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Pixies — Monkey Gone To Heaven
Album: Death To The Pixies 1987-1991
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Released: 1991
Length: 2:52
Plays (last 30 days): 4
There was a guy
An under water guy who controlled the sea
Got killed by ten million pounds of sludge
From New York and New Jersey

This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven

The creature in the sky
Got sucked in a hole
Now there's a hole in the sky

And the ground's not cold
And if the ground's not cold
Everything is gonna burn
We'll all take turns, I'll get mine too

This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven

Rock me Joseph, Alberto, Santiago

If Man is five, if Man is five, if Man is five
Then the Devil is six, then the Devil is six
The Devil is six, the Devil is six and if the Devil is six
Then God is seven , then God is seven

This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
This monkey's gone to Heaven
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 fuvanwyk wrote:

That's hysterical, man! The day's before lyrics were easy to come by...
 

 ziggytrix wrote:
I always thought the opening line was "There was a god, and underwater god who controlled the sea." Ya know, like Poseidon? And I'd sing along "there was a guy" like I was making fun of Frank's enunciation. Turns out I was just singing along correctly the whole time. {#Eek}
 

the Devil is 2020

God is still 7
Fabulous 👍
Best religious song I've ever heard.
Pixies can do no wrong imo
yeah thanks RP, godlike this 
Baseline and overall sound evoke Invisible Sun by the Police. Love it!
 RadioDoc wrote:
ellenaut wrote:
this is another one of those embarrassing moments where I start to enjoy the the item I previously disliked.
Cultural growth and honing of taste is never something to be embarrassed about.
 

absolutely right. the inability to change one's mind in light of new evidence or refinement in taste is a barrier to growth and enlightenment.
Hmmm, I Always felt they were the modern embodiment of T-Rex, myself!!

 
coarsely_ground wrote:
All derivations from the source: Lou and Velvet.  Not bad, Pixies.
 

One of the most important bands of the era. How this is less than a solid 10 I will NEVER understand. "Rock me Joe!"
'This monkey's gone to Devon' - as sung whenever I go south of the border from Dorset
I always thought the opening line was "There was a god, and underwater god who controlled the sea." Ya know, like Poseidon? And I'd sing along "there was a guy" like I was making fun of Frank's enunciation. Turns out I was just singing along correctly the whole time. {#Eek}
 Grammarcop wrote:
Apeman —> Monkey Gone to Heaven. 

I see what you did there, Bill! 
 
Need to follow this with some Arctic Monkeys.
❤️ the bass line
And if God is 7

then THIS IS 8!

then THIS IS 8!

then THIS IS 8!
Apeman --> Monkey Gone to Heaven. 

I see what you did there, Bill! 
Hah,  I just took a little puff off some Big Bubba Diesel and just as the bing sets in this comes on.  up goes the volume  and as I  wright this The Dead comes on.  Might be a tough Monday.{#Cheers} —->{#Bounce}——> {#Fever} 


All derivations from the source: Lou and Velvet.  Not bad, Pixies.
Great hooks and singalong
 coloradojohn wrote:
One of the weirdest, wildest groups ever... A unique combination of raw talent, unhinged imagination, fiery passion, and love of grunge!

 
And one of the most unlikely looking front men - he looked like he should be stacking shelves in Walmart in some small town.
Image result for the pixies gif
One of the weirdest, wildest groups ever... A unique combination of raw talent, unhinged imagination, fiery passion, and love of grunge!
 Dazzerb wrote:
I have tickets to see them in July which will be my first Pixie's concert since 1992!

 
oh wow, i'd love to see them. 
I've never know why I like this tune so much - it's perverse. & it should never be followed by Counting Crows - what a let down.
 leathepea wrote:
Is that Johnette Napolitano on backing vocals? I hear a bit of Concrete Blonde.

 
I'm pretty sure the only other vocals are just Kim Deal's.
One of their best!
Is that Johnette Napolitano on backing vocals? I hear a bit of Concrete Blonde.
I have tickets to see them in July which will be my first Pixie's concert since 1992!
good one Bill

Some man keeps them in the same family tree.
   Thinks then they'll get two fly sky accounts.
                   Crew talking
      Same man thinks nothing at all.
      And manages to look surprised.


disc 2 of this package has a most excellent live show from 1990
that alone is worth the purchase 
And the set just gets better   Music from my home town thanks again Bill.  Time for another Piña Colada.  
Can never play too much Pixies!
 sandpebble wrote:
Any Jim Carroll fans out there?

