What have we done with innocence?
It disappeared with time, it never made much sense
Adolescent resident
Wasting another night on planning my revenge

One in ten
One in ten
One in ten

Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I'd rather leave than suffer this
I'll never be your monkey wrench

All this time to make amends
What do you do when all your enemies are friends?
Now and then I'll try to bend
Under pressure, wind up snapping in the end

One in ten
One in ten
One in ten

Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I'd rather leave than suffer this
I'll never be your monkey wrench

Temper
Temper
Temper

One last thing before I quit
I never wanted any more
Than I could fit into my head
I still remember every single word you said
And all the shit that somehow came along with it
Still, there's one thing that comforts me
Since I was always caged and now I'm free

Don't wanna be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I'd rather leave than suffer this
I'll never be your monkey wrench

Don't wanna be your monkey wrench (fall in, fall out)
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench (fall in, fall out)
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench (fall in, fall out)
Don't wanna be your monkey wrench


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Monkey Wrench Lyrics as written by Georg Ruthenberg David Grohl

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  • +7
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    to me, this song is pretty much the ultimate way of saying i've put up with so much shit from you and now i'm done with being nice to you, fuck you and fuck off, and i've wanted to say this to you for so long. pretty much all the lines mean something to me. to me, this is a song about how the anger is building up and you're thinking about losing it and then you finally do, even if it turns you into something you're not, and that when you're upset, you can say things you never thought you were capable of saying, but that it just had to happen. "what have we done with innocence", to me means that noone is too nice not to cop shit from arseholes. "it disappeared in time it never made much sense", that to some people nice doesn't exist. "adolescent resident", that you still behave like a kindergarten child despite the fact that you are an adult. "wasting another night on planning my revenge", that i'm thinking about a way to let you know that i've had enough and that i'm not having it anymore. "one in ten", that's pretty much the only line where it means nothing to me. "don't want to be your monkey wrench", i don't want to be your tool and be used by you. "one more indecent accident", that 1 more incident and i could explode. "i'd rather leave than suffer this", that i'm prepared to ditch friends to ditch arseholes. "i'll never be your monkey wrench", i'm done once and for all with you. "all this time to make amends", you've had so many chances to stop and even redeem yourself. "what do you do when all your enemies are friends", that the people that you hang around with are actually against you and you feel trapped. "now and then i'll try to bend", i have bent my arse over for you more often than not. "under pressure wind up snapping in the end", the pressure has gotten to me and i'm this close to exploding. "temper, temper, temper", there's someone telling me to calm down and control myself, but you know what, i have for so long and now this is what i want to say to you. "one last thing before i quit i never wanted anymore than i could fit intio my head i still remember every single word you said and all the shit that somehow came along with it still there's 1 thing that comforts me since i was always caged and now i'm free". the song was building up to that part, and that's how i feel, that bit where he yells and loses his temper is to me like saying i've held myself for so long but being nice hasn't worked, and that i was caged with no escape but now i'm free from you and your curse. ultimately this is probably a song about ending a relationship of some sort.

    anonymous86on February 07, 2008   Link
  • +5
    Song Fact

    Grohl told Mojo magazine January 2010 this is about the disintegration of his marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood: "It's about living with someone and feeling like you're living in a fu--ing cell. And then I wound up getting a divorce," he said.

    rmcgowan33on August 14, 2014   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    Dont Wanna be your monkey wrench = I refuse to let you make me your tool just to make your life easier

    plasmicfireon May 28, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Here's what Dave said about Monkey Wrench in an interview ...

    Dave Grohl: "This is a song about realising that you are the source of all of the problems in a relationship and you love the other person so much, you want to free them of the problem, which is actually yourself."

    It's about his ex-wife, they got divorced during the making of "The Colour and the Shape." album.

    intothegrinder2on May 31, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    1 in 10 friendships fail. Now whether those are the statistics and whether that's what the Foo Fighters or the individual thinks is up to them. It sounds good enough to me.

    anonymous86on May 06, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    "Monkey Wrench is a song about realising that you are the source of all of the problems in a relationship and you love the other person so much, you want to free them of the problem, which is actually yourself." -Dave

    thats from fftabs.com

    foofighter92on December 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    this song is without a doubt about the state the media left grunge bands in, and record companies bacame pressurising and using bands to market shit, thats why he "dont wanna be your monkey wrench"

    Mikee_Beeon April 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    What???

    What the hell are you talking about One in ten of my fingers has a wart on it, does that mean the song is about warts???

    Foo Ruleson September 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Basically its either: -Not wanting to be used. -Not wanting to be the one who causes problems and slows the other down. -Or not wanting to just be another "tool in the shed", so to speak.

    MF2007on March 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
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    i think Dave Grohl just has an obsession with monkey wrenches. or u guys could be right i guess. but i like my answer better

    WarriorofChaoson August 01, 2008   Link

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