What does Monkey Wrench mean?

Search Login

Foo Fighters: Monkey Wrench Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

Song Released: 1997

Get "Monkey Wrench" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

Monkey Wrench Lyrics

What have we done with innocence
It disappeared with time, it never made much sense
Adolescent resident
Wasting another night on planning my revenge

One in ten

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I’d rather...


    click a star to vote
    Oct 25th, 2007 10:05pm report

    Levi2thextreme is right. Dave says "This is a song about realising that you are the source of all of the problems in a relationship and you love the other person so much, you want to free them of the problem, which is actually yourself." on the foo archives


    click a star to vote
    May 18th, 2009 5:22am report

    I always figured it was about Cobain. "I'd rather leave than suffer this - don't want to be your monkey wrench"

    "All this time to make amends - what if all your enemies are friends?"

    1 in 10 people who threaten suicide end up succeeding: "Another indecent accident"

    The shouting part of the lyric "still theres one thing that comforts me since I was always caged and now I'm free" - the caged part makes me think of a drum set, also metaphorically, since Nirvana=Cobain in the mainstream - Grohl was largely forgotten. Now that it's over, he's free.

    But hey, I didn't write the song, so I could be totally wrong.


    click a star to vote
    Jul 3rd, 2007 7:18pm report

    A monkey wrench, informally, is a disruptive and undesirable impact on a set of plans. The song, to me, revolves around somebody who has been in a relationship where they either been accused of being a monkey wrench in the partners life or made to feel that way. The song is their way of saying they will never be/never was a bad effect on their partners life and that they are moving on.


    click a star to vote
    May 10th, 5:04pm report

    It is about the emotional wrench of leaving behind your primate friends when you escape from the zoo.


    click a star to vote
    Aug 19th, 2019 8:03am report

    Bruh its about a monkey using a wrench


    click a star to vote
    Dec 30th, 2013 12:07am report

    NOT EVERY SONG DAVE GROHL WRITES IS ABOUT KURT COBAIN, NIRVANA OR COURTNEY LOVE...in my opinion the song is more about a relationship where you feel like you're being used and you're just getting ready to give up "Wasting another night on planning my revenge" and "One last thing before I quit"


    click a star to vote
    Oct 1st, 2012 10:32pm report

    Its funny, but when I heard the song the first times I heard it I thought he was saying "I was always gay but now I'm free" - being gay and trapped by the secret of it, and then coming out. The idea about being an indecent accident always felt to me to be about how gay people are treated. And 1 in 10 is the oft-quoted statistic for gay people in the population.

    The meaning of the song has been clarified by Dave Grohl himself, and it is about being in a bad relationship. I would have put up a fight about being right about this, but its hard to argue with Dave.


    click a star to vote
    Jan 10th, 2012 1:02am report

    At the fooies concert Dave made the reference that this song was for anyone out there who hates their boss, so im guessing its about someone hating their job.


    click a star to vote
    Dec 26th, 2011 12:45pm report

    Means that the girl treats him like a tool to do things but not love..


    click a star to vote
    Sep 18th, 2011 9:34pm report

    Someone mentioned homophobia, I think it is the exact opposite. It think it's about the "1 in 10" -- a gay person who has faced hatred and rejection from enemies who are supposed to be friends. I think it's someone walking away from the family who does not accept who he is, when I read the lyrics, that is exactly what it says to me.

    I’d rather leave than suffer this
    I’ll never be your monkey wrench

    "All this time to make amends
    What do you do when all your enemies are friends
    Now and then I’ll try to bend
    Under pressure wind up snapping in the end

    One in ten

    Don’t want to be your monkey wrench
    One more indecent accident
    I’d rather leave than suffer this
    I’ll never be your monkey wrench

    One last thing before I quit
    I never wanted any more than I could fit
    Into my head I still remember every single word
    You said and all the shit that somehow came along with it
    Still there’s one thing that comforts me since I was
    Always caged and now I’m free"


    click a star to vote
    Jul 7th, 2011 7:04pm report

    This song is about nirvana's relationship with their first label Sub Pop Records... "Monkeywrench" is the name of another band that was signed to Sub Pop who during that time who never made it... Only one in ten artists on Sub Pop actually became succesful and therefor dave would rather leave thab suffer staying on theabel and now is free...


    click a star to vote
    May 1st, 2011 5:30am report

    I think it is about partnership in which the narrator is beeing cheated and used as a sparetire. The one in ten means that he is one out of 10 persons.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 19th, 2011 4:43pm report

    Obviously about the break up of his first marriage.


    click a star to vote
    Mar 31st, 2011 3:43pm report

    A monkey wrench conforms or adjusts to the bolt. I've used one. I think the song is about someone who people push around and they just snap eventually. It happens to everyone who takes a lot of crap. "Under pressure" "Wind up snapping in the end" I was one of those people and I just snapped... It's not good to watch or do...


    click a star to vote
    Feb 17th, 2011 2:14am report

    Someone's bound to see this as biased or homophobic but 1 in 10 is allegedly the ratio of homosexual to ..not, and a monkey wrench is adjustable and fits snugly round whatever goes into it........conclusions? I am serious, straight, (irrelevant but for the record) and non-judgmental...opinions?


    click a star to vote
    May 13th, 2010 5:25am report

    I'm pretty sure it's about a girl who has been taken advantage of a lot and he is trying to say that he won't do that, or 'be her monkey wrench'

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Oct 23rd, 2009 10:49am report

    first off, dave grohl admitted that he hardly ever writes or wrote any songs that had anything to do with Kurt and especially that horrible excuse for a person Courtney Love. but i believe that the song is about being a kid and living under certain rules, and having to do certain things that they don't want a part of. it makes sense to me.


    click a star to vote
    Jun 22nd, 2009 6:44am report

    I think it's about country love. and how he feels or felt threaten by her. and also the name monkey "wrench" kinda scares me I think he's refering to the guy she hired to kill Cobain mr allen wrench from the band "kill allen wrench" not el duce as some think. The guy el dulce slips up about during n interview in the documentry Kurt n courtny. check him out n tell me if you think he did it or not. His bands name is "kill allen wrench" he has a myspace with some witty and ironic stuff boldly stated on it. It really hurts me to think he was murdered. www.myspace.com/killallenwrench also check out allens page on there. Its sicking to even think this

‹ prev 12

More Foo Fighters song meanings »


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

It's Gonna Be Alright
Titus Showers
All The Things She Said
You Keep Hope Alive
Sub Urban
Only Truck In Town
Tyler Farr
The Good Ones
Gabby Barrett
When Life Is Good Again
Dolly Parton
Worldwide Beautiful
Kane Brown