The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees (1968) Lyrics

The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees album cover

Side 1

  1. “Dream World” (Jones, Pitts)
  2. “Auntie’s Municipal Court” (Allison, Nesmith)
  3. “We Were Made for Each Other” (Bayer, Fischoff)
  4. “Tapioca Tundra” (Nesmith)
  5. “Daydream Believer” (Stewart)
  6. “Writing Wrongs” (Nesmith)

Side 2

  1. “I’ll Be Back Up on My Feet” (Linzer, Randell)
  2. “The Poster” (Jones, Pitts)
  3. “P.O. Box 9847” (Boyce, Hart)
  4. “Magnolia Simms” (Nesmith)
  5. “Valleri” (Boyce, Hart)
  6. “Zor and Zam” (Chadwick, Chadwick)

Bonus Tracks

  1. “Alvin (prev. unissued)” (Thorkelson)
  2. “I’m Gonna Try (prev. unissued)” (Jones, Pitts)
  3. “P.O. Box 9847 (prev. unissued alternate mix)” (Boyce, Hart)
  4. “The Girl I Left Behind Me (prev. unissued early version)” (Bayer, Sedaka)
  5. “Lady’s Baby (prev. unissued alternate version)” (Tork)

“Dream World” Lyrics

Walking around with your head in the clouds, you don’t care
Why must you walk when you know you’re not going anywhere?

Why don’t you come out of your dream world? It’s not real
It’s not the way it seems to be
Why don’t you come into the real world? Come with me
We’ll share our thoughts, forget the dreams, you’ll see

Always pretending that everything’s fine when it’s not
Oh, why do you lie when you know that you always get caught?

Why don’t you come out of your dream world? It’s not real
It’s not the way it seems to be
Why don’t you come into the real world? Come with me
We’ll share our thoughts, forget the dreams, you’ll see

[break]

Why don’t you come out of your dream world? It’s not real
It’s not the way it seems to be
Why don’t you come into the real world? Come with me
We’ll share our thoughts, forget the dreams, you’ll see
You’ll see
You’ll see

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“Auntie’s Municipal Court” Lyrics

Fine man, crazy man, he can’t see
Sound of the sunset, sound of the sea
Why do the people always look at me?
Nobody here can see that we are you
We are you
She’s him too
She’s him too
Fine man, crazy man, he can’t see
Sound of the sunset, sound of the sea
Hmm, hmm

Solid brass statuary guards at the door
Used to come as one, now it comes as four
Somebody here just sent for more
Red and yellow cartoons saying we need two
We need two
More than you
More than you
Solid brass statuary guards at the door
Used to come as one, now it comes as four
Hmm, hmm

Somebody stole their mind
Somebody stole their mind
They say they can’t find
What is kind
What is kind

[break]

Somebody stole their mind
Somebody stole their mind
They say they can’t find
What is kind
What is kind

Fine man, crazy man, he can’t see
Sound of the sunset, sound of the sea
Why do the people walk away from me?
Nobody here wants to see that we are you
We are you
She’s him too
She’s him too
Fine man, crazy man, he can’t see
Sound of the sunset, sound of the sea
Hmm, hmm
Sound of the sunset, sound of the sea
Hmm, hmm…

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“We Were Made for Each Other” Lyrics

I wanted you from the first day I saw you
First day I looked into your eyes
That’s when I knew that I would adore you
It was no surprise

We were made for each other
As the stars were made for the sky
We were made for each other
No other love have I

You took my hand, was it then you had known it?
Is that when you started lovin’ me?
Was it the way I smiled that had shown it?
Was that the day you could see?

We were made for each other
As the stars were made for the sky
We were made for each other
No other love have I

We were made for each other
As the stars are made for the sky
We were made for each other
No other love have I

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“Tapioca Tundra” Lyrics

“One, two, three, four, five
Four, eight, two, one, zero, eleven…”

Reasoned verse, some prose or rhyme
Lose themselves in other times
And waiting hopes cast silent spells
That speak in clouded clues
It cannot be a part of me for now it’s part of you

Careful plays on fields that seem to vanish
When they’re in between
And softly, as I walk away
In freshly tattered shoes
It cannot be a part of me for now it’s part of you

Sunshine, ragtime
Blowing in the breeze
Midnight looks right
Standing more at ease

Silhouettes and figures stay
Close to what he had to say
And one more time, the faded dream
Is saddened by the news
It cannot be a part of me for now it’s part of you

Well, sunshine, ragtime
Blowing in the breeze
Midnight looks right
Standing more at ease

[break]

Sunshine, ragtime
Blowing in the breeze
Midnight looks right
Standing more at ease

Silhouettes and figures stay
Close to what he had to say
And one more time, the faded dream
Is saddened by the news
It cannot be a part of me for now it’s part of you
Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh

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“Daydream Believer” Lyrics

Chip: 7A.
Davy: What number is this, Chip?
All: 7A!
Davy: Okay, don’t mean it, don’t get excited, man. It’s ’cause I’m short, I know.

