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Old July 17th, 2009, 11:58 PM
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I was having an 80's musical moment. So I went to youtube and listened to Shock the Monkey by Peter Gabriel. I used to really love this song, I still do. However, as I was listening to the song I realized I have no idea what the song is about. I know all the words and I have seen the video, but still no clue. What do you guys think this song is about? Is he just really mad at the monkey?
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I did a search and this is what I found.

Gabriel himself has described "Shock the Monkey" as "a love song" that examines how jealousy can release one's baser instincts; the monkey is not a literal monkey, but a metaphor for one's feelings of jealousy.
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Funny you ;should ask. I never liked the song, and certainly never understood it either. My thought is that the monkey (apes) would be shocked to see what man has evolved into (corporate stress), but hey, I like Hannibal's explanation a lot better!

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Rollerdonna - I love your interpretation and it opens up a world of possibilities - what if all pop songs were taken literally?

Losing My head Over You

Take a Piece of my Heart

Killing me Softly

Making Love out of Nothing at All

Lost in your eyes

I'm on Fire

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Losing my head over you...by Maria Antionette
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Old July 19th, 2009, 11:53 AM
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You guys crack me up.
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Take my breath away..by "the respiratory therapists"

hey, RD started this trend of thought
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you do know, we can have lots of fun with this thread




Betty Davis Eyes

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You guys reminded me of a radio announcer in Montreal years ago who used to play a game called "Under the Covers"....he would take any top hit of the day and add to it it, the phrase "under the covers'.

Using one of Paul's examples, Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Under the Covers!!"

I think you get my drift....

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RD..you are a sick sick sick woman but I like your "drift'
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You guys reminded me of a radio announcer in Montreal years ago who used to play a game called "Under the Covers"....he would take any top hit of the day and add to it it, the phrase "under the covers'.

Using one of Paul's examples, Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Under the Covers!!"

I think you get my drift....

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In honor of my good buddy RD

"Stayin Alive"...Bin Laden

"What Does It Take To Mend A Broken Heart" ..wife of South Carolina Gov.

"I Started A Joke"...Robin Williams

"You Should Be Dancing"..our own Cruise Queen

"Night Fever"...Dave the Wave & ______________

"How Deep Is Your Love" __________________

"If I Can't Have You" ____________________

'More Than A Woman" ...Rue Paul

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How Deep is Your Love - Under the Covers.....

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Oh RD that is so funny you mention that,,,

We have played this thing for years with Chinese fortune cookies,,,,

We always open them and read what it says and then add "between the sheets" It's the same ideal,,,,

Have had lots of laughs over the years from this,,,,
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If I Can't Have You under the covers
"If I Can't Have You" by Glenn Close from Fatal attraction (poor little bunny).
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