“One of my favorites. When we were writing Doolitle, that song was pretty obvious to us as ‘Hey, we’ve got something really great here.’ Because oftentimes you don’t know – you think something is good, but you can never tell if other people will like it, not that we tried to pander, really. But we did think there was something special to Monkey Gone To Heaven.
“It was a quick song to put together. It might have been the smoothest one to take shape in the studio. We hired four string players to come in and add texture, and they made it sound grand and epic.
“At one time, we had a keyboard player on stage with us who did string parts. We don’t do that now, although I do play the tambourine on it. It sounds complete on stage the way we do it. I love playing it.”