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musical geek friday - jonathan coulton - code monkey

This week on Musical Geek Friday we have the Code Monkey song!

This song was written by Jonathan Coulton as a part of his "Thing a Week" musical project, where he would write a new song every week and put it on his website. With this song Jonathan instantly became an Internet Hero. He made it to Slashdot and even New York Times (includes video interview with him)!

This song is about a type of programmers called "Code Monkeys". These programmers do coding without passion, just for money. A person can also be called a code monkey if he's a newbie or he's only able to produce low quality code.

Here it is, the Code Monkey song:

[audio:http://www.catonmat.net/download/code_monkey.mp3]

Download this song: code monkey.mp3 (musical geek friday #3)
Downloaded: 25130 times

Download lyrics: code monkey lyrics (musical geek friday #3)
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Lyrics of the "Code Monkey" song:

Code Monkey get up get coffee
Code Monkey go to job
Code Monkey have boring meeting
With boring manager Rob

Rob say Code Monkey very dilligent
But his output stink
His code not functional or elegant
What do Code Monkey think?

Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write god damned login page himself
Code Monkey not say it out loud
Code Monkey not crazy, just proud
Code Monkey like Fritos
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
Code Monkey very simple man
With big warm fuzzy secret heart:
Code Monkey like you
Code Monkey like you, youuuuuuuuuuu

Code Monkey hang around at front desk
Tell you sweater look nice
Code Monkey offer buy you soda
Bring you cup, bring you ice

You say no thank you for the soda cause
Soda make you fat
Anyway you busy with the telephone
No time for chat

Code Monkey have long walk back to cubicle he sit down pretend to work
Code Monkey not thinking so straight
Code Monkey not feeling so great
Code Monkey like Fritos
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
Code Monkey very simple man
With big warm fuzzy secret heart:
Code Monkey like you
Code Monkey like you a lot

Code Monkey have every reason
To get out this place
Code Monkey just keep on working
See your soft pretty face
Much rather wake up, eat a coffee cake
Take bath, take nap
This job fulfilling in creative way
Such a load of crap

Code Monkey think someday he have everything even pretty girl like you
Code Monkey just waiting for now
Code Monkey say someday, somehow
Code Monkey like Fritos
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
Code Monkey very simple man
With big warm fuzzy secret heart:
Code Monkey like you
Code Monkey like youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

If you liked it, people on YouTube have posted their videos dancing to this music and even made computer animations for this song. See Code Monkey Videos on YouTube.

Here is my top favorite YouTube video of this song:

Download "Code Monkey" Song

Download this song: code monkey.mp3 (musical geek friday #3)
Downloaded: 25130 times

Download lyrics: code monkey lyrics (musical geek friday #3)
Downloaded: 3099

Click to listen:
[audio:http://www.catonmat.net/download/code_monkey.mp3]

Have fun and until next geeky Friday! :)

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Comments

CodeMonkey Permalink
April 12, 2008, 00:07

You didn't finish reading the wikipedia entry. "Ironic self-deprecation by programmers who prefer to distance themselves from pointy-haired boss culture means that the term may in fact be one of approbation and in-group identification."

Also, way to copy copyrighted material without permission. Copy Monkey.

April 12, 2008, 00:17

CodeMonkey, you're one Bad Monkey! Please see the license of the song first.

Talking about Wikipedia, I linked to it for full explanation, if anyone is interested in details.

There is no strict definition what it means, anyway.

April 12, 2008, 05:29

Seriously, there must be a market for songs for/about geeks. This tune rocks. Is it sad that the first thing I thought after listening to it is that I have to send it to a bunch of my programmer friends? Bad Monkey; Bad!

April 12, 2008, 15:01

Clint, that is not sad at all! Upon hearing the song programmers will be more than excited :)
Good Monkey; Gooood!

green heaven Permalink
April 17, 2008, 04:52

somewhat funny ,but a little relief

Winterwarm Permalink
December 07, 2008, 21:54

Brilliant - love this song, sums up my life

reancesycle Permalink
December 20, 2008, 03:49

good resourse Anyway by sight very much it is pleasant to me

February 11, 2009, 07:55

The term "Codemonkey" is not about passionless programming

It implies that the coder exists to code, as a performing monkey exists to dance.

It's mildly self-deprecating but more of a badge of honor.

Being a codemonkey most definetely does not imply that you write bad code. If you're any kind of programmer you are a codemonkey. Live it and love it.

March 14, 2014, 09:50

music is time-pass every men. many person write a music and sell in public. music download codes, download cards, digital download cards, plastic download cards etc. sell on music websites.

June 11, 2014, 07:41

I am so impressed and also invest

June 13, 2014, 08:05

Seriously that is amazing

June 18, 2014, 05:58

Ok thanks and maybe try

June 24, 2014, 05:34

Imagine that is a huge help

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