Green Monkey
Written by Dewey Bunnell, ©1973
Found on Hat Trick, Horse With No Name, and Highway.

When the deep blue night is running close on your track
And you can feel the green monkey crawlin' across your back
Don't take me so real that you forget how to feel
Don't let the threat of the dagger turn your heart into steel

Smell the perfume of the silent dream
Fly the ocean, read a story to me
Speak the wisdom of a redwood tree
Speak to me

So you think that star cluster shining bright in the sky
Will speak the fate of your evening, tell the truth to your lie
Don't let the features you read control the tickets you buy
Soon as you learn that you live, you're just beginning to die

Smell the perfume of the silent dream
Fly the ocean, read a story to me
Speak the wisdom of a redwood tree
Speak to me

Smell the perfume of the silent dream
Fly the ocean, read a story to me
Speak the wisdom of a redwood tree
Speak to me

Highway Highlight (from the box set booklet)
"Green Monkey" is another animal altogether. This upbeat Bunnell rocker is lent extra muscle by ex-James Gang/future-Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh's aggressive axemanship. "That's kind of my heavier song for that album," Dewey says. "I think the original chords were more Santana-ish, more Latin. It was kind of an angry song; the Watergate investigations were on TV every day, and I was getting a little more politically savvy. The song was saying, 'Stop being led around; speak your mind and stick your neck out.'"


Last Revised: 28 September 2000