Great Monkey Man has gone the distance
The lucky one's going to get it all
Loving life now
Living on top of
Lucky ones always get it all

Oh, I'm hungry
Don't wanna die like a little dog
Gonna take what I can get
I'm the Monkey Man
With the great, great monkey plan

It's crazy, crazy, little man
You've got yourself entangled

Oh, love to lie to myself
To say everything is fine now
We got to keep it up
Or fall behind
I got to keep it up
Or lose the edge we found there faster
I'll build higher, still higher
I dig deeper down 'til it's down in the ground
It's found, used up and then thrown out

Crazy, crazy little man
What do you think you're doing here?


Big, beautiful world just for us
Good use we must put it to
Any way I can think to use it up
What will I tell my grandson's grandsons?

I could weave a fairy tale
On a great Bible-thumping scale
When he stands empty hands
On his empty land
That's what happened here
Great, great Monkey Man

Where did you think grey was the color of this?
You think I don't know quite what to say
But I'm worried for myself in this

I'm hungry
Don't wanna die like a little dog
Well, I eat what I can get
From the Monkey Man
Great, great monkey plan

Crazy, crazy man
You get yourself turned in a pickle


Crazy, crazy Monkey Man
Who is the one in the middle


Take a walk
Cross the ice
Melts too quickly
For us to reach the other side

It's cold in here
But the sun shines bright, oh
It warms this up well
Oh, the tide is rising higher

Look, it's strange
Floating by
Looks just like ones that
Flow out and ride, oh, I will

Golden age
These golden times
Our golden days seem to have us
Hypnotized or blind, well


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    General CommentMAN DOES THIS SONG ROCK. This has to be one, if not my favourite, track off of LWS. I don't see how you can't like this song. I've always wondered what they say at the end, but I can never figure it out.
    FRoguy940on April 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree, this is one of his more lyrically profound songs; it has a lot of punch. I absolute adore the ending with the decrescendo.
    hoodedrobinon August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentman i wonder what could have been with this song. where would they have taken it with busted stuff?
    FRoguy940on August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about eveolution, but thats just me
    but this song rocks!
    -tom
    tskater666on April 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about evolution. its about how the human race started out with the simple desire to feed themselves and just as time progresses, so the the desires of the human race. they want to expand and build a religion. the end of the song is the monkey man dying on a icecap. good song...very deep
    ninno12on June 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentCarter is rockin out on this song..
    DMBFreak3641on December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCarter is rockin out on this song..
    DMBFreak3641on December 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti always felt this song might have political meaning, though i could be wrong & don't wish to start a debate

    however, i've heard some things said in live shows that are similar to the words of this song that definitely were of a political nature.
    nichieon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti disagree that it is about evolution...i think it has a similar message as the bs version of raven...check it out...it reminds me of this section especially

    Big, beautiful world just for us
    Good use we must put it to
    Any way I can think to use it up
    What will I tell my grandson's grandsons?

    I could weave a fairy tale
    On a great Bible-thumping scale
    When he stands empty hands
    On his empty land
    That's what happened here
    Great, great Monkey Man
    boarder911on May 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about humankind’s relentless, however ironic, pursuit of utopia. While humans “build higher, still higher” and “dig deeper down to the ground till its found” in an attempt to make their world better, they are in reality only fooling themselves, by destroying the gift that is Earth. “Crazy, crazy, Monkey Man, who is the one in the middle?” is borrowed from the children’s game “monkey in the middle.” We think that the world is our property, that it is essentially “in the middle,” when in fact, we as humans are the ones getting the short end of the stick in the long run because of our actions. Global warming.
    SolSedanoon July 16, 2010   Link

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