Oh, I could hide ’neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings
The six o’clock alarm would never ring
But six rings, and I rise
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes
My shaving razor’s cold, and it stings

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

You once thought of me
As a white knight on his steed
Now you know how happy I can be
Whoa, and our good times starts and end
Without dollar one to spend
But how much, baby, do we really need?

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

[break]

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?…

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“Writing Wrongs” Lyrics

Did you know the water’s turning yellow?
Have you heard the sky was falling down?
Did you see that guy fall out the window?
Did you know the circus was in town? {???}

Have you heard about Bill Chambers’ mother?
She said, “A woman’s work is never done”
And oh yes, about that yellow water
Have you noticed the color of the sun?

You have a way of makin’ everything you say seem unreal
Are you aware about the people who care are mostly stainless steel?

[break]

Well, I hope you finally got my letter
It should have come about this time last year
And I hope Bill Chambers’ mother’s better
Oh dear, the moon just disappeared

You have a way of makin’ everything you say seem unreal
Are you aware about the people who care are mostly stainless steel?

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“I’ll Be Back Up on My Feet” Lyrics

Girl, I know the grass is greener just around the bend
Gotta say goodbye, but don’t you fear
Though the road is dark, and I might fail to find the end
I won’t disappear

I’ll get back up on my feet
I’ll get back up on my feet
Chase the moon and sun to find my one and only you
I’ll get back up on my feet
I’ll get back up on my feet
Lookin’ high and I’m lookin’ low
When I find my boots, I know I gotta go

Maybe I will be a star or maybe just a clown
Girl, I’ll never know until I try
Maybe I will meet a girl who’ll try to keep me down
But you don’t have to cry

I’ll get back up on my feet
I’ll get back up on my feet
Chase the moon and sun to find my one and only you
I’ll get back up on my feet
I’ll get back up on my feet
Lookin’ high and I’m lookin’ low
When I find my boots, I know I gotta go

[break]

Maybe I will meet a girl who’ll try to keep me down
But you don’t have to cry

I’ll get back up on my feet
I’ll get back up on my feet
Chase the moon and sun to find my one and only you
I’ll get back up on my feet
I’ll get back up on my feet
Lookin’ high and I’m lookin’ low
When I find my boots, I know I gotta go
When I find my boots, I know I gotta go
When I find my boots, I know I gotta go

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  • 2:26

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“The Poster” Lyrics

The circus is coming to town, it said on the poster
Get your tickets now, before it’s too late
A dancing bear and a circus clown, it’s so funny
Oh, I can’t wait to see everything there

I feel like I’m already there
I must see her fly through the air

Horses running ’round and ’round in a circle
I can’t wait to see everything there
I wonder if it’s just like they say on the poster
If it is, I know I will be there

[break]

I feel like I’m already there
I must see her fly through the air

I feel like I’m already there
I must see her fly through the air

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“P.O. Box 9847” Lyrics

Handsome, single, young man, well-respected in his town
Seeks a fine, young lady from a similar background
Generous, responsible, successful man of means
Socialize with presidents and queens

Reply
P.O. box nine-eight-four-seven
P.O. box nine-eight-four-seven

I’ve described me very poorly
Better try again

Quiet, sincere gentleman, well-rounded and mature
Fond of music and the arts, loves the theater
Educated, sensitive, a traveler of the world
Wants to meet an eligible young girl

Reply
P.O. box nine-eight-four-seven
P.O. box nine-eight-four-seven

[break]

I’ve been writing, advertising
That’s not really me

Lonely, understanding man, affectionate and true
Looking for girl to share his dreams and make them true
Humble, loving, sensitive, considerate and shy
Only sincere ladies need reply

Reply
P.O. box nine-eight-four-seven
P.O. box nine-eight-four-seven

I’m not liking what I’m typing
Throw it all away

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“Magnolia Simms” Lyrics

“One, two, three… [clears throat]… Heh, it’s one of those days.”

