The Traveling Wilburys

Tweeter and the Monkey Man

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Another loose, free-association lyric is the basis for "Tweeter and the Monkey Man," one of the more dramatic songs on The Traveling Wilburys. Lyrically, it's a dramatic, almost cinematic story-song, filled with dark, desperate characters and a criminal element. This is, no doubt, not a coincidence, as it reflects the darkness and excess that permeated the 1980s. Musically, a dark folk melody guides the song, and it is delivered in a relatively elaborate arrangement which showcases Jeff Lynne's love of multiple guitars and tympani overdubs.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 1988 Rhino 5:27
The Traveling Wilburys 2007 Concord / Universal 5:28