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It's the Monkeys or Me

from Old Girl by Lisa Mann

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Based on a true story, and the sacrifices that must be made for love.

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IT’S THE MONKEYS OR ME
Written by Lisa Mann
©2020 Lisa Mann Music ASCAP

I met a sweet man one morning down at the corner store
It was love at first sight and I know I might just have to get to see him some more
But when I went to his place, he never would let me in
So I kept on insisting, and I’m damn sure glad I did
Cuz it was full of monkeys
Yeah, I mean real live monkeys!

They were swingin, they were jumpin, it seemed like they were having a ball
There were ropes and swings and trampolines and bars bolted to the wall
He explained that he’d been running a traveling monkey show
But I stared him down and told him, “there is something you’ve got to know,
I can’t take these monkeys!
These critters have got to go!
I can see how much they mean to you, but baby-
It’s the Monkeys or Me. It’s the Monkeys or Me!”

He said, “You must understand me- these monkeys are my way of life,
And if you get to know them you will find that they’re very nice.”
So I bent down to pet one, to show him that I could be kind
And that’s when I felt some razor-sharp teeth sinking into my behind
Goddamn these monkeys!
I’ve had it with these monkeys!
I can see how much they mean to you but baby-
It’s the Monkeys or Me. It’s the Monkeys or Me!

He finally came to realize that he would rather be with me
So he took ‘em all down to the sanctuary where the monkeys could all be free
Well maybe you got one on your back, or fool friends that like to monkey around
If you want to find a real true love, you better run those monkeys outta town
We don’t need no monkeys- on your back, or wherever they may be
Listen when your woman says to you, now baby-
It’s the Monkeys or Me. It’s the Monkeys or Me!

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from Old Girl, released September 18, 2020
Written by Lisa Mann
Lisa Mann- bass guitar, vocals
Jason Thomas- guitars
Dave Melyan- drums
recorded mixed and mastered by Kevin Hahn- Primal Studio/ Opal Studio

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Two time Blues Music Award winner Lisa Mann brings a bourbon-smooth southern flavor to her signature "Tough Girl Blues."

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