Skid Row - Monkey Business - Meaning of the song
"Monkey Business" is a song by American heavy metal band Skid Row. It was released in June 1991 as the lead single from their second album, Slave to the Grind (1991). It was written by bandmates Rachel Bolan and Dave "The Snake" Sabo.
The song was the biggest hit on Slave to the Grind. Although the song did not appear on the US Billboard Hot 100, it reached number 13 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. The song also charted at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart.
Monkey business deals with addictions, the "kangaroo lady" is a woman who is an alcoholic. "The freaks come out at nine" refers to drug dealers. The vaseline gypsies might also refer to dealers but it's supposed to mean prostitutes. They're saying "whats this funk, that you call 'junk' (junk being slang for drugs.) "ain't your business if I got no monkey on my back" means it's nobodies business if I don't have a devil on my shoulder, meaning an addiction.
Monkey Business - Lyrics
Outside my window there's a Whole lot of trouble comin' The cartoon killers and the Rag cover clones Stack heels kickin' rhythm Of social circumcision Can't close the closet on Shoe box full of bones Kangaroo lady with her bourbon in a pouch Can't afford the rental on a bamboo couch Collecting back her favors 'cause her well is running dry I know her act is terminal, But she ain't gonna die Slim intoxicado drinkin' dime store hooch Is always in a circle with his part-time pooch Little creepy's playing dollies in the New York rain Thinkin' Bowie's just a knife Ooh the pain I ain't seen the sun since I don't know when The freaks come out at nine And it's twenty to ten What's this funk That you call junk To me it's just monkey business Blind man in the vox that will probably die The village kids laugh as they walk by A psycho is on the edge of this human garbage dump And the vultures in the sewers are telling Him to jump Into the fire from the frying pan Tripping on his tounge For a cool place to stand Where's this shade That you've got it made To me it's just monkey business Monkey business Slippin' on the track Monkey business Jungle in black Ain't your business if I got No monkey on my back Monkey business Slippin' on the track Monkey business Jungle in black Ain't your business If I got Monkey's on my back The vaseline gypsies and silicone souls Dressed to the society Hypocrite heartbeat and cheap alibis Can't get you by that monkey