5. 'Monkey Gone to Heaven'
It started with a single line: "This monkey's gone to heaven." Black Francis didn't quite know what to do with it, but he knew it was attention-grabbing. Eventually, he wrote some lyrics about the destruction of the environment, and he tossed in some cryptic references to Hebrew numerology on top of it. Don't strain yourself too hard trying to find a connection between all these things, because it isn't there – even though it stands to reason that the destruction of the environment will lead to dead monkeys and many people turning towards the Torah for hope and salvation.
They cut the song with a pair of cellists and violinists, the first time they had worked with any outside musicians. It was the first single off Doolittle. If you listened to college radio in 1989, you probably heard this song on more than one occasion. If you listened to Top 40 radio, you heard a lot of Phil Collins and Poison.