The Monkees (1966) Lyrics

The Monkees album cover

Side 1

  1. “(Theme From) The Monkees” (Boyce, Hart)
  2. “Saturday’s Child” (Gates)
  3. “I Wanna Be Free” (Boyce, Hart)
  4. “Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day” (Boyce, Venet)
  5. “Papa Gene’s Blues” (Nesmith)
  6. “Take a Giant Step” (Goffin, King)

Side 2

  1. “Last Train to Clarksville” (Boyce, Hart)
  2. “This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day” (Boyce, Hart)
  3. “Let’s Dance On” (Boyce, Hart)
  4. “I’ll Be True to You” (Goffin, Titleman)
  5. “Sweet Young Thing” (Goffin, King, Nesmith)
  6. “Gonna Buy Me a Dog” (Boyce, Hart)

Bonus Tracks

  1. “I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind (prev. unissued early version)” (Boyce, Hart)
  2. “I Don’t Think You Know Me (prev. unissued alternate version)” (Goffin, King)
  3. “(Theme From) The Monkees (prev. unissued early version)” (Boyce, Hart)

“(Theme From) The Monkees” Lyrics

Here we come
Walkin’ down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet

Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we’re too busy singin’
To put anybody down

We go wherever we want to
Do what we like to do
We don’t have time to get restless
There’s always something new

Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we’re too busy singin’
To put anybody down

We’re just tryin’ to be friendly
Come and watch us sing and play
We’re the young generation
And we’ve got something to say, ah

Any time
Or anywhere
Just look over your shoulder
Guess who’ll be standin’ there

Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we’re too busy singin’
To put anybody down

[break]
Waaah!
One time!

Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we’re too busy singin’
To put anybody down

We’re just tryin’ to be friendly
Come and watch us sing and play
We’re the young generation
And we’ve got something to say
Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees

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  • 2:18

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“Saturday’s Child” Lyrics

Monday had a sad child
Always feelin’ low down
Tuesday had a dream child
She’s always on the go, so
I’m in love with Saturday’s child

Every time you take her out at night (She drives me wild)
You wanna kiss and hold her way up tight (Gonna spend my time)
You can tell the future’s lookin’ bright (Makin’ sure that Saturday’s child is mine)

If you love a Wednesday
You’ll live your life apart now
And if you love a Thursday
She’s gonna break your heart, so
I’m in love with Saturday’s child

Every time you hold her close you’ll see (She drives me wild)
You can feel the thrill that’s gonna be (Gonna spend my time)
Now the future has a guarantee (Makin’ sure that Saturday’s child is mine)

Seven days of the week made to choose from
But only one is right for me
I know that Saturday’s got what it takes, babe
I can tell by the way she looks at me
Ah

[break]

Friday likes the good life
She’ll take you for a ride, now
And Sunday makes a good wife
She wants to be your bride, so
I’m in love with Saturday’s child

Every time you take her out at night (She drives me wild)
You wanna kiss and hold her way up tight (Gonna spend my time)
You can tell the future’s lookin’ bright (Makin’ sure that Saturday’s child is mine, Saturday’s child)

Every time you take her out at night (She drives me wild)
You wanna kiss and hold her way up tight (Gonna spend my time)
You can tell the future’s lookin’ bright (Makin’ sure that Saturday’s child is mine, Saturday’s child)

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  • 2:43

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“I Wanna Be Free” Lyrics

I wanna be free
Like the bluebirds flying by me
Like the waves out on the blue sea
If your love has to tie me
Don’t try me
Say goodbye

I wanna be free
Don’t say you love me, say you like me
But when I need you beside me
Stay close enough to guide me
Confide in me
Whoa, whoa

I wanna hold your hand
Walk along the sand
Laughing in the sun
Always having fun
Doing all those things
Without any strings
To tie me down

I wanna be free
Like the warm September wind, babe
Say you’ll always be my friend, babe
We can make it to the end, babe
Again, babe, I’ve gotta say
I wanna be free
I wanna be free
I wanna be free

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  • 2:24

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“Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day” Lyrics

I’m gonna pack up all the pain
I’m gonna keep it in my heart
I’m gonna catch me the fastest train
I’m gonna make me a brand new start

But that’s okay
Tomorrow’s gonna be another day
Hey hey hey hey
And I don’t care what you say
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Tomorrow’s gonna be another day
Hey hey hey hey

I tell you there’s a lot of fish
Swimming in the deep blue sea
I’m gonna catch me a pretty one
And she’ll be good to me

But that’s okay
Tomorrow’s gonna be another day
Hey hey hey hey
And I don’t care what you say
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Tomorrow’s gonna be another day
Hey hey hey hey
I’m on my way
Hey hey hey hey

[break]

