Porcelain Monkey Lyrics

Warren Zevon


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Jorge A. Calderon, Warren Zevon
album: Track 3 in album Life'll Kill Ya
release date: 2000-1-25
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length: 3:33

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Warren Zevon and Jorge Calderon, Zevon Music BMI/Googolplex Music BMI

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

Track Listing

  • 1 I Was in the House When the House Burned Down
  • 2 Life’ll Kill Ya
  • 3 Porcelain Monkey
  • 4 For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer
  • 5 I’ll Slow You Down
  • 6 Hostage-O
  • 7 Dirty Little Religion
  • 8 Back in the High Life Again
  • 9 My Shit’s Fucked Up
  • 10 Fistful of Rain
  • 11 Ourselves to Know
  • 12 Don’t Let Us Get Sick