Ricky's been kicking the gong
Lickety split didn't take too long
A junkie's sick
A monkey's strong
That's what's wrong

Well, I guess he's been messing around downtown
So sad to see the man losing ground
Winding down behind closed doors
On all fours

Mama, don't you call him my name
He can't hear you anymore
And even if he seems the same to you
That's a stranger to your door
Ask him what's he come here for

Oh my God, a monkey can move a man
Send him to hell
And home again
With an empty hand in the afternoon
Shooting for the moon

It's halfway sick
And it's halfway stoned
He'd sure like to kick
But it's too far gone
They wind him down with the methadone
He's all on his own

But baby, don't you throw your love away
I hate to seem unkind
It's only that I understand the man
That the monkey can leave behind
I used to think he was a friend of mine

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A Junkie's Lament song meanings
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    General Commentwhat album's this on?
    uncleegberton June 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts on "In the Pocket", a great album, but very "70's" sounding.
    piecesofcurbon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAutobiographical, about his struggle with drug abuse and addiction. Monkey is slang for a cigarette made from cocaine paste and tobacco.
    BobLon August 20, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningActually the monkey he refers to is a term used in the 70s to describe someone's addiction. They have a monkey on their back. Take it from me as a recovering addict myself that what it means. I have seen him live a few times and he has talked about it more then once. The monkey never lets go.
    baddpon September 22, 2010   Link

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