urges in humans.
    dugaponyon May 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI personally think it's about a guy who's into rock n roll who meets a girl who shares his tastes but still kinda looks down on him:
    "Im a fleabit peanut monkey
    All my friends are junkies
    That's not really true"
    You don't have to do heroin to be into rock n roll and try to look the part. It's all in the head
    "Im a cold italian pizza
    I could use a lemon squeezer
    What you do?"
    I love the lemon squeezer line - it's about a guy who was dealt a bad hand, or given lemons and he's looking to make lemonade with her
    "But Ive been bit and Ive been tossed around
    By every she-rat in this town
    Have you, babe?"
    He's kinda sick of the scene he's in, and he's looking for someone different than what he's used to
    "Well, I am just a monkey man
    I'm glad you are a monkey woman too"
    He's guessing he could've found her
    "I was bitten by a boar
    I was gouged and I was gored
    But I pulled on through "
    Probably about hard times
    "Yes, I'm a sack of broken eggs
    I always have an unmade bed
    Don't you?"
    He's this dirty, messy dude into rock n roll looking for a rad girl to hang with
    "Well, I hope we're not too messianic
    Or a trifle too satanic
    We love to play the blues"
    Could be about some form of polarities, good and evil, heaven and hell, the two sides that compose him and give him the blues sometimes

    etc.

    My take on it!
    Groucho29on October 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut what is it's meaning?
    oldrocks93on June 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut what is it's meaning?
    oldrocks93on June 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is Mick and the Stones getting in touch with their primitive roots. The "Monkey Man" that Mick identifies himself here as calls to mind Darwin's theory of evolution and where we came from. The line "I was bitten by a boar, I was gouged and I was gored, But I pulled on through" illustrates the harsh evolutionary struggle and the survival of the fittest. Mostly this song reminds us of our own primal urges and the animal in us all. One of my favourite Stones tunes of all time.
    Keith Angus Pageon May 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKeith Richards is a brilliant fucking musician.
    JumpyJackon January 10, 2005   Link

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