Monk Theme Song


I might have a mild case of obsessive–compulsive disorder as well.

There have been two theme songs in Monk‘s eight-season run. Season one uses a jazzy instrumental song composed by American composer Jeff Beal, and performed by guitarist Grant Geissman. The song won the 2003 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.

Seasons two through eight uses “It’s a Jungle out There” by singer/songwriter Randy Newman. Why they changed an Emmy Award-winning song, I do not know. But get this, the song once again won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2004. Talk about award-winning.

The same songs are paired in the closing credits—for the seasons using “It’s a Jungle out There,” an instrumental version is paired for the closing.

The Jeff Beal song is included in the original television soundtrack.

Monk theme song lyrics(It’s a Jungle out There)

It’s a jungle out there
Disorder and confusion everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey, who’s in charge here?
It’s a jungle out there
Poison in the very air we breathe
Do you know what’s in the water that you drink?
Well I do, and it’s amazing
People think I’m crazy, ’cause I worry all the time
If you paid attention, you’d be worried too
You better pay attention
Or this world we love so much might just kill you
I could be wrong now, but I don’t think so!
‘Cause there’s a jungle out there.
It’s a jungle out there.

Watch & listen (Jeff Beal)

Watch & listen (It’s a Jungle out There)

All videos of this song seem un-embeddable. Watch in YouTube.


3 thoughts on “Monk Theme Song”

  1. actually, – after watching the first season on DVD – the original episode, the very first one, featured “It’s a Jungle Out There”, immediately afterward, in episode two it switched to the Jeff Beal theme played by Grant Geissman. I wondered why they switched until I became enamoured of the instrumental piece. Both are really quite good. The Randy Newman song is very funny and very apt.

  2. Wow – what a slip up. Monk with THREE (count ’em – 3) umbrellas on his wall. That would NEVER have happened.

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