So I sat in the attic,
A piano UP my nose,
And the wind played a dreadful cantata (cantata...).

Sore was I from the crack of an enemy's hose,
And the horrible sound of tomato (tomato...).

Ketchup (ketchup)
Soup and puree (Soup and puree),
Don't get left behind (get left behind)...

When a rattle of rats had awoken,
The sinews, the nerves and the veins.
My piano was boldly outspoken, in attempts to repeat its refrain.

So I stood with a knot in my stomach,
And I gazed at that terrible sight
Of two youngsters concealed in a barrel,
Sucking monkberry moon delight.

Monkberry moon delight,
Monkberry moon delight.

Well, I know my banana is older than the rest,
And my hair is a tangled beretta.
When I leave my pajamas to Billy Budapest,
And I don't get the gist of your letter (your letter...).

Catch up! (catch up),
Cats and kittens (cats and kittens),
Don't get left behind (get left behind)...

Monkberry moon delight...
Monkberry moon delight...


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Monkberry Moon Delight song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is one of the most unpolished, raw songs off 'Ram'. You can hear the fun Macca and Linda had when recording it. I love it. Macca doesn't make 'em like this anymore. Nowadays they go through the polishing machine first.
    Krtskion February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA lot of the other songs on RAM are directed towards John Lennon and their famous public slanging match using messages coded in songs ("Dear Boy", "How Do You Sleep" etc.) Because of this I thought some of these lines were part of that.

    The pajamas and Billy Budapest could possibly be some sort of sideways comment in reply to John's "Giving all your clothes to charity" and the letter that Paul fails to get the jist of could be a personal note from John or something along those lines.

    Also, I thought "Ketchup" was a sort of pun when coupled with "Don't get left behind" (i.e. Catch Up).

    Slightly off the wall - Monkberry Moon Delight could be "fame" and the Paul gazed at the terrible sight of two youngsters trapped in a confined space (Beatlemania) and grabbing as much fame as possible despite the fact that it would ultimately destroy their friendship.

    Paul is excellent at hiding the intended meaning in imagery and convoluted reference. This is a brilliant example of why he's a genius.
    betch252on January 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about how fame ruined Paul and John's friendship.
    Monkberry Moon Delight = Fame
    Which Paul McCartney views as a drink that makes you sick.

    I think this is a hidden sadness on the album about the rivalry.
    "Sore was I from the crack of an enemy's hose, and the horrible sound of tomato."
    John's attacks and others criticism (throwing tomatoes).

    The two youngsters are of course John and Paul, sucking down the addictive substance.

    "Catch up cats and kittens, don't get left behind."
    Paul misses the innocence he had before being famous.

    "I don't get the gist of your letter."
    He doesn't understand what John wants from him, or what he is saying about Paul in his songs.


    I think the reason these meanings are so veiled is that Paul was too stubborn/embarrassed to back down from the rivalry.
    Patrykon October 28, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI've followed McCartney (The Beatles) since they first hit the airwaves. I'll add my opinion of Monkberry Moon Delight for posterity. I don't think it is about drugs. Sorry, druggies. It's abstract. Paul M. is a long time fan of abstract art. It's his lyrical contribution (many others as well) to this art genre. He has a great book out some years ago filled with his own abstract art.
    rchapmanon August 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTripped up song
    MushieManon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is so song is fuckin' off the wall.
    Especially when you listen to it high.
    disinfectanton July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is so song is fuckin' off the wall.
    Especially when you listen to it high.
    disinfectanton July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat an amazing song.
    majestikmoose9on January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. Not sure if this is obvious or just my take on the song, but Monkberry Moon Delight is home-brewed whiskey, like White Lightning. And all of the other nonsense is seen thru a drunken haze.
    There's a spoken part at the end (I think) where something is said like: Hey, hey, take a sip of this. What is it? Monkerry Moon De-li-i-i-ight.
    As far as a meaning, that's the best I can come up with. I love the song.
    Digi-Gon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have been curious to the meaning of this song for quite some time. My cousin told me that he heard McCartney state that this song is about a very potent alcoholic drink that inevitably makes one puke after drinking it in excess. (Ketchup, soup and puree don't get left behind), means that what ever one has eaten prior to drinking this concoction is going to come up. "So I stood with a knot in my stomach", means one is ready to puke says my older cousin. My take on the song is somewhat similar except a little mor pleasant. It's about a guy getting drunk on this drink with his girl and can't really think straight because he is trying to prevent himself from getting sick. His girl is there and wanting him to just relax and make love to her and he will feel better. Thus comes the line, "When I leave my pajamas to Billy Budapest and I don't get the gist of your letter". Sounds mysteriously like McCartney when he first had sex with Linda. So to me it's about getting drunk and being with a girl.
    jrmansonon July 21, 2006   Link

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