"Monkey On My Back" as written by Joe Perry and Steven Tyler....
Woe is me
Well I been dyin'
Got to get that monkey off my back

The fortune teller looked into my eyeballs
The wrinkles on her face about to crack
She said you best believe it, you ain't goin' nowhere
Unless you get that monkey off your back

Well, I made believe the devil made me do it
I was the evil leader of the pack
You best believe I had it all and then I blew it
Feedin' that fuckin' monkey on my back

Ahh, if you put it in a spoon man I would boot it
Some king whose mental house was just a shack
Where do you draw the line
When all your friends are dyin'
Got to get that monkey off your back
Uh uh uh uh uh uh uh

Your crystal ball is where you chase the dragon
She said now bring me home his head inside a sack
But now you find your crystal balls are draggin'
Uh uh uh, got to get that monkey off your back


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"Monkey on My Back" as written by Steven Tyler Joe Perry

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    General CommentThis is their own way of sending their message that drugs arent the way.the monkey refers to the drugs, dragging you down whever, and you jsut keep feeding it but it wont go away, and it stops you from moving forward."when all your friends are dying" shows that the effects of teh drugs is killing off your friendships, destroying your life. As musicians, they need to appeal to their audience, so the age old"jsut say no" line wont work on the kids who listen to them, so they have to be more harsh"feedin that fuckin monkey on my back"
    MrHardeharon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe lyric "feeding that fuckin' monkey on my back" is probably instead "feeding that funky monkey on my back" in spite of about everyone on the net citing "fuckin'". Listen to it, I have about 1000 times. The word rhymes with monkey. A funky monkey would mean he is confused by it, fuckin' is he's mad. Either way, it ain't good.

    This song comes on a fine album, "Pump." Part of the Aerosmith comeback starting in the later 80s, with "Permanent Vacation," and then "Get a Grip" after Pump came out. Aerosmith's best stuff, IMO.
    Slash01on January 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlove this song, funny how it still has relevance to the band today. I say, just for kicks why not use this as the show opener on the next tour. How appropriate that would be.
    dcfunkon October 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've only heard the live
    version on the cd "A little south of sanity"
    I like it
    when I was like 10 me
    and my bestfriend loved
    this song cause of
    Tyler's voice, when he said monkey.
    lol :)
    darbynicoleXDon June 09, 2009   Link

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