Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head
Gorillaz Lyrics


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Once upon a time at the foot of a great mountain
There was a town where the people known as happy folk lived
Their very existence a mystery to the rest of the world
Obscured, as it was, by great clouds
Here they played out their peaceful lives
Innocent of the litany of excessive violence that was growing in the world below
To live in harmony with the spirit of the mountain called Monkey was enough
Then one day, strange folk arrived in the town
They came in camouflage, hidden behind dark glasses, but no one noticed them
They only saw shadows you see, without the truth to the eyes
The happy folk were blind

Falling out of aeroplanes and hiding out in holes
Waiting for the sunset to come, people going home
Jump out from behind them and shoot them in the head
Now everybody dancing, the dance of the dead
The dance of the dead, the dance of the dead

In time, the strange folk found their way into the higher reaches of the mountain
And it was there that they found the caves of unimaginable sincerity and beauty
By chance, they stumbled upon the place where all good souls come to rest
The strange folk, they coveted the jewels in these caves above all things
And soon they began to mine the mountain
It's rich seam fueling the chaos of their own world

Meanwhile, down in the town, the happy folk slept restlessly
Their dreams invaded by shadowy figures digging away at their souls
Every day, people would wake and stare at the mountain
Why was it bringing darkness into their lives?

And as the strange folk mined deeper and deeper into the mountain
Holes began to appear
Bringing with them a cold and bitter wind that chilled the very soul of the Monkey
For the first time, the happy folk felt fearful
For they knew that soon the monkey would stir from it's deep sleep
Then there came a sound, distant first, that grew into castrophany so immense
That it could be heard far away in space
There were no screams, there was no time
The mountain called Monkey had spoken
There was only fire, and then
Nothing

Oh little town in USA, the time has come to see
There's nothing you believe you want




But where were you when it all came down on me?
Did you call me out?

Overall Meaning

The song "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head" by Gorillaz tells the story of a happy folk town at the foot of a great mountain, and how their peaceful lives were interrupted by the arrival of some strange folk. These newcomers, hidden behind dark glasses and camouflage, were mining the mountain for its riches, causing darkness and chaos to spread throughout the town. The happy folk were blind to the true intentions of the strangers, and soon the mountain called Monkey stirred from its deep sleep, casting everything into fire and ultimately destroying the town. The lyrics depict the loss of innocence and the consequences of greed and ignorance, leaving the listener with a warning about the destruction humans can cause when they exploit nature and fail to recognize the consequences of their actions.


The song was released in 2005 as part of Gorillaz's album "Demon Days," and it features the vocals of British musician Dennis Hopper, who recites the story in a spoken-word format. The music incorporates elements of rock, hip-hop, and electronic music, creating a unique atmosphere that perfectly matches the dark and surreal story.


Line by Line Meaning

Once upon a time at the foot of a great mountain
At the base of a large mountain there was a town


There was a town where the people known as happy folk lived
The town was home to a group of people who lived happily and peacefully.


Their very existence a mystery to the rest of the world
The people in the town were unknown and not understood by outsiders.


Obscured, as it was, by great clouds
The town was difficult to see due to large clouds surrounding it.


Here they played out their peaceful lives
The residents lived their lives calmly and without conflict.


Innocent of the litany of excessive violence that was growing in the world below
The townspeople were unaware of the violence and turmoil present in the outside world.


To live in harmony with the spirit of the mountain called Monkey was enough
The residents were content to live in harmony with the mountain spirit named Monkey.


Then one day, strange folk arrived in the town
A group of unfamiliar people appeared in the town.


They came in camouflage, hidden behind dark glasses, but no one noticed them
Although the visitors wore disguises, the townspeople did not realize they were foreigners.


They only saw shadows you see, without the truth to the eyes
The residents could not see the true identity of the strangers, just their shadows.


The happy folk were blind
The townspeople could not see the true intentions of the strangers and were unaware of the danger they posed.


Falling out of aeroplanes and hiding out in holes
The strangers were parachuting and hiding in caves.


Waiting for the sunset to come, people going home
The visitors were waiting until people left the town to launch their attack.


Jump out from behind them and shoot them in the head
The strangers ambushed the townspeople and killed them with bullets.


Now everybody dancing, the dance of the dead
After the attack, the strangers celebrated amongst the corpses in a macabre dance.


In time, the strange folk found their way into the higher reaches of the mountain
Over time, the strangers made their way up the mountain.


And it was there that they found the caves of unimaginable sincerity and beauty
The strangers discovered a set of beautiful caves with a deep sense of honesty.


By chance, they stumbled upon the place where all good souls come to rest
The strangers coincidentally discovered a place where souls of the departed are laid to rest.


The strange folk, they coveted the jewels in these caves above all things
The visitors were most interested in the expensive items within the caves and desired them most.


And soon they began to mine the mountain
The strangers started mining the mountain for its resources.


It's rich seam fueling the chaos of their own world
The resources obtained fueled turmoil and chaos throughout the strangers' own world.


