Traveling Wilburys

Tweeter And The Monkey Man

Traveling Wilburys

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Tweeter And The Monkey Man

	  		(Am)Tweeter and the Monkey Man were (G)hard up for cash 
They (F)stayed up all night selling (Am)cocaine and hash 
To an undercover cop who had a (G)sister named Jan 
For (F)reasons unexplained she loved the (Am)Monkey Man. 

Tweeter was a boy scout before she went to Vietnam 
And found out the hard way, nobody gives a damn (good line) 
They knew that they found freedom just across that Jersey line 
So they hopped into a stolen car took Highway 99 

still AmAnd the walls came down.. (Em)All the way to hell.. 
Never D7)saw them when they're standing 
Never (Am)saw them when they fell 

(Chorus 2,3,4 play riff, then D Am after this) 

The undercover cop never liked the Monkey Man 
Even back in childhood he wanted to see him in the can 
Jan got married at fourteen to a rackateer named Bill 
She made secret calls to the Monkey Man from a mansion on the hill 

It was out on thunder road -Tweeter at the wheel 
They crashed into paradise -you could hear them tires squeal 
The undercover cop pulled up said "Everyone of you is a liar... 
If you dont surrender now, it's gonna go down to the wire 


An ambulance rolled up -a state trooper close behind 
Tweeter took his gun away and messed up his mind    (better line, eh?) 
The undercover cop was left tied up to a tree 
Near the souvenir stand by tha old abandoned factory 

Next day the undercover cop was hot in (sic, he sings "in hot") pursuit 
He was taking the whole thing personal, 
He didn't care about the loot 
Jan had told him many times it was you to me who taught 
In Jersey anything's legal as long as you don't get caught 


Someplace by Rahway prison they ran out of gas 
The undercover cop had cornered them said "Boy. you didn't 
think that this could last" 
Jan jumped out of bed said "There's someplace I gotta go" 
She took a gun out of the drawer and said "It's best if you don't know"   

The undercover cop was found face down in a field 
The Monkey Man on the river bank using Tweeter as a shield 
Jan said to the Monkey Man "I'm not fooled by Tweeters curl 
I knew him long before he ever became a Jersey girl" (!it's gettin' complicated) 


Now the town of Jersey City is quieting down again 
I'm sitting in a gambling club called the Lion's Den 
The TV set been blown up, every bit of it is gone 
Ever since the nightly news show that the Monkey Man was on 

I guess I'll go to Florida and get myself some sun 
There ain't no more opportunity here, everything's been done 
Sometime I think of Tweeter, some time I think of Jan 
Sometime I think of nothing but the Monkey Man 

Chorus, repeat and fade  

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