Shock The Monkey
Coal Chamber Lyrics


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Cover me when I run
Cover me threw the fire
Something knocked me out the Tree
Now I'm on my knees
Cover me Darling in please
Hey-A-Yay
Monkey, Monkey
Don't You Know You've Gotta Shock The Monkey
Hey Hey
Fox the Fox, Rat the Rat
You can ape the ape I'm know about that.
There is more thing you must be sure of
I can't take anymore Darling
Don't you monkey with the monkey
Wheels keep turning (Monkey!)
Somthings Burning
Shock!
I don't like it but I quess I'm learning
Can't have monkey.
Cover me when I sleep Cover me when I breath
Throw your pearls before the swine
You make the blind
Darling Please
Too much at stake
Monkey
Ground beneith me shake
Monkey
The news is breaking
Shock

Cover me when I run
Cover me threw the fire
Something knocked me out the Tree
Now I'm on my knees
Cover me Darling in please
Hey-A-Yay
Monkey, Monkey
Don't You Know You've Gotta Shock The Monkey
Hey Hey
Fox the Fox, Rat the Rat
You can ape the ape I'm know about that.
There is more thing you must be sure of
I can't take anymore Darling
Don't you monkey with the monkey
Wheels keep turning (Monkey!)
Somthings Burning
Shock!
I don't like it but I guess I'm learning
Can't have monkey.
Cover me when I sleep Cover me when I breath
Throw your pearls before the swine
You make the blind
Darling Please
Too much at stake
Monkey
Ground beneith me shake
Monkey




The news is breaking
Shock

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Coal Chamber's song Shock The Monkey provide a dark and cryptic vision with some socio-political undertones. The band's cover of the original song by Peter Gabriel retains the haunting and eerie mood of the original, but adds the signature aggressive and distorted guitars and vocals of Coal Chamber. The first verse talks about a protagonist who needs someone to cover them as they run and go through fire. However, they seem to get knocked down by something, symbolized by a tree, and end up on their knees, asking their beloved to cover them. Here, the monkey is introduced as a sign of trouble or chaos that needs to be shocked to be contained or controlled.


In the chorus, the monkey is directly addressed, with the lyrics repeating the phrase "Don't you know you've gotta shock the monkey." Here, the rat and the fox are also mentioned as imitators or competitors of the monkey, but the singer sees through their mimicry. The next verse talks about the stakes being high, with the ground shaking and the news breaking. However, the singer still pleads with their beloved to cover them as they sleep and breathe and to throw pearls before the swine, or to offer valuable things to unworthy recipients. The final verse closes with the repetition of the monkey being shocked, while the singer learns to deal with a situation they don't like but can't avoid.


Line by Line Meaning

Cover me when I run
Protect me while I flee


Cover me threw the fire
Shield me when I pass through the flames


Something knocked me out the Tree
I was toppled from my elevated state by some force


Now I'm on my knees
I'm in a subservient and vulnerable position


Cover me Darling in please
My dear, provide me with safety and shelter


Hey-A-Yay
Expressing excitement, enthusiasm, or anticipation


Monkey, Monkey
Referring to the mischievous, unpredictable creature


Don't You Know You've Gotta Shock The Monkey
You need to startle and confound that creature


Hey Hey
An exclamation of greeting or attention


Fox the Fox, Rat the Rat
Strategies for coping with the animal kingdom


You can ape the ape I'm know about that.
Imitate the imitator, but I've seen it all before


There is more thing you must be sure of
One additional point you need to be certain about


I can't take anymore Darling
I'm at my limit, my beloved


Don't you monkey with the monkey
Don't toy with the unpredictable creature


Wheels keep turning (Monkey!)
Life continues relentlessly, despite the chimpanzee's antics


Somthings Burning
Sense of something dangerous or disastrous on the horizon


Shock!
Startle and confound


I don't like it but I guess I'm learning
This is not pleasant, but I'm gaining experience


Can't have monkey.
Can't afford to tolerate that unstable element


Cover me when I sleep
Provide shelter while I rest


Cover me when I breath
Protect me while I inhale and exhale


Throw your pearls before the swine
Don't waste valuable resources on those who don't appreciate them


You make the blind
You reveal the truth to those who can't see it


Darling Please
My dear, I implore you


Too much at stake
There's too much to lose


Monkey
The unpredictable creature


Ground beneath me shake
I feel like the world is shifting


Monkey
The unpredictable creature


The news is breaking
Something important is happening


Shock
Startle and confound




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Written by: PETER GABRIEL

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Comments from YouTube:

@aRareKindOfMonster

When Ozzy sings, I have no problem understanding him. When he talks, all that goes out the window.

@Ycekhold

That's a textbook example of how speaking and singing aren't controlled by the same part of the brain.

@desmonddoolin2680

I understand him completely.

@timmyarnold3220

That's your fault. Just like e.f. huttin. When he sings,.. everyone listens

@claudiasofia144

Aaahahahah!!! Doesn't even sound the same person. 😉 I do admire greatly his work in the metal industry!

@rich9414

Even though post malone made him famous! Hahahaha fucking kids these days!! My kid knows who all the greats including the greatest Ozzy is!!

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@latifahgordeeva6198

Ozzy's vocals make this one of the best covers ever. I love when covers sound like the original but different enough to stand out.

@kt550

😂😂😂

@danieldusentrieb2076

if this is one of the best covers ever, then people should stop covering instantly. this is audio torture

@jedsteelwell2354

Lol have you listened to many covers?

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