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What is 'Monkey' about?
19 November 2017
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Father McKenzie
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This has always bugged me. When i first heard it,I assumed John was talking about his heroin addiction,but I've also read that the song is actually about masturbation.

 

Do any of you know for sure,or have any theories of your own?

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19 November 2017
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While many have, over the years, suggested this song was about John's heroin use, as covered by Joe in his song article, according to John the song was about his relationship with Yoko, and the response of those around them to the way their relationship was playing out:

That was just a sort of nice line that I made into a song. It was about me and Yoko. Everybody seemed to be paranoid except for us two, who were in the glow of love. Everything is clear and open when you're in love. Everybody was sort of tense around us: you know, "What is she doing here at the session? Why is she with him?" All this sort of madness is going on around us because we just happened to want to be together all the time.

While the "monkey" in the song may have been a heroin reference, if John's to be believed, it's just a part of the backdrop to a lyric about relationships, new and old.

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19 November 2017
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@Ron Nasty: Thanks for that, that's really interesting. The song actually makes more sense to me now knowing that. Thanks for the link too paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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