Mudcat Café message #1483375 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #81094   Message #1483375
Posted By: GUEST,Mrr
12-May-05 - 12:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse
Subject: RE: Origins: Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse
Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse is a Warren Zevon song that I have fallen deeply in love with thanks to Enjoy Every Sandwich, which is a tribute album to him made I believe after he died. The song goes like this here:
Well, hell is only half full, there's room for you and me
I'm looking for a new fool, now who's it gonna be?
It's the Dance of Shiva, it's the debutante's ball
Yeah and everyone'll be there who's anyone at all
CH: Monkey wash, donkey rinse, going to a party at the center of the earth (bis) Honey do you wanna go?
Left eye, right eye, take a look around
Everybody's heading for a hole in the ground
It's the dance of Shiva, it's the twilight of the gods
Thunder and lightning till the break of dawn
repeat CH
it's in a great hip-swaying Zydeco rhythm, it's just the best song.

What with getting to know Zevon's writings, I am *sure* that the phrase is not nonsense. I bet there is a phrase in Hindu somewhere, likely about the Dance of Shiva, that SOUNDS something like Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse in English.