Love to me is blue-eyed and blonde
Oh, that’s sweet Magnolia
Apple pie on the window, still warm
That’s my sweet Magnolia

Walking under a sky that’s so blue
After rain has fallen
When she’s walking so close by my side
My troubles seem to just run and hide

La dee, da dum, la da-da-da dee, la da-da dum
Va-va vroom, da-da doo, ley la dee
La dee, da dum, la da-da dee, dee-dee bum
Ba ba ee boo bee ee bum, ma hum

Well, walking under a sky that’s so blue, yeh
After rain has fallen
When she’s walking so close by my side
My troubles seem to just run and hide

Magnolia Simms is my little doll
I can’t live without her
For if she’d go, my world will just fall
Stay with me, Magnolia, ah-ha

Stay with me, Magnolia, ah-ha, ha ha
Loo dee deedly doo
La da, da dee-dee, la hum, uh hum
Loo dee a ha ha-ha, ooh-hoo ooh-hoo ooh-hoo
Ah ha, ha ha
Ah, ha, ha

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“Valleri” Lyrics

Valleri
I love her
Valleri

There’s a girl I know
Who makes me feel so good
And I wouldn’t live without her
Even if I could

They call her Valleri
I love her
Valleri

Oh yeah
Come on
Wow!

[break]

She’s the same little girl who used to
Hang around my door
But she sure looks different than
The way she looked before

I call her Valleri
I love her
Valleri

[break]

Valleri
I love her
Valleri

I love her
Valleri
I need her
Valleri

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“Zor and Zam” Lyrics

The king of Zor, he called for a war
And the king of Zam, he answered
They fashioned their weapons, one upon one
Ton upon ton, and they called for a war at the rise of the sun

Out went the call to one and to all
That echoed and rolled like the thunder
Trumpets and drums, roar upon roar
More upon more, rolling the call of come now to war

Throughout the night, they fashioned their might
With right on the side of the mighty
They puzzled their minds, plan upon plan
Man upon man, and at dying of dawn, the great war began

They met on the battlefield, banner in hand
They looked out across the vacant land
And they counted the missing, one upon one
None upon none, the war, it was over before it begun

Two little kings playing a game
They gave a war, and nobody came
And nobody came
And nobody came
And nobody came
Nobody came

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“Alvin (prev. unissued)” Lyrics

Did you ever step in a water pipe, pipe
Down to the bottom of the water system
And there did you meet a little alligator
Who answered to the name of Alvin?
If you did, he’s mine
I lost him
I threw my Alvin down the water pipe, pipe
Down to the bottom of the water system
Because he was getting too big for his britches
But now I’m getting lonely since he’s gone
I miss him

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“I’m Gonna Try (prev. unissued)” Lyrics

I set the world back on its heel
I’m gonna show you how I feel
Free as a bird up in the sky
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try

Now I am chasing rainbows
But I won’t let that girl know
’Til I have found my pot of gold
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try

And when I feel like turning back and coming home
What could I say without the rainbow and the pot of gold?

Chasing a dream around in the sun
I feel my life has just begun
And if I lose my way, I know
I’ve always got some place to go
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try

And when I feel like turning back and coming home
What could I say without the rainbow and the pot of gold?

Whoa, I set the world back on its heel
I’m gonna show you how I feel
Free as the bird up in the sky
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try
I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna try

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“P.O. Box 9847 (prev. unissued alternate mix)” Lyrics

[vocals same as original The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees version]

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“The Girl I Left Behind Me (prev. unissued early version)” Lyrics

You told me not to try and tie you down
So I just took my place and hung around
You always said that you must be free
Well, you couldn’t see, you were losin’ me
And messing up the one good thing we had

And now, I’m going out the same way I came in
The game is over now, I couldn’t win
My heart is all I have to pack
And this time, girl, I won’t be back
And years from now, I’ll turn around and see
The girl I left behind me

I told myself that things would be okay
You’d come around to my way any day
As time went on, you just stayed the same
No, you couldn’t change or be rearranged
I’m pickin’ up the pieces of my life

And now, I’m going out the same way I came in
The game is over now, I couldn’t win
My heart is all I have to pack
And this time, girl, I won’t be back
And years from now, I’ll turn around and see
The girl I left behind me

[break]
As time went on, you just stayed the same
No, you, you couldn’t change or be rearranged
I’m pickin’ up the pieces of my life

And now, I’m going out the same way I came in
The game is over now, I couldn’t win
My heart is all I have to pack
But this time, girl, I won’t be back
And years from now, I’ll turn around and see
The girl I left behind me
Behind me
Behind me
Behind me
Behind me
Behind me

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“Lady’s Baby (prev. unissued alternate version)” Lyrics

Lady’s baby smiles and coos
Takes away my lonely blues
Baby’s mother cooks my meal
Warm and cool is really real

Runnin’ never was much fun
All it did was bring me down
Chasin’ ’round isn’t where it’s at
Tension puts you in the ground

Lady’s baby pulls my hair
Lets me know he’s really there
Baby’s mother touches me
And at last I really see

Runnin’ never was much fun
All it did was bring me down
Chasin’ ’round isn’t where it’s at
Tension puts you in the ground

Lady’s baby lets me know
Life was meant for movin’ slow
Baby’s mother knows this too
Lady, I love you

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