"Monkey Business" as written by and David Sabo Rachel Southworth....
Well, outside my window there's a
Whole lot of trouble comin'
The cartoon killers and the rag cover clones

Stack heals kickin' rhythm
Of social circumcision
Can't close the closet on a shoe box full of bones

Kangaroo lady with her bourbon in a pouch
Can't afford the rental on a bamboo couch
Collecting back her favors 'cause her well is running dry
I know her act is terminal but she ain't gonna die

Slim intoxicado drinkin' dime store hooch
Is always in a circle with his part-time pooch
Little creepy's playing dollies on the New York rain
Thinkin' Bowie's just a knife

Oh the pain I ain't seen the sun since I don't know when
The freaks come out at nine and it's twenty to ten
What's this funk that you call junk?
To me it's just monkey business (get back)

Blind man in the box that will probably die
The village kids laugh as they walk by
A psycho is on the edge of this human garbage dump
And the vultures in the sewers are telling him to jump

Into the fire from the frying pan
Tripping on his tongue for a cool place to stand
Where's this shade that you've got it made
To me it's just monkey business

(Monkey business) slippin' on the track
(Monkey business) jungle in black
(Ain't your business) if I got no monkey on my back

(Monkey business) slippin' on the track
(Monkey business) jungle in black
(Ain't your business) if I got no monkey on my back

The Vaseline gypsies and the silicone souls dressed to the society
Hypocrite heartbeat and cheap alibis can't get you by that monkey, m-m-monkey, monkey

(Monkey business) slippin' on the track
(Monkey business) jungle in black
(Ain't your business) if I got no monkey on my back

(Monkey business) slippin' on the track
(Monkey business) jungle in black
(Ain't your business) if I got no monkey on my back

(Monkey business) you can't tell me (monkey business) I got the business
(Ain't your business) no monkey on my back, yeah, yeah, cool
Monkey business, ness, business
Don't get me no business, oh aay


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"Monkey Business" as written by Rachel Bolan Southworth David Michael Sabo

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    My InterpretationI think this song might also be about addictions, the "kangaroo lady" is a woman who is an alcoholic. "The freaks come out at nine" refers to drug dealers. The vaseline gypsies might also refer to dealers but I think it's supposed to mean prostitutes. They're saying "whats this funk, that you call 'junk' (junk being slang for drugs.) "ain't your business if I got no monkey on my back" means it's nobodies business if I don't have a devil on my shoulder, meaning an addiction.


    gypsyXcurseon May 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDave 'Snake' Sabo of Skid Row: "I think 'Monkey Business' - sooner or later everything is gonna be bared on the table, you can't hide. The song has to do with being honest."
    Nikoz78on December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love the guitar for this song!!!!
    mercy666on August 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard this song i remember thinking it was going to be a slow song.. then booom! haha i loved that part.
    madimooo_16on January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLyrics are just awesome!definately sets the mood of the mean streets so to speak
    Rude dog65on February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's Skid Row talking about skid row. Hah. Love the riffs in this. Plus Sebastian's vocals rock.
    timesfiveon August 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like the opening riff which is played by Dave "the Snake"
    GorexMonsteron October 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! i also love the video to this song! skid row totally rocks!
    chelsear_2011on November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's James Southworth. He changed it to Rachel Bolen.
    archer1203on July 13, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI meant to say junk is slang for heroin.
    archer1203on July 13, 2016   Link

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