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Peter Gabriel — Shock The Monkey
Album: Shaking the Tree: 16 Golden Greats
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Released: 1990
Length: 3:56
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Cover me when I run
Cover me through the fire
Something knocked me out the trees
Now I'm on my knees
Cover me, darling please

Hey, monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know you're going to shock the monkey, hey, hey

Fox the fox, rat on the rat
You can ape the ape, I know about that
There is one thing you must be sure of
I can't take any more
Darling, don't you monkey with the monkey

Hey, monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know you're going to shock the monkey, hey, hey
Shock the monkey, hey

(Monkey) Wheels keep turning
(A monkey) Something's burning
(Monkey) Don't like it, but I guess I'm learning

Shock, shock, shock
Watch the monkey get hurt, monkey
Shock, shock, shock
Watch the monkey get hurt, monkey

Cover me when I sleep
Cover me when I breathe
You throw your pearls before the swine
Make the monkey blind
Cover me, darling please

Hey, monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know you're going to shock the monkey, hey, hey
Shock the monkey, hey

(Monkey) Too much at stake
(A monkey) Ground beneath me shake
(Monkey) And the news is breaking

Shock, shock, shock
Watch the monkey get hurt, monkey
Shock, shock, shock
Watch the monkey get hurt, monkey

Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey, hey, hey
Shock the monkey

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Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps be dancing buck ass naked all over the mountains and beaches from sea to shining sea like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...  time flies when we're having fun...

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...


Everybody in my church loves this shocking song...
 

Still my mind...


 Magikal1act wrote:

The big question: will it continue? What will come next? Any guesses? Always best in threes if you ask me?
 
Who had Dave Matthews Band - Shake Me Like a Monkey?



We be dancing...  love it...

 
shock the monkey
I always thought this song was about lab monkeys used for testing...actually, he denies this and said it was a song about jealousy or something to that effect. 


This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
What's with the Monkey Business? :)


A true legend:)
 michaeleconomy wrote:
"Now Playing:
Peter Gabriel - Shock The Monkey
Mark Knopfler - Punish the Monkey"

... don't think we don't see whats going on here Bill! 
 
The big question: will it continue? What will come next? Any guesses? Always best in threes if you ask me?
 ThePoose wrote:
Whenever I hear this song, I harken back to a bit of dialogue on the old sitcom Cheers.
Frasier Crane's finacé, the usually-cold-as-dry-ice Lilith, had just been to a bachelorette party at which a Puerto Rican male stripper bared all and pulled some hijinks with his member—to the music of this song. Lilith said, ''From now on, whenever I hear Shock the Monkey, I will think of Raoul.''
 
And now so will I. (LOL). 
 michaeleconomy wrote:
"Now Playing:
Peter Gabriel - Shock The Monkey
Mark Knopfler - Punish the Monkey"

... don't think we don't see whats going on here Bill! 

 
Wait, wait.  What's going on, now?

"Now Playing:
Peter Gabriel - Shock The Monkey
Mark Knopfler - Punish the Monkey"

... don't think we don't see whats going on here Bill! 

