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"Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse" is a song by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon from the 1995 album Mutineer.

About Edit

The song describes the singer getting ready to visit a débutantes ball in hell.

Alongside Warren's other song Porcelain Monkey, Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse was included in the Austin Chronicles article "Monkeying Around". In the article, Melanie Haupt described the song by saying "As a religious icon, the monkey represents the devil and a whole slew of vices. What better way to celebrate this notorious rep than to describe getting ready for a 'debutante's ball' in hell? Written before his grim cancer diagnosis, 'Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse' is a triumph of Zevon's macabre wit as he surveys an apocalyptic party scene he knows we're all invited to in the end."

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.

Hell is only half full

Room for you and me

Looking for a new fool

Who's it gonna be?

It's the Dance of Shiva

It's the Débutantes ball

And everyone will be there

Who's anyone at all


Monkey wash donkey rinse

Going to a party in the center of the earth

Monkey wash donkey rinse

Honey, don't you want to go?


Monkey wash donkey rinse

Going to a party in the center of the earth

Monkey wash donkey rinse

Honey, don't you want to go?


Left eye, right eye

Take a look around

Everybody's heading

For a hole in the ground

And it's the Dance of Shiva

It's the Twilight of the Gods

Thunder and lightning

'Til the break of dawn


Monkey wash donkey rinse

Going to a party in the center of the earth

Monkey wash donkey rinse

Honey, don't you want to go?


Monkey wash donkey rinse

Going to a party in the center of the earth

Monkey wash donkey rinse

Honey, don't you want to go?


Monkey wash donkey rinse

Going to a party in the center of the earth

Monkey wash donkey rinse

Honey, don't you want to go?

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