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The songwriting credits goes officially to all members of the band, but the song is published by Bob Dylan's Special Rider Music label, which indicates Dylan as the main writer. This is contradicted to a slight degree by George Harrison's account of the song in "The True History of the Traveling Wilburys" documentary: "'Tweeter and the Monkey Man' was really Tom Petty and Bob . Well, Jeff and I were there too, but we were just sitting there around in the… read more

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Tweeter and the Monkey Man were hard up for cash
They stayed up all night, selling cocaine and hash
To an undercover cop who had a sister named…

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