My all time favorite song, ever. I have never tired of it and I don't think I ever will. 
ludwig7 wrote:
I'd always assumed this song was about animal rights or something, never having been able to fully make out the lyrics. But at that show he introduced it in a context that made it seem like it was more of an antiwar song or somesuch (I can't fully remember--the haze in my head at the time has combined with my hazy memory to blot it out). Anyone have the full scoop?
I remember reading somewhere once (there's solid info for ya') that he wrote this about his divorce.
Cruithne3753 wrote:
A sexual hand signal in conjunction with an infant oranutan . . . how is that even remotely appropriate?
Although I LOVE this song, I dont think its necessary to play it here, we can always hear it on the OTHER radio. . .
Whenever I hear this song, I harken back to a bit of dialogue on the old sitcom Cheers. Frasier Crane's finacé, the usually-cold-as-dry-ice Lilith, had just been to a bachelorette party at which a Puerto Rican male stripper bared all and pulled some hijinks with his member--to the music of this song. Lilith said, ''From now on, whenever I hear Shock the Monkey, I will think of Raoul.''
Stefen wrote:
Didn't the original video of this have a batch of monkeys in a white room or something?
Use this link to see the video or go to Google and type in "Shock the Monkey video": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70RNjLsuSk
This is the song that introduced me to Peter Gabriel, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. How I love that man. :heartkiss:
Cruithne3753 wrote:
Don't you just hate it when some smartass points out that you've posted a picture of an ape, not a monkey? Just think of it as "QC" for RP posts.
excuse me, but is it me or this is indeed just a very feeble pop song?
Cruithne3753 wrote:
the delicate art of utilizing "the shocker" hahaha :cheesygrin:
Didn't the original video of this have a batch of monkeys in a white room or something?
Mangoman wrote:
...music isn't about just making a few nice sounds over and over again. Pop song construction may not be brain surgery, but it's amazing how few pop musicians are truly gifted in it.
While I don't feel the same way you do about Gabriel or this song, it's a great point, conceptually. It's like pizza or biscuits (the Southern American kind, not cookies) - simple recipes. Deceptively simple. But it's a great discovery to find somebody who does it well. Sometimes the simplest things require the greatest effort to master.
Yes! :drummer: :dancingbanana:
Ouch! Stop it!
Mangoman wrote:
Pop song construction may not be brain surgery, but it's amazing how few pop musicians are truly gifted in it.
Thank God for that. I've never been big on formulaic, by-the-numbers pop. Glad Gabriel isn't either.
Spank the monkey!
ozzy's version is better :drunk: :skull: :war: :twisted:
TheJack wrote:
Enough Peter Gabriel!!!
:yell: No, there is never enough!
Enough Peter Gabriel!!!
connect the ape
This song will now forever remind me of Southpark. The episode when Wendy breaks up with Stan, and Stan is told if he wants to win here back all he has to do is go stand outside her house, and hold a boombox over his head playing a Peter Gabriel song. This is the some he plays.
ElSupreme wrote:
Do you have a lizanse for tha meenkee?
Dooz zyur munkey bite?
pope183 wrote:
who iz mounkey ? Do noot shook zee mounkey!
Do you have a lizanse for tha meenkee?
pope183 wrote:
who iz mounkey ? Do noot shook zee mounkey!
:lol: I still like this one even if it's overplayed.
Ham the chimp was not a monkey to monkey with for sure.
Don't you monkey with the monkey!
Avatard wrote:
Never felt this one.
Me neither. What did the monkey do to anyone? Spread ebola?
newwavegurly wrote:
Seriously, never heard a German version of this song.
Yea it's here at the oasis. Check this, it's kinda cool once you know the English lyrics.
What did he just say?....
mrselfdestruct wrote:
I'll set up a meeting between you two where you can teach him. Yep. It'll be awesome.
LMAO.
Mangoman wrote:
Someone needs to teach him that music isn't about just making a few nice sounds over and over again. Pop song construction may not be brain surgery, but it's amazing how few pop musicians are truly gifted in it.
I'll set up a meeting between you two where you can teach him. Yep. It'll be awesome.
Govi wrote:
This always sounds like the Isley Brothers to me. More Isley Brothers, please!
?? :eh: :eyes: :eh:
I for one, enjoy Peter Gabriel very much... however, this tune always seems to get way too much play.
This always sounds like the Isley Brothers to me. More Isley Brothers, please!
Mangoman wrote:
A typical Peter Gabriel formula-- Create a simple, easily digestible short musical phrase, say very little, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat... Repeat again. Someone needs to teach him that music isn't about just making a few nice sounds over and over again. Pop song construction may not be brain surgery, but it's amazing how few pop musicians are truly gifted in it.
And they say subtle humour is lost on Americans. I presume you are being humourous btw!!
who iz mounkey ? Do noot shook zee mounkey!
