donkey on the edge/monkey on a leash

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In the film Shrek the character donkey, riding his dragon says "I'm a donkey on the edge".

I think it must be a reference to something, maybe a warped English expression?

It reminded me of the line "I'm a monkey on a leash" which is from a rock song. Do these two have anything to do with each other?
 
  • JamesM

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    Not that I know of. "On the edge" can mean that someone is feeling so much stress that they are about to lose control of their actions.

    "Monkey on a leash" would mean, to me, someone who felt trapped in a situation where he felt powerless and forced to perform like a trained monkey.
     
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