 
Yes!  This track is reminiscent of Jim Carroll.  Especially the vocal delivery. 

Saw him in Rochester, NY. Stood right in front of the stage. Couldn't hear right for several days afterward.  
FRANK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where's the Social D next?
 TerryS wrote:

Oh cut him a little slack. It's really hard to find a picture of a Bonobo going to Heaven, after all they do it face to face, just like humans.

 
Terry, should I mail you a copy of the Kama Sutra for some new ideas? 

Also (perhaps this is a shock)....the song ain't about sex!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_Gone_to_Heaven 
Any Jim Carroll fans out there?
 treehugger wrote:

I don't get it. That's a chimpanzee pictured above, but the song is about a monkey.  

 
Oh cut him a little slack. It's really hard to find a picture of a Bonobo going to Heaven, after all they do it face to face, just like humans.
 sadhugeorge wrote:
Couldn't mute
this song fast enough
 

 
It is quite painful.
Couldn't mute
this song fast enough
 
 unclehud wrote:
Any interpretations on this lyric?
 
If Man is five, then the Devil is six, then God is seven

 
Hebrew numerology?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_Gone_to_Heaven

Overall, in my view, a metaphysical chant.....one poorly done. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Any interpretations on this lyric?
 
If Man is five, then the Devil is six, then God is seven
 Papernapkin wrote:
Terrible song. Just drones on without wit or style. Played a lot.

 
Well, that's what I think too, but if you look at the ratings, we are way in the minority. So they obviously have something that we don't hear. Surely worth the wait (on mute) to hear what Bill/Rebecca will play next on this wonderful station. 
 soulcollision wrote:
yessss, I have been waiting weeks to hear this!

 

hopefully it will decades before it is inflicted on the rest of us.....
spare me from badly screaming idiots & junkys.......
I must say, I don't like the Pixies, but I do like this...8!
 a_genuine_find wrote:
 
I don't get it. That's a chimpanzee pictured above, but the song is about a monkey.  
Terrible song. Just drones on without wit or style. Played a lot.
 sirdroseph wrote:


Seeing how they are one of the most influential "college Indie" bands of all time, I would say that they do not need day jobs.{#Rolleyes}
 
I read that a lot.  Honestly, I find it utterly incomprehensible.  They are not that good.
I think they are singing "this monk has gone to heaven."  It's gotta be a play on words either way.
yessss, I have been waiting weeks to hear this!
Monkey!
holy cow ! lmao!
If God is 7 then this song is 9.
Love this tune
Always a great contribution. And always loved the obvious Lou Reed-style vocals.
This monkey's gone to heaven too - nice blast from the past
 CascadianPDX wrote:
If this is the best the Pixies have to offer, then I hope they have day jobs.
 

Seeing how they are one of the most influential "college Indie" bands of all time, I would say that they do not need day jobs.{#Rolleyes}
 Giselle62 wrote:
this is their most "pop" song! get their albums if you like the dynamics and quirky lyrics.
 

arguably the most pop. I'd vote for Here Comes Your Man,  though as poppier

Song reminds me on the recent disaster in Japan, and makes me wondering what is man's place in the Universe?
Greetings from Serbia!

 CascadianPDX wrote:
If this is the best the Pixies have to offer, then I hope they have day jobs.
 
This song is at almost twenty-five years old, hardly a new "offering".  The members of the band have gone on to quite successful careers and probably need not worry about "day jobs".  Maybe you should learn a little something about music history before you make a pointless statement.

Did anyone hear where that monkey went....?
 CascadianPDX wrote:
If this is the best the Pixies have to offer, then I hope they have day jobs.
 

Given all the hits they've had and all the $$$ they've made, I think the Pixies don't need to work anymore. 

But it's nice of you to think about them. 


