Elvis Costello - "Monkey to Man" lyrics

A long time ago, our point of view
And it's time for us to speak up again
Was broadcast by Mr. Bartholomew
And now the world is full of sorrow and pain

Such an arrogant brood
The only purpose you serve is to bring us our food
You're slack and sorry
We sit here staring at your pomp and pout

Outside the bars we use for keeping you out
Broke it up and plundered it and hunted
You've taken everything that you wanted
Ever since we said it
You went and took the credit
It's been headed this way since the world began
When a vicious creature took the jump from Monkey to Man

Monkey to Man
Every time man struggles and fails
After all of the misery that he has caused
He makes up some kind of fairytales
He denies he's descended from the dinosaurs
Points up to heaven with cathedral spires
All the time indulging in his base desires
Ever since we said it
It's been headed this way since the world began
He went and took the credit
When a vicious creature took the jump from Monkey to Man

(yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Monkey to Man

Big and useless as he has become
With his crying statues and his flying bomb
Goes 'round acting like the chosen one
Excuse us if we treat him like our idiot cousin

Hangs up flowers and bells and rhymes
Hoping to hell someone's forgiven his crimes
Fills up the air with his pride and praise
He's a big disgrace to our beastly ways
In the fashionable nightclubs and finer precincts

Man uses words to dress up his vile instincts
He went and took the credit
It's been headed this way since the world began
Ever since we said it
When a vicious creature took the jump from Monkey to Man