The Main Monkey Business

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"The Main Monkey Business"
Song by Rush from the album Snakes & Arrows
Released May 1, 2007
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, instrumental rock
Length 6:01
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Lifeson/Lee/Peart
Producer(s) Rush & Nick Raskulinecz
Snakes & Arrows track listing
"The Main Monkey Business"
"The Way the Wind Blows"

The Main Monkey Business is an instrumental from Rush's 2007 album Snakes & Arrows. It clocks in at 6 minutes and 1 second, making it Rush's second longest instrumental, the longest being "La Villa Strangiato". Drummer Neil Peart remarked that it took him three days to learn the song.[1]


The title of the song comes from a phrase Lee's mother used to describe someone up to no good:

...Long story short is, uh, this person was up to hijinx and my mother was telling me “Well I think there was some monkey business involved”, and I said, "What do you mean, monkey business? What kind of monkey business? And she said, “The MAIN monkey business”. So I love that phrase and every time I think of her saying “The MAIN monkey business” it makes me laugh.[2]

— Geddy Lee, Legends of Classic Rock interview

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