GREAT SET!
The Church - Reptile
Neil Young - Throw Your Hatred Down
The Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven

Despite the screeching, this song grows on me more every time I hear it. 7>8
I had an odd dream last night that I had to listen to this song, and that I didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do.   It's like a dream come true!
I bought this album from eBay, surely one of the best music recordings ever. Kim Deal has dealt some of the best basslines in music history.
Classic!!
Reminds me of Jim Carroll's "Work Not Play"
 a_genuine_find wrote:

  I LOVE this picture, bravo {#Clap} a genuine find :)
and the tune too...



this is their most "pop" song! get their albums if you like the dynamics and quirky lyrics.
If this is the best the Pixies have to offer, then I hope they have day jobs.
 ziggytrix wrote:
I'd rate this 7!
I'd rate this 7!
I'd rate this 7!

actually, I just bumped it up to 8... {#Redface}
 

I rate this a 10!
I rate this a 10!
I rate this a 10!

actually, I just bumped it up to 11..{#Twisted}

I still remember seeing The Pixies for the first time on David Sanborn's "Night Music" broadcast out of NYC late on Sunday nights. I was up, denying the need for sleep, a Sunday in early 1990. It - the band, and the show - was ELECTRIFYING. The hair stood up on the back of my neck. Black Francis made me a believer that night. God WAS 7! I hadn't known!    And I did not need sleep.

I first heard this song on RP.  "What a great Lou Reeds song," I thought.

I've since made up for this gap in my rock education by buying The Pixie's CDs.  Thanks, Bill!

This is one song I can listen to, back-to-back, over and over again . . . It must scratch somewhere deep I itch.


 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Whoops, he repeats "devil is 6" a total of 5 times, making for 66666...the number of the obese-t?

Stop thinking Revelation, start thinking Gnosticism and alchemy.
 
You are right! It turns out that I'm a math challenged atheist. {#Lol}

Good to see The Pixies finally getting their due. They were criminally under the radar back in the day.
 rtrudeau wrote:

No no no no no ... that's like saying "cancer or heart attack, you choose."  I pick NONE OF THE ABOVE.
 
I'll take heart attack for 5, Bob, which pretty much tells you which one I equate with excelsior. . .

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Mathematics for true believers:

Man is 5, repeated twice > 555
Devil is 6, repeated twice > 666
God is 7, repeated twice > 777
 
Whoops, he repeats "devil is 6" a total of 5 times, making for 66666...the number of the obese-t?

Stop thinking Revelation, start thinking Gnosticism and alchemy. 




 The sound of "The Velvet Underground" floats in from my old crystal radio set... circa:  1967
I'd rate this 7!
I'd rate this 7!
I'd rate this 7!

actually, I just bumped it up to 8... {#Redface}
teliko wrote:

Indeed a great band and a very cool song, but certainly not one of the lesser known tunes of theirs, in fact this is one of their most well-known songs.


In fact I'd almost go as far as to mention the "O" word. But I won't because I don't want to start off a series of posts
detailing the exact frequency which this song comes up on RP.

Pixies are a great find. Check out their documentary loudQUIETloud to get a fuller picture of this wonderful band from Boston. 
YAY pixies!
 lemmoth wrote:
Great band, very cool and lesser known tune.

A definite 9.

 
Indeed a great band and a very cool song, but certainly not one of the lesser known tunes of theirs, in fact this is one of their most well-known songs.

ESSENTIAL LATE EIGHTIES COMICBOOK STORE BACKING TRACK
:P
 mooseisadick wrote:
"This MOOSE is going to heaven,"
"This MOOSE is going to heaven,"
La De Da La De Da
 
Why MOOSE? You're already in Paradise... {#Lol}
 jameyp wrote:
wonderful wonderful wonderful {#Daisy}
 

indeed!
Mathematics for true believers:

Man is 5, repeated twice > 555
Devil is 6, repeated twice > 666
God is 7, repeated twice > 777
wonderful wonderful wonderful {#Daisy}
One of my favorite work-out songs for the elliptical — except that I invariably end up singing and my 14-year-old son looks at me like I've gone round the bend!  Or maybe just to heaven ....{#Lol}
"This MOOSE is going to heaven,"
"This MOOSE is going to heaven,"
La De Da La De Da
Funny, since this was the first album of theirs I ever owned (and was probably the big single off the album) it doesn't seem lesser known to me (but then, I was late to the game as I often am).  Totally agree on it being cool.  I guess I'd consider "Cactus" a lesser known song (plus one of my favorites). Such a perverted little tune.

 lemmoth wrote:
Great band, very cool and lesser known tune.