Meanwhile, down in the town, the happy folk slept restlessly
While the strangers were up the mountain, the townspeople slept uneasily.


Their dreams invaded by shadowy figures digging away at their souls
The townspeople's dreams were filled with insidious characters digging away at their souls.


Every day, people would wake and stare at the mountain
The residents of the town would often wake and gaze at the mountain.


Why was it bringing darkness into their lives?
The people wondered why the mountain was causing darkness in their lives.


And as the strange folk mined deeper and deeper into the mountain
As the strangers dug deeper into the mountain


Holes began to appear
Crevices started to form in the mountain.


Bringing with them a cold and bitter wind that chilled the very soul of the Monkey
These crevices brought a cold and bitter wind that affected Monkey's spirit.


For the first time, the happy folk felt fearful
The townspeople began to feel afraid for the first time.


For they knew that soon the monkey would stir from it's deep sleep
The people were aware that Monkey would soon awaken from its slumber.


Then there came a sound, distant first, that grew into castrophany so immense
A distant sound grew into a massive and catastrophic noise.


That it could be heard far away in space
The sound was so loud it could be heard throughout the entire universe.


There were no screams, there was no time
There was no opportunity to scream, and there wasn't enough time for a reaction.


The mountain called Monkey had spoken
Monkey's spirit was responsible for the destructive event.


There was only fire, and then
The only result was flames.


Nothing
The destructive event resulted in total destruction and emptiness.


Oh little town in USA, the time has come to see
A small town in the United States should understand what has happened.


There's nothing you believe you want
The town residents may think there isn't anything they need.


But where were you when it all came down on me?
The singer questions where everyone was when disaster struck.


Did you call me out?
The artist questions whether anyone notified them of the emergency.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DAMON ALBARN, JAMIE HEWLETT

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Lyrics
Once upon a time at the foot of a great mountain
There was a town where the people known as Happyfolk lived

Their very existence a mystery to the rest of the world
Obscured as it was by great clouds
Here they played out their peaceful lives
Innocent of the litany of excess and violence

That was growing in the world below

To live in harmony with

The spirit of the mountain called Monkey was enough

Then one day Strangefolk arrived in the town
They came in camouflaged

Hidden behind dark glasses and no one noticed them
They only saw shadows
You see without the truth of the eyes
The Happyfolk were blind
Falling out of aeroplanes and hiding out in holes
Waiting for the sunset to come people going home
Jump out from behind them and shoot them in the head
Now everybody dancing
The dance of the dead
The dance of the dead
The dance of the dead
In time Strangefolk found their way
Into the higher reaches of the mountain
And it was there that they found the caves
Of unimaginable sincerity and beauty
By chance they stumbled upon
The place where all good souls come to rest
The Strangefolk they coveted
The jewels in these caves above all things
And soon they began to mine the mountain
It's rich seam fueling the chaos of their own world
Meanwhile down in the town
The Happyfolk slept restlessly their dreams Invaded by shadowy figures
Digging away at their souls
Every day people would wake and stare at the mountain
Why was it bringing darkness into their lives?
And as the Strangefolk mined deeper and deeper into the mountain
Holes began to appear
Bringing with them a cold and bitter wind
That chilled the very soul of the Monkey
For the first time the Happyfolk felt fearful for
They knew that soon the Monkey would stir from it's deep sleep
Then there came a sound
Distant first it grew into castrophany
So immense that it could be heard far away in space
There were no screams there was no time
The mountain called Monkey had spoken
There was only fire
And then nothing
Oh a little town in the USA
The time has come to see
There's nothing you believe you are
But where were you when it all came down on me?
Did you call me? no



All comments from YouTube:

@cnut7383

I always assumed the strange folk were tactical military people stealing land from natives for resources but the tribal god hated that and killed them all

@cnut7383

or fracking or something caused the volcano to erupt

@MouseGoat

no mining not fracking, but yes fracking i also a way of greedily destroying stuff.

@trevorvaughan7143

i always thought it showed the greed of capitalism, and how they only wanted to make money off of the gems, but now that we know there's a mountain in vietnam that saw some action, and the way they happy people are dressed, it does make more sense

@nicklas425

Ben Staunton the creator of Gorillaz has stated that this song is about mining/fracking oil. Basically, he said "There will be lots of holes left after all the oils gone. But those holes can't stay empty forever"

@trevorvaughan7143

america gets to choose the fate of the WORLD? damn, we're fucked

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@locke6556

"There were no screams. There was no time. The mountain called 'monkey' had spoken. There was only fire. And then... nothing"

@inga-riot324

Eternal Anims Its kind of remind me of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ,i mean, people doesnt even get time for scream...

@castorsdoodliez

it was a volcano, some people might have been able to scream at least for a second

@MrHandss

@@castorsdoodliez depending on the size of volcano and type of eruption, they really might not have had any time, especially if they were that close to it. mt st helens killed dozens of people and some of them thought they weren't too close when it went off.

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