Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monkberry Moon Delight


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"Monkberry Moon Delight" is one of Paul McCartney's most under-recognized tracks, and it's amazing that so many fans don't rank this among Paul's top tracks. It is an album track on "Ram," which some fans consider to be Paul's best solo album (leaving aside both the Beatles and Wings, of course, cuts out a lot of competition). It features truly heroic vocals from Paul and some really strong backing vocals from Linda and their daughter Heather (a very rare musical contribution from Heather).

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Paul has this to say about "Monkberry Moon Delight":
When my kids were young they used to call milk 'monk' for whatever reason that kids do – I think it's magical the way that kids can develop better names for things than the real ones. In fact, as a joke, Linda and I still occasionally refer to an object by that child-language name. So, monk was always milk, and monkberry moon delight was a fantasy drink, rather like Love Potion No. 9, hence the line in the song, 'sipping monkberry moon delight'. It was a fantasy milk shake.
Whatever Paul's intention and inspiration, the lyrics (also credited to Linda for legal reasons) make virtually no sense. What do lines like "my hair is a tangled Beretta" mean? It appears that Paul is just reacting to momentary events in his life, such as when he sings "I don't get the gist of your letter." What letter? Who knows, Paul himself has probably forgotten by this point.

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A cover version of "Monkberry Moon Delight" that Paul McCartney liked so much that he played it before his own concerts in 1993.

Paul has stated (to Mojo magazine that "Monkberry Moon Delight I liked, so much so that it's in my poetry book." Why he likes it isn't exactly clear, but there are plenty of reasons for fans to like it. Paul punches through the lyrics like a hurricane, and he earned some respect from the music community for this when Screamin' Jay Hawkins covered "Monkberry Moon Delight" for his 1979 "Screamin' the Blues" album.

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"Monkberry Moon Delight" made it onto "Blackbird Singing," Paul's 2001 compilation of his favorite lyrics and poetry. So, obviously, the lyrics mean a lot to him even if they don't really much to some of us. Paul McCartney's delivery carries the song in my humble opinion. Make of the lyrics what you will. There is speculation that "Catch up, super fury" is aimed squarely at John Lennon, who was not being too complimentary of Paul at this juncture, but who knows. Note that some versions of the lyrics have it as:
Ketchup
(Ketchup)
Soup and puree
(Soup and puree)
However, "Catch up" makes more sense given its later use with "cats and kittens." As with everything else concerning "Monkberry Moon Delight," draw your own conclusions.

Incidentally, I can help a little on the first line of the song, as Paul likes to go up to his attic to compose. Other than that, you're on your own.



So I sat in the attic, a piano at my nose,
And the wind played a dreadful cantata. (cantata, cantata)
Sore was I from a crack of an enemy's hose
And the horrible sound of tomato. (tomato, tomato)

Catch up! (catch up!)
Super fury
Don't get left behind. (get left behind)
Catch up (catch up!)
Super fury (super fury)
Don't get left behind. (get left behind, get left behind, get left behind)

When a rattle of rats had awoken
The sinews, the nerves and the veins.
My piano was boldly outspoken
In attempts to repeat this refrain.

So I stood with a knot in my stomach,
And I gazed at that terrible sight,
Of two youngsters concealed in a barrel,
Smoking monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah) ho!
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight. (om pah om pah pah)

Oh -
Oh-oh, oh-oh.

Well, I know my banana is older than the rest
And my hair is a tangled beretta. (beretta, beretta)
But I leave my pajamas to billy budapest,
And I don't get the gist of your letter. (your letter, your letter)

Catch up, (catch up)
Cats and kittens (cats and kittens)
Don't get left behind. (get left behind)
Catch up, (catch up)
Cats and kittens (cats and kittens)
Don't get left behind. (get left behind, get left behind, get left behind)

Oh - monkberry moon delight, yeah, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, yeah, yeah, yeah, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Oh, monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Oh, monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, oh-oh, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Suckin' monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
(om pah om pah pah)
(om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
(om pah om pah pah)
(om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
(om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
(om pah om pah pah)
Ah, monkberry moon delight, yeah, yeah,
(om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
(om pah om pah pah)
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh....
(om pah om pah pah)
(om pah om pah pah)
Uh, monkberry moon delight.

"try some of this, honey! (om pah om pah pah)
"what is it?" (om pah om pah pah)

Monkberry moon delight, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah,
(om pah om pah pah)
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah....
(om pah om pah pah)
(ooh) monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Uh, monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, (om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight, na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na....
(om pah om pah pah)
Monkberry moon delight.

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