Warren Zevon - Porcelain Monkey Lyrics

Warren Zevon Life'll Kill Ya cover art
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He was an accident waiting to happen
Most accidents happen at home
Maybe he should have gone out more often
Maybe he should have 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 figureine
He traded it in for a night in Las Vegas
And his face of velveteen

From a shotgun shack singing Pentacostal hymns
Through the wrought iron gate 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
Eatin' friend chicking 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 figureine
He traded it in for a night in Las Vegas
And his face of 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 figureine
He traded it in for a night in Las Vegas
And his face of velveteen

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 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


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Warren William Zevon, Jorge Calderon
    album: Track 3 in album Life'll Kill Ya
    release date: 2000-1-25
    popularity : 70 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Folk Rock/Acoustic
    length: 3:33
    Album Information
    label: Artemis Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    script: Latin