I'm a Mason Now

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I'm a Mason Now
ReleaseSmoking Monkey
Release date11-05-2003
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"I'm a Mason Now" is one of Jonathan Coulton's oldest available songs and appears on his first album, Smoking Monkey.


"I'm a Mason Now" is one of the six songs listed on the oldest archived version of Jonathan's website; the song was originally just called "Mason".

Live performance

The first live performance of "I'm a Mason Now" was at the concert in Madison, WI on 2/26/2009.


  • The verses and guitar bits (intro, interludes and solo) are in the unorthodox time signature of 7/4. The last line of each verse is extended by a beat to transition into the choruses, which, along with the bridge, are in 4/4 time.
  • "Mason" refers to Freemasonry, an ancient fraternal society, whose members use many secret rituals and symbols in their meetings.
  • "Shriners", a related organization whose members wear the famous red fez, are also briefly mentioned in the song
  • Although the song indicates the narrator was a Shriner before they joined the Masons, this is impossible as membership in a Masonic lodge is a prerequisite for becoming a Shriner.
  • The clause 'Should we talk about the government?' refers to R.E.M.'s Pop Song 89.



"I'm a Mason Now" 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.

Other versions

A karaoke version of "I'm a Mason Now" is available on the Jonathan Coulton Karaoke Store.


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