A definite 9.

Great band, very cool and lesser known tune.

A definite 9.

 MsJudi wrote:
This song taught me 1) that my keyboard has a mute button, and 2) that I can find it quickly, when needed.
 

Hi,
Je ne suis pas OK avec toi sur The Pixies. They were a major alternatve band at late 80's. A real good mix of American with English feeling, coming from Boston.Are they the meaning of Mayflower boat ??
I do know.....indeed .... it's a very good band with heavy feel inside their heart.Yours. GrandKroKro from Lyons, France.....................


the Pixies kill me, I absolutely love them... this is not my favorite,  dunno which is - soft spots for Gouge Away, Distance =Rate x time( I HAD ME A VISION, THERE WASN'T ANY TELEVISION, FROM LOOKING INTO THE SUUUUNNN!) , Santo, Where is my mind,  I love Debaser ... The Pixies " all the rage of Chaos pulling on a junkyard dog's chain, but with harmony"
This song taught me 1) that my keyboard has a mute button, and 2) that I can find it quickly, when needed.
Thank you Radio Paradise for introducing me to a broad range of music, and helping to open my mind, musically. Case in point, the Pixies. I hated them this time last year. This song started out as a 1 for me and has slowly edged its way up to 10. {#Angel} Turn it up!
A few years back I was stuck on a rubber tree plantation for over a week in the middle of Sumatra.  This song and a few other Pixies' tunes were one of the few connections I had with the Western world.  I'll always have a soft spot for it.

 vandal wrote:

absolutely, and it really bothers me that I agree. . . PG, you are sorely missed - please come back and replace Excelsior. . . 
 
No no no no no ... that's like saying "cancer or heart attack, you choose."  I pick NONE OF THE ABOVE.
Excelsior wrote:
I have yet to hear any scrap of talent in a song by this band.

{#Lol} Sorry to  hear  about your ears.

Awesome punk goodness.
WonderLizard wrote:

Now that we have this level of wit and erudition to deal with, admit it: don'cha sorta miss PG?

absolutely, and it really bothers me that I agree. . . PG, you are sorely missed - please come back and replace Excelsior. . .

    {#Pray}


 Excelsior wrote:
Fourth-grade lyrics and fifth-grade musicianship. A solid one.
 
Now that we have this level of wit and erudition to deal with, admit it: don'cha sorta miss PG?


mmmmmmmm nice
godlike

Frank Black wrote deep, insightful lyrics, and anyone who disagrees is a tool??

Lyrics like "Before I died, I took my Honda And packed it up, up, up to Arizona (honey)

and

"all i'm saying pretty baby la la love you don't mean maybe"??

 out_to_lunch wrote:
wow. You're a tool.
 


 diazo wrote:


This is your third nasty comment on this song since May of this year.  Yet the average rating remains 7.5.  Maybe you should let it go. 
 
Right on, great song ,great band

 Excelsior wrote:
Fourth-grade lyrics and fifth-grade musicianship. A solid one.
 

This is your third nasty comment on this song since May of this year.  Yet the average rating remains 7.5.  Maybe you should let it go. 
 Excelsior wrote:
I have yet to hear any scrap of talent in a song by this band.
 
cuz you're lookin' for scraps in a full buffet o' talent!
Thumbs up, baby. Consummate Boston rock. With an attitude and an edge.
{#Bounce}
Fourth-grade lyrics and fifth-grade musicianship. A solid one.
What a funny song. It reminds me of Project X the movie.
Mark_Moosier wrote:
For me, the Pixies set in slowly, but once they did, they became a necessity of life. As with bands like Nirvana, liking the Pixies is not about "getting" them, at least not lyrically.
wow. You're a tool.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Sha-BAM! :lol: :think: I thought you liked music. Musta been someone else. :runsaway:
I though you knew it when you heard it! :runsotherdirection: :lol:
You almost expect The Pixie's to be some sort of pop girl band. Wrong!
I have yet to hear any scrap of talent in a song by this band.
Black Francis, Frank Black...whatever... It was all good.