Well, I ain’t gonna think about you
’Cause it ain’t no use no more
I’m gonna make it fine without you
Just like I did before

I’m on my way
Tomorrow’s gonna be another day
Hey hey hey hey
And I don’t care what you say
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Tomorrow’s gonna be another day
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey
Another day
Hey hey hey hey
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Another day
Tomorrow’s gonna be
Another day

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  • 2:39

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“Papa Gene’s Blues” Lyrics

No heartaches felt, no longer lonely
Nights of waiting finally won me
Happiness that’s all rolled up in you
And now with you as inspiration
I look toward a destination
Sunny, bright that once before was blue

I have no more than I did before
But now I’ve got all that I need
For I love you, and I know you love me

So take my hand, I’ll start my journey
Free from all the helpless worry
That besets a man when he’s alone
For strength is mine when we’re together
And with you, I know I’ll never
Have to pass the high road for the low

I have no more than I did before
But now I’ve got all that I need
For I love you, and I know you love me

[break]
“Play, Magic Fingers!”
“Yee haw!”
“Oh, pick it, Luther!”

I have no more than I did before
But now I’ve got all that I need
For I love you, and I know you love me
Yes, I love you, and I know you love me

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  • 1:57

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“Take a Giant Step” Lyrics

Though you’ve played at love and lost
And sorrow’s turned your heart to frost
I will melt your heart again
Remember the feeling as a child
When you woke up and morning smiled
It’s time you felt like you did then

There’s just no percentage in remembering the past
It’s time you learned to live again at last
Come with me, leave yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

You stare at me in disbelief
Say, “For you, there’s no relief”
But I swear I’ll prove you wrong
Don’t sit in your lonely room
Just staring back in silent gloom
That’s not where you belong

Come with me, I’ll take you where a taste of life is green
Each and every day holds wonders to be seen
Come with me, leave yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

[break]

Come with me, I’ll take you where a taste of life is green
Each and every day holds wonders to be seen
Come with me, leave yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

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  • 2:33

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“Last Train to Clarksville” Lyrics

Take the last train to Clarksville
And I’ll meet you at the station
You can be here by four-thirty
’Cause I’ve made your reservation
Don’t be slow
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no

’Cause I’m leaving in the morning
And I must see you again
We’ll have one more night together (Train)
’Til the morning brings my train
And I must go
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no

And I don’t know if I’m ever coming home

Take the last train to Clarksville (Train)
I’ll be waiting at the station (Train)
We’ll have time for coffee-flavored kisses
And a bit of conversation, oh
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no

Di-di di-di di-di di-di
Di-di di-di di-di di-di
Di-di di-di di-di di-di di

Di-di di-di di-di di-di
Di-di di-di di-di di-di
Di-di di-di di-di di-di di

Take the last train to Clarksville
Now I must hang up the phone
I can’t hear you in this
Noisy railroad station all alone
I’m feelin’ low
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no

And I don’t know if I’m ever coming home
Oh

(Ah)

Take the last train to Clarksville
And I’ll meet you at the station
You can be here by four-thirty (Train)
’Cause I’ve made your reservation
Don’t be slow
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no

And I don’t know if I’m ever coming home

Take the last train to Clarksville (Train)
Take the last train to Clarksville (Train)
Take the last train to Clarksville (Train)
Take the last train to Clarksville (Train)
Take the last train to Clarksville (Train)

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  • 7

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  • 2:43

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“This Just Doesn’t Seem to Be My Day” Lyrics

I guess I should have stayed in bed
My pillow wrapped around my head
Instead of waking up to find
A nightmare of a different kind
She went away
This just doesn’t seem to be my day

She didn’t have to say a lot
Her pretty eyes revealed the plot
’Twas someone else she wanted more
And so I walked her to the door
What could I say?
This just doesn’t seem to be my day

My, oh my
How sad am I
How I wish she would have stayed
This just doesn’t seem to be my day

My whole world is upside down
She turned my smile into a frown
It’s such a pity the shape I’m in
I must get on my feet again
Can’t stay this way
This just doesn’t seem to be my day

[break]

My, oh my (Oh my, oh my, oh my)
How sad am I (How sad am I)
How I wish she would have stayed (I wish she would have stayed)
This just doesn’t seem to be my day

I guess I should have stayed in bed
My pillow wrapped around my head
Instead of waking up to find
A nightmare of a different kind
She went away
This just doesn’t seem to be my day

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  • 2:09

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“Let’s Dance On” Lyrics

Let’s dance on
Oh baby, come on
Let’s dance on ’til the dawn
Have fun ’til the music’s all gone

We’ve been dancin’
Nearly all night long
Let’s keep it up, baby
’Cause the music’s still strong

We’re doin’ the Pony (Pony, Pony)
Now you’re doing the Jerk (Doin’ the Jerk)
Ah, come on, baby (Come on, baby)
Let me see how you work
Ow!