A typical Peter Gabriel formula-- Create a simple, easily digestible short musical phrase, say very little, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat... Repeat again. Someone needs to teach him that music isn't about just making a few nice sounds over and over again. Pop song construction may not be brain surgery, but it's amazing how few pop musicians are truly gifted in it.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Cool emoticon but RP plays waaay too much Peter Gabriel
That's like saying, ' There's waaay too much peace in this world'.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Cool emoticon but RP plays waaay too much Peter Gabriel
(emphasis added) no kidding.
psycholynx wrote:
Cool emoticon but RP plays waaay too much Peter Gabriel
I appreciate the contribution of Peter Gabriel to music, but sometimes simply cannot stand his histrionic voice. Too weird sometimes for me. :roll:
One of the best reminders of the 80's...
:clap:
masterhead wrote:
I also own a Gabriel's album in German, not this one but PG3, Peter seems to enjoy German
The German version of Security sounds half-assed produced to me. A lot of the polish and extra sounds are sorely lacking.
psycholynx wrote:
that is majorly COOOL!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: (pimp) (pimp) :mrgreen: (pimp) :mrgreen: (pimp)
masterhead wrote:
I also own a Gabriel's album in German, not this one but PG3, Peter seems to enjoy German
Probably a contractual obligation, like the Beatles' Spanish albums.
Get up and dance, yo! This ain't no disco, this is Radio Paradise! shhhhhhhhhhOCK
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newwavegurly wrote:
You sure you're not confusing this with Nena's "99 Luft/Red Balloons"? :lol: Seriously, never heard a German version of this song.
UPLOAD, please?
bev wrote:
I have this album (vinyl) in German. I like it better than the English version, as well. And I don't really speak much German. It's something to do with his phrasings and some of the music is a little crisper!
I also own a Gabriel's album in German, not this one but PG3, Peter seems to enjoy German
Never felt this one.
:cool:
Has matured nicely into a classic....and I couldn't stand it when it first came out. The video was disturbing. Peter Rules! Live version of STM is the best! A 10.
newwavegurly wrote:
You sure you're not confusing this with Nena's "99 Luft/Red Balloons"? :lol: Seriously, never heard a German version of this song.
I have this album (vinyl) in German. I like it better than the English version, as well. And I don't really speak much German. It's something to do with his phrasings and some of the music is a little crisper!
teadye wrote:
Great, but the version in German is better. As I remember it was played on the radio more than the English version when it first came out.
You sure you're not confusing this with Nena's "99 Luft/Red Balloons"? :lol: Seriously, never heard a German version of this song.
The clip to this song was played in HardRock Cafe in Belfast 2 weeks ago. A *very* nice surprise! Made the good diner even taste better.
Originally Posted by bluedot: saw peter the other night in irvine ca. he sang one song whilst riding around on a SEGWAY! insanely hilarious!
Yeah, I was at that show too. Boy, I wanna hang out in Peter's rec room. He who has the most toys wins, eh? I'd always assumed this song was about animal rights or something, never having been able to fully make out the lyrics. But at that show he introduced it in a context that made it seem like it was more of an antiwar song or somesuch (I can't fully remember--the haze in my head at the time has combined with my hazy memory to blot it out). Anyone have the full scoop? I could probably wade through his website, but I've already made my contribution to witness.org.
Great, but the version in German is better. As I remember it was played on the radio more than the English version when it first came out.
one of the most innovative visual and musical artistes of our time :clap: :clap: :) :) :cool: :cool: :bounce:
What can I say that hasn\'t been said. Peter is god. All hail Peter Gabriel!!!! \"Shock the monkey to life!!\" :clap:
saw peter the other night in irvine ca. he sang one song whilst riding around on a SEGWAY! insanely hilarious! go see peter. his new album is great and he's on top of his game! he puts on a very cool show... click here to see g.w. bush falling off a segway: https://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/030612/170/4dnhg.html
SCHOCK DEN AFFEN!
Originally Posted by pkeys: I also saw him in San Jose on what I think was the same tour. One of the best concerts I ever saw, and somewhere I think I still have his "Little Red Book" that he gave away on the tour stashed away. More early PG! How about some stuff from I & II?
I also saw him on what I think was the same tour. One of the best concerts I ever saw, and somewhere I think I still have his \"Little Red Book\" that he gave away on the tour stashed away. More early PG! How about some stuff from I & II?
Saw PG do this live at Hammersmith Odeon in 1984 on his Playtime 88 tour - brilliant piece of music theatre.