Space monkey in the place to be
Lying in a rocket to a planet of sound
Shooting the man, playing dominoes and drag
An increasing population of 100 percent
Space monkey in the place to be
With a chemical appeal and a picture of Mary
Out on a limb in the carnival of me
Raising the temperature 100 degrees

We're sewn together
She's born to Mesmer
Beside I stride her
I die inside her

Space monkey in the place to be
A mass of contradictions in a golden frame
Raising the roof in a calamity way
Completely meretricious of a poke in the eye
Space monkey in the place to be
Talk of the town with a Columbian walk
Out on a limb in the carnival of me
Raising the temperature 100 degrees

We're sewn together
She's born to Mesmer
Beside I stride her
I die inside her
Its far to sacred
Don't ever fake it
And don't don't don't let me down

Like you let me down before
Like you let me down before

Space monkey in the place to be
With some free association and a hole in her head
Out on a limb in the carnival of me
Raising the temperature 100 degrees

We're sewn together
She's born to Mesmer
Beside I stride her
I die inside her
Its far to sacred
Don't ever fake it
And don't don't don't let me down

Like you let me down before [Repeats]


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Space Monkey Lyrics as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    My InterpretationThis song is the first song that I was almost giving up on trying to understand what it means. But then I gave it one more shot, and here's what I've come up with now.

    I think the global message of the song is: Fight for a stupid cause like a space monkey to avoid feeling numb will only lead to damnation (losing your moral compass).

    'Space monkey in the place to be' - I think the reference to Fight Club is essential for understanding this song. So 'Space Monkies' are the foot soldiers all wearing the same uniform. Tyler Durdan refers to them "Like a monkey ready to be shot into space!". Monkies are used for test runs because for Tyler they are stupid and easily replaceable, like all the men who follow him on Project Mayhem.

    In the song it says 'Riding in a rocket to a planet of sound'.
    This might refer to breaking away from their numb existence and finally, feel something again (hence all the fights in Fight Club until it grew to a bigger movement because Fight Club gained more and more power throughout the country).

    'Shooting the moon' is a change in the saying: 'Shooting for the moon'.
    They want to accomplish something, but instead of reaching a higher and noble goal, they burn the very place that starts revolving around them. And because they are all wearing uniforms, they are ' playing dominoes in drag'. Every action has a consequence and they still see it as a game to implement chaos into the world.

    'With a chemical peel and a picture of Mary' shows the contradiction that exists in the protagonist - like in Fight Club with Tyler Durdan and the narrator played by Edward Norton. The protagonist is wearing another skin while still holding on to believing he's doing the right thing. But he feels there's something off. There is some cognitive dissonance: 'Out on a limb in the carnival of me' because he doesn't know anymore who he truly is. And saying: 'Raising the temperature one hundred degrees' might refer to the threat of damnation that he's coming closer too. Like in Fight Club, damnation was at stake for the narrator if he can't defeat the villain inside of him (Tyler Durdan).

    In the chorus, he talks about being 'sown together' with a hypnotizing woman. Marla (Fight Club) was the character that proofed that the narrator was capable of having an intimate relationship, but who has a lot of growing up to do to be ready for this kind of relationship that could be more than just sex. And he needs her: 'And don't, and don't, and don't Let me down' because she's the one good thing in his life even though she has lots of problems of her own.

    The song has a different ending than Fight Club. While in Fight Club the narrator ended up with a hole in his cheek (he shot Tyler Durdan to get rid of him), in the song the woman ends up with 'a hole in her head'. After that line, we listen again to the line 'Raising the temperature one hundred degrees' which refers to being damned / in hell now.
    StoriesinSongs.comon January 19, 2020   Link

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