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Porcelain-Monkey

The Porcelain Monkey

"Porcelain Monkey" is a song by Warren Zevon and Jorge Calderón from the album Life'll Kill Ya.

About the Song Edit

The song itself is an homage to the singer Elvis Presley, specifically referring to his fall from grace. The song was inspired by a postcard possessed by Jorge Calderón that depicted Graceland's TV room as is mentioned in the song. While Jorge was working with Zevon on a never completed "violent and terrible song", Warren noticed the postcard and asked about it. In the center of the room, on the coffee table, was a white porcelain monkey figurine with onyx eyes. Coincidentally, the songs "Gorilla", "Gorilla, You're a Desperado", "Leave My Monkey Alone", and "Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse" also mentioned monkeys and other primates. The song "Jesus Mentioned" is also supposedly a homage to Elvis.

Song 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.

He was an accident waiting to happen

Most accidents happen at home

Maybe he should've gone out more often

Maybe he should've answered the phone


Hip-shakin' shoutin' in gold lame'

That's how he earned his regal sobriquet

Then he threw it all away

For a porcelain monkey


He threw it away for a porcelain monkey

Gave it all up for a figurine

He traded it in for a night in Las Vegas

And his face on velveteen


From a shotgun shack singing Pentecostal hymns

Through the wrought iron gates to the TV room

He had a little world, it was smaller than your hand

It's a rockabilly ride from the glitter to the gloom


Left behind by the latest trends

Eating fried chicken with his regicidal friends

That's how the story ends

With a porcelain monkey


He threw it away for a porcelain monkey

Gave it all up for a figurine

He traded it in for a night in Las Vegas

And his face on velveteen


Hip-shakin' shoutin' in gold lame'

That's how he earned his regal sobriquet

Then he threw it all away

For a porcelain monkey


He threw it away for a porcelain monkey

Gave it all up for a figurine

He traded it in for a night in Las Vegas

And his face on velveteen

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