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Rank this week: 33 (↑13)
Duration: 2:56 (Wacky Ben) 
Release Date: 1972  (I B Emerson) 
Lyrics By: Tom T. Hall (I B Emerson) 
Music By: Tom T. Hall (I B Emerson) 
Produced By: Jerry Kennedy (I B Emerson) 
Released By: Mercury SR-61362 (I B Emerson) 
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  • Pop cultural refferences for 1972: "Brinkley" is David Brinkly, an NBC Nightly News anchor at the time, "the Carson show" is Johnny Carson, star of The Tonight Show. (Tim P. Ryan)
  • Song Lyrics:
    I was there on the day the monkey came into this world
    His face was round and reddish and his hair was slightly curled
    He didn't look too different from the others I had seen
    Who'd've thought he was the answer to the nation's dream

    At first he didn't seem to be intelligent at all
    Each time he'd start to walk about he'd stumble and he'd fall
    My first impression was to be a most mistaken thought
    Lord Almighty, what's this little hairy monkey wrought

    Because I witnessed his departure from his mother's womb
    I felt inclined to check his progress every afternoon
    One day the keeper of the Zoo called in the live TV
    Brinkley said I think you'll be amazed at what you'll see

    The monkey walked and talked and waved his arms about his head
    In the corner was a stack of books that he had read
    An Educated Monkey said the papers cross the land
    It was more than weary sociologists could stand

    Oh, his fame was universal, he was on the Carson Show
    People talked about him kindly everywhere he'd go
    His insight was amazing, his philosophy was fair
    He became a politician welcomed everywhere

    His wit was not to be compared with any mind intact
    He'd lace a phrase with irony and blend it all with fact
    Conservatives applauded and the liberals were entranced
    The bigots and the integrationists were in his camp

    Nobody dared to meet him in an open press debate
    He was nominated by the folks from every state
    Yes, a monkey was the President, though maybe not the first
    There was peace and harmony throughout the universe

    The dream I had last night has been related as it came
    As for interpretation, well it's really very plain
    Would you rather have a monkey up in Washington DC
    Or have those people making monkeys out of you and me
    (I B Emerson)
    Current Rating 9.2 (3 votes)
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