The Three Monkeys

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree,
Discussing things as they’re said to be.
Said one to the others, Now listen, you two,
There’s a certain rumor that can’t be true;
That humans descended from our noble race,
The very idea is a shocking disgrace


No monkey has ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her life.
And you’ve never known a mother monk,
To leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one on to another,
Till they scarcely know who is their mother.

And another thing you’ll never see;
A monk build a fence ’round a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts all go to waste,
Forbidding any other monks to taste,
Why, if I put a fence around a tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.

Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do;
Go out at night and get on a stew.
Making whoopee, disgracing his life,
Then reel madly home, and beat up his wife,
They call this all pleasure and make a big fuss,
They’ve descended from something but not
from us!

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My Mother gave this to her 10 children more than 50 years ago. Although, I could never find it until one day my brother, age 75, when asked about it, said, “yes, I have it in my wallet.” He had been a member of U.S. Marine Corps and carried it through his journey in the 50’s. Always had it with him and still does.

15 thoughts on “The Three Monkeys

  1. I guess the monkey population must have been all shook up when Darwin put forth his theory of evolution. Must have made the monkeys mad. Probably ruined their reputation.

  2. Those monkeys sure understand the depravity of the human race. Seeing things from their perspective magnifies with clarity our sinful, foolish selves.

  3. I also followed the link given above;, and enjoyed their website very much. I invited them to share our blog

  4. I agree Debi, the longevity of ‘Gospel Tract Society, Inc.’ and it’s inspiring history found @ is so encouraging. Also love the site MG mentioned (monkeys came from) that has lots of graphics for free for our use if we give them credit back to their page.

    It is so wonderful to have an internet family of connecting and seeing, reading and interacting with and at times praying a prayer for one another for continued blessings.

  5. The monkeys might have claimed man/woman before the fall as recorded in Genesis when man/woman lost their covering of the glory of God and the presence of God. As we read in Genesis 3 God provided a covering of animal skin for human kind. Then as we read on we realize God provided a covering by the redemption of blood by a person, Jesus Christ.

    We have a covering for our sin and shame. Yes, Jesus reached out His arms on the old rugged cross and covered us with His own breath and life. I just have a feeling Monkeys would love us and claim us if we were under the redemption.

  6. You know, I was thinking that in Genesis the Lord God gave “man” dominion over the animals as he was created a superior being in the image of the Lord God. But after the Fall “man” was demoted to a lower status due to his own disobedience. His authority and dominion then came into challenge. He could no longer take authority over the wild beasts without a weapon. And a funny thought came to me. Look For example… who demonstrates more fidelity and love than the family dog?
    Not many mortals would I give such high marks to for the kind of loyalty our pets show us. And as the Tract says, even the monkeys show moral values.
    Wonderquest website gives a list of animals that mate for life like gibbon apes, gray wolves, coyotes, even termites, swans and condors. And the black vulture not only mates for life but discourages philandering. If the flock sees a male wandering from his mate they attack him and get him gack on track with his family.
    Bless the Beasts and the Children.

  7. I wonder if the three monkeys in the tract above are the same ones that are so often portrayed in the valuable lesson that three monkeys taught us …’see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil”?
    Such good lessons monkeys try to teach us.

  8. After the Fall we see how quickly man fell. It all happened with disobedience to God. The first bite from the Tree of Knowledg sent shock waves throughout the human race. We have a choice to do evil or to do good. Which wave are we on. With God’s help we can be on the wave of obedience which touch the lives of others. Obedience, however, seems such an easy word but when applied in our lives seems so difficult to walk out and sometimes we just seem blinded to our own disobedience. This disobedience sends out waves as well touching others in a wrong way. We thank God for Jesus who provided a covering for our sin and shame as Sara says above.

    At least the monkeys never tasted of that tree. They like Debi says above ‘see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil. They never made the unwise choice.

  9. Good one, Debi! Susan gave me a lovely bronze candstick holder that has the three “SEE-NO’S” at the base. They remind me of the the Scripture in
    Philippians 4:8…” whatever is true, worthy of respect, just, pure, lovely,
    holy…think on these things…and I guess you could say..”see no eveil, speak no evil and hear no evil”!!!

  10. Thanks for the reminder of the monkey’s virtues of three “see-no’s” that we have connected to Philippians 4:8.

    Q. Did our monkeys (above) see and hear evil in human kind? Speak evil?

  11. To answer question ‘Did our monkeys (above) see and hear evil in human kind? Speak evil?’
    They saw quite a bit…spousal abuse, child abuse, neglect, hatred, anger. They heard evil as one definition of ‘making whoopee’ is: to indulge in a noisy celebration.
    It must have been the kind of celebration that brings disgrace from reading the tract above.

  12. I hope the 3 monkeys at my house, (on the candlestick base) do not hear evil stuff coming from me. I had better watch my step since those paragons of virtue are hanging around my house, trying to set a good example for me and practicing the virtues of Philippians 4:8.

    “be careful little eyes what you see”
    “be careful little ears what you hear”
    “be careful little tongues what you say”
    for the Father up above is looking down with love~~~

  13. Wow! This is a cool blog. I’ve never looked at things from a monkey’s perspective. It is bad when the humans, who are so special to God, has corrupted the animals around them. It makes me want to get on my knees and cry out to the Lord. What have we done? Lord forgive us.We are battling our evil flesh daily and if we don’t have self control flesh takes over. This is when we corrupt those little monkeys around us. We have to beat down that evil flesh through the blood of Jesus daily. This is the only way “we can get the monkey off our back.”

  14. Good thoughts Chickenfarmer. Can you imagine that tract has been around for 50 plus years! I guess the monkeys are really on a run now…..

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