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"Leave My Monkey Alone" is a single by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon from the Sentimental Hygiene album released in 1987. At track 10, the song serves as the album's closer. This song is different from the rest of the album with it's more dance/funk feel to it. The track also featured a guest appearance by Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

About Edit

The song's lyrics have been described as whites from Europe colonizing Africa, displacing the natives, and not caring to the damage they have done. A later re-release of Sentimental Hygiene featured a Spanish language version of the song.

Music Video Edit

A music video was made for this song in 1987. The video features odd animations of the lyrical themes and animated African animals and shows random, bright colors in the background throughout the song. There is also an animated television that appears and shows Warren singing at various points, seemingly emotionless. The video also features short, odd dance spots featuring George Clinton in the music video and also with Warren at some parts. (link to this video)

Music Edit

"Leave My Monkey Alone" is in the key of E minor. The song heavily features synthesizer and a straight 4/4 drum beat. Flea uses a bass guitar. The song has a very dace and funk feel to it. There are also many animal noises (mostly monkeys) featured in the song and a few unidentifiable extra percussive instruments. The song runs for 4 minutes and 12 seconds.

Lyrics Edit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone


Down in Kenya where the Masai roam

And the grass grows tall on the veldt

In our old colonial home

We drank our bitters while the empire fell


Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone


One day the Mau Mau came

All we had was lost

In our old colonial home

Under the Southern Cross


Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone


Down in Kenya where the Masai roam

And the grass grows tall on the veldt

In our old colonial home

We drank our bitters while the empire fell


Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone


The Mau Mau came in '52

The sun went down and we drew the drapes

In our old colonial home

We hid behind the Mau Mau gates


Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

Leave my monkey alone

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