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ReleaseSmoking Monkey
Release date11-05-2003
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"Overhead" is a song on Jonathan Coulton's first album, Smoking Monkey.


  • According to the Smoking Monkey info page, Jonathan says "Overhead" "might be my favorite unappreciated B-side."
  • According to longtime JoCo fan and friend awryone, this song has no overarching narrative meaning, other than Jonathan liking puzzles: "Our friend Adam Sachs, blogger of note, coined the phrase, 'Once in a while, I go out of my way, to kill you, a little.' Jon thought it was great, and wrote a song around it. Like a challenge. That's it."

Live Performance[edit]

"Overhead" was chosen by a group of Jonathan's fans on Twitter to be played at a concert at the Lula Lounge in Toronto, Ontario on April 23, 2009 (link), with the intention of forcing Jonathan to play a song he had never played live previously. Before he played the song in Toronto, however, he told the audience that he had played "Overhead" live many years ago but was unsure if it counted because "the audience was probably my wife, four of my friends, and one guy who was there by accident".



"Overhead" is available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of Smoking Monkey. Of course, this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store


"Smoking Monkey" is available for purchase as a CD here.


Smoking Monkey
1. I'm Having a Party · 2. Bozo's Lament · 3. Kenesaw Mountain Landis · 4. Ikea · 5. I Hate California · 6. Christmas Is Interesting · 7. Over There · 8. Millionaire Girlfriend · 9. First of May · 10. De-Evolving · 11. I'm a Mason Now · 12. Overhead