Knopfler, Mark - Punish The Monkey Lyrics




They're driving long nails into coffins
You've been having sleepless nights
You've gone as quiet as a church mouse
And checking on your rights
The boss has hung you out to dry
And it looks as though
They'll punish the monkey
And let the organ grinder go

You've been talking to a lawyer
Are you going to pretend
That you and your employer
Are still the best of friends?
Somebody's going to take the fall
There's your quid pro quo
They'll punish the monkey
And let the organ grinder go

Here comes a policeman
He won't be sidetracked
He's asking about a smoking gun
He's after the facts

It's a quiet life from here on in
You've dropped your poison cup
The telephone is ringing
But you're not picking up
Time's up, Sir Lord Flunkey
And everybody knows
They'll punish the monkey
And let the organ grinder go





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Knopfler, Mark Punish The Monkey Comments
  1. Jon Levy

    Perfect for Sondland’s testimony today

  2. johnny zell

    They're driving long nails into coffins
    You've been having sleepless nights
    You've gone as quiet as a church mouse
    And checking on your rights
    The boss has hung you out to dry
    And it looks as though
    Punish the monkey
    And let the organ grinder go
    you've been talking to a lawyer
    Are you gonna pretend
    That you and your employer
    Are still the best of friends
    Somebody's gonna take the fall
    There's your quid pro quo
    Punish the monkey
    Punish the monkey, yeah
    Punish the monkey
    And let the organ grinder go
    Here comes a policeman
    He won't be sidetracked
    He's asking 'bout a smoking gun
    He's after the bad
    It's a quiet life from here on in
    You dropped your poisoned cup
    The telephone is ringing
    But you're not picking up
    Times I've said are flunky
    And everybody knows
    Punish the monkey
    (Punish the monkey)
    Punish the monkey, yeah
    (Punish the monkey)
    Punish the monkey
    And let the organ grinder go
    Punish the monkey
    (Punish the monkey)
    Punish the monkey, yeah
    (Punish the monkey)
    Punish the monkey
    And let the organ grinder go
    Punish the monkey
    Punish the monkey
    Punish the monkey
    Punish the monkey

  3. PT JWW

    Is this about masturbation??

  4. Rad MillerJr.

    There is no such thing as "best" guitarists. There ARE incredibly great ones such as Mark Knopfler. Remember, it isn't how fast or intricate you play, but how you present what you possess to listeners. This song entrances me every time I listen. the Radman

  5. jrflyrobin

    Relevant in today’s political environment in the US.

  6. Mithilesh Adhikari

    Mark characterizing Narcs.

  7. Ewertinio

    One of his greatest songs of all time! Yeah!! Real music!

  8. John Murray

    is this song racist now ??

    Noa Van voorthuisen

    John Murray i think youre the one being racist

    Colin Williams

    r/woooosh

    Bleu Skye

    @Noa Van voorthuisen Well now a days every thing is seen as racist.

    Eric G

    the monkey gets the money when the organ grind goes he is responsible for the money and not for the music. we shoot on the one that's not guilty but the real culprit is free now feel free to imagine situations where guilty people get off the hook ;)