Weekly Wiki: Monkeys in Pockets

July 27th, 2010 by | 3 comments

“There’s a Monkey in My Pocket” is a popular children’s song that Guybrush Threepwood sings on a couple of occasions.

In The Curse of Monkey Island Guybrush sings the song to Edward Van Helgen in the Barbery Coast to audition to join their barbershop quartet. Van Helgen is disgusted with Guybrush’s singing and vehemently refuses.

Oh, there’s a monkey in my pocket,
And he’s stealing all my change,
His stare is blank and glassy,
I suspect that he’s deranged…

In the fourth episode of Tales of Monkey Island, Guybrush sings a slightly different version of this song when he examines Jaques, the electromagnetic monkey, in his inventory.

Oh, there’s a monkey in my pocket,
He’s attracting all my change,
His tail is a magnet,
And I think that he’s got mange…

Recently, Chuck Jordan (the guy that wrote the original lyrics) told the fans that there was a super-ultra-secret second verse to the song, which he wrote just in case they needed it.

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3 Responses to “Weekly Wiki: Monkeys in Pockets”

  1. Friar says:

    I’m sure the song appeared in MI2. I remember hearing it in the SE, if you kept asking the campfire pirates to do songs. I’m sure it was one of them.

    • Fealiks says:

      Yeah, it was in the SE of monkey island 2. Guybrush sings it as one of the dialogues you get when you inhale helium towards the end of the game. That wasn’t in the original though (at least I highly doubt it was – I don’t remember it being there)

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