Full Of Monkeys

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


Song 13 off of our LP "Racially Yours", is "Full Of Monkeys". It was written on November 10th and completed on November 11th of 1991 at 9:45 P.M. The words and melody came to me as I was getting in my car to go somewhere. Before I could drive off, I knew I had to write it down, so I reached into the glove compartment and I wrote it down on a car repair ticket number (849). This is what I wrote down :<br&>

Original Lyrics


Now now it’s alright<br&> There’s been a change overnight<br&> Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle<br&> You might just have to be<br&> The white house is full of monkeys<br&>

I came inside, grabbed my acoustic guitar and started writing the song.<br&>

The chord progression for the verses is : D Major 7 / G Major (open) / D Major 7 / D Major / D Major 7 / G Major (open) / A (open) / D Major 7 / G Major (open) / D Major 7 / D Major / G Major (open) / G minor / G minor 5 / G minor / G minor 5 / G minor / G minor 5 / G minor / G minor 7 / G minor 5 / G 7 / G Major. The chord progression for the chorus is : G b minor / G Major / D Major / D Major 7 / D 6 / D Major / G b minor / G Major / D Major 7 / D Major / D Sus 2 / D Major / D Major 7 / G b minor / G major / A Sus 4 / A 7.<br&>

Here now are those animalesque lyrics questioning the skill level of one of our possible ancestors :<br&>

Album Lyrics


Now, now, now it’s alright<br&> There’s been a change overnight<br&> Well I’ll be a be a monkey’s uncle<br&> You just might have to be<br&> The white house is filled with monkeys<br&>

If they can’t read, how can they run the country?<br&> If they can’t write, they belong in the country<br&> If they can’t spell, to the zoo they will go<br&> G-o-o<br&>

In the oval office<br&> President swings from his tire<br&> He’s got an idea<br&> He’ll make this place match his face<br&> The black house is full of monkeys<br&>

If they can’t vote, how can they pick a banana?<br&> If they can’t count, how can they peel a banana?<br&> If they can’t spell b-a-n-a-n-a<br&>

If they can’t read, how can they run the country?<br&> If they can’t write, they belong in the country<br&> If they can’t spell to the zoo they will go<br&> Z-o-o<br&>

Notes


Now, now, now it’s alright, there’s been a change overnight. Relax and stay calm. As Grace Slick of The Jefferson Airplane once sang in their title song "Crown Of Creation", ("Life is change, how it differs from the rocks, I’ve seen their ways too often for my liking, new worlds to gain, my life is to survive for you, aah". Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle, you just might have to be, the white house is full of monkeys. I’ll be a monkey’s uncle is a cliche, that means not believing something happened or an expression of surprise at an event or outcome. This is the only song of mine that uses the word "uncle" in it. As you yourself have uncles as well, let’s be positive and call them all winners. "Look at the man that you’d call uncle", Elvis Costello sang. I met Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach at the Grammy’s. I asked for Elvis Costello’s autograph, while he was sitting in his seat next to Burt. He said, "Well don’t you want Burt’s autograph, as well". I said "Yes", it didn’t occur to me that he was sitting next to one of the greatest composers ever. My smile, so was wide on my face, finally having met (Elvis) one of my heroes. I told Elvis that a friend of mine had got Elvis’ autograph for me years ago, and that he had signed it, "To Jimmy, Good Luck With The Frogs". So Elvis said, "Good luck with The Frogs again". Upon seeing Elvis Costello’s LP "My Aim Is True," on the wall at 1812 Overture (a record store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and after purchasing the record, Elvis became a major influence on my work, and although somewhat noted, he is undoubtedly one of the best sonwriters ever. Watched the television show "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", with Mr. Illya Kuryakin and Mr. Napoleon Solo, in my youth, last week, in my secret life. The white house is full of monkeys. This may mean the people in charge are incompetent, but a word of caution here. Lou Reed on his live LP "Take No Prisoners", whilst in the middle of a rap onstage says, "Are you political Lou? Political about what? Give me an issue, I’ll give you a tissue, you can wipe my ass with it". I personally have the lowest passionate interest possible with regards to politics. My thrill level reaches all the way up to zero. If they can’t read, how can they run the country? I enjoy reading and learning about things that interest me. If they can’t write, they belong in the country. This line may be speaking to country bumpkins. I know on tour once, we heard a man say, "Let’s go out back and shoot the bingo". Talk about your kicks. Then again in Montana, I believe we heard another man get mad and say, "Dag Burnit". If they can’t spell, to the zoo they will go, g-o-o. Go is spelled go. I know this, because in 6th grade at Honey Creek Elementary School, I won the 6th grade spelling bee. I have been to 2 zoos, the Milwaukee and Toronto zoos. I loved the "Zoolander" movie. In the oval office, president swings from his tire. Oval office, so-called because of the tire he swings from. Sampson, who at some point passed, was a fan favorite gorilla, who worked the Milwaukee County Zoo. I did enjoy "Lancelot Link : Secret Chimp", on Saturday mornings in the early 1970’s. This was a live action film series, that featured a cast of chimpanzees given apparent speaking roles by overdubbing with human voices. That’ll do chimp, that’ll do. Loved "Planet Of The Apes", ’cause compared to the bugs and the spiders and the flies, I am an apeman. For I am just a monkey man and I’m glad you are a monkey woman, too babe. He’s got an idea, he’ll make this place match his face, the black house is full of monkeys. It sounds as if there is going to be some redecorating and Earl Scheib ( a Milwaukee auto painter legend ) is going to be involved, laying on a thick coat of glossy black paint. If they can’t vote, how can they pick a banana. I’ve voted twice in my life. Would I vote again? My interest level needs to soar to a lofty height first. If they can’t count, how can they peel a banana? I can count, but I have been told that I was challenged as a child, when it came to skipping. Let’s skip to the next line. If they can’t spell, b-a-n-a-n-a. I enjoy yellow bananas and being the baby of the family, mother used to make me special banana cream pies to satisfy my dessert fantasy urges. If they can’t read, how can they run the country. I used to run 3.6 miles a day. I did it in that beautiful climate, you know and love as Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My record was indoors at Vic Tanny, a health club now known as Bally’s Total Fitness, 208 times around the track for a grand total of 16 miles. My good friend and yours, Sebastian Bierk or Sebastian Bach as you know him, was quite impressed with the 16 mile figure. Sebastian is a monkey in Chinese astrology. If they can’t write, they belong in the country. I prefer the big city over green acres because of the excitement level. If they can’t spell, to the zoo they will go, z-o-o. Zoo is now spelt correctly at the end of the song. Education saved the day, he learned to speak and communicate.<br&>

The track "Full Of Monkeys", consists of vocals and acoustic guitar by myself and Dennis ...boards and drums.<br&>