Let’s dance on
Oh, baby, come on
Let’s dance on ’til the dawn
Have fun ’til the music’s all gone (Whoa!)

The way you’re movin’
Girl, you look so fine
Been doin’ the Shotgun
Now let me see you do the Twine

Let’s do the Watusi (Wa-Watusi)
And the Action too (Action too)
Now hang on, baby (Hang on, baby)
I’ll do the Sloopy with you (Oh, yeah)

Let’s dance on
Oh, baby, come on
Yeah, let’s dance on ’til the dawn
Have fun ’til the music’s all gone (Whoa!)

[break]

Let’s dance on
Oh, baby, come on
Let’s dance on ’til the dawn
Have fun ’til the music’s all gone

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  • 2:30

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“I’ll Be True to You” Lyrics

I’ll be true to you, yes, I will
I’ll be true to you, yes, I will
I won’t look twice when the other girls go by
I’ll be true to you, yes, I will

Somehow this time, it’s all so clear to me
The way to go is easy to see
My heart is sure you’re the girl I’m waiting for
And I’ll be true to you, yes, I will
Yes, I will

I used to be the kind
Who said that every girl’s the same
And love was just a game for having fun
But when I looked at you
I knew that I was wrong
And that I really could belong to only one

I’ll be true to you, yes, I will
Every dream that you have, I’ll fulfill
I never promised this to anyone before
But I’ll be true to you, yes, I will

I’ll be true to you, yes, I will
Every dream that you have, I’ll fulfill
I never promised this to anyone before
But I’ll be true to you, yes, I will
Yes, I will
Yes, I will

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  • 2:49

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“Sweet Young Thing” Lyrics

I know that something very strange is happened to my brain
I’m either feeling very good or else I am insane
The seeds of doubt you planted have started to grow wild
And I feel that I must yield before the wisdom of a child

And it’s love you bring
No, that I can’t deny
And with your wings
I can learn to fly
Sweet young thing

People try to talk to me, their words are ugly sounds
But I resist all their attempts to try and bring me down
Turned on to the sunset like I’ve never been before
I listen for your footsteps and your knock upon the door

And it’s love you bring
No, that I can’t deny
With your wings
I can learn to fly
Sweet young thing, ah

[break]

And it’s love you bring
With dreams of bluer skies
All these things
When I see it in your eyes
Sweet young thing
Sweet young thing, ah

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  • 1:56

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“Gonna Buy Me a Dog” Lyrics

Micky: Now? You know my girl… now? Yeah?
You know my girl just called me up
And she woke me from my sleep
Davy: [snores]
Micky: You should, you shoulda heard the things she said
You know she hurt my feelings deep
I’m gonna buy me a dog
Davy: A dog?
Micky: A dog!
Davy: Why?
Micky: Why?
’Cause I need a friend now
Davy: Babe, you need all the friends you can get, I’m telling you.
Micky: I’m gonna buy me a dog
My girl, my girl, no love me no how
Don’t ruin my song, man, it’s the only song I have.
Davy: It was already ruined before it was wrote.
Micky: Uh, where’s the verse?
She used to bring me my, my newspaper
Here it is.
Davy: You don’t even know where it’s at.
Micky: ’Cause she knew where it was at
She used to keep me so contented
But I can teach a dog to do that?!
I’m gonna buy me a dog
Davy: You couldn’t teach a dog to do that; you can only train elephants.
Micky: ’Cause I need a friend, now
Davy: I need a friend, now!
Micky: Now.
Davy: Yeah!
Micky: I’m gonna buy me a dog
Davy: A dog. Here Rover, Fido, Spot.
Micky: A dog, here boy! [whistles]
My girl, my girl, no love me no how
One
Davy: Two
Micky: Three
Davy: Four-Six-Eight-Nine
Micky: One-Two-Three-Four-Five-Six-Seven-Hike!
Davy: Hike?
Micky: Hike!
Davy: I was late on that one.
Micky: Oh, yeah.
Davy: I just got back from Africa, y’know? I was playing cards with the natives.
Micky: Oh! Zulus?
Davy: No, I usually won. Ha. Ha.
Micky: Gee, I wish I had a glass of water.
Davy: Why, are you thirsty?
Micky: No, I want to see if my neck leaks. I’d buy a raccoon but John already has one.
Davy: Thirty-five bucks!
Micky: Where, where do I come in?
?: Get ready.
Micky: Get ready, I, I’m gonna buy me a dog
Davy: Dog!
Micky: A dog, hmm!
Davy: Yeah!
Micky: ’Cause I need a friend, now
Davy: Yeah yeah!
Micky: Yeah yeah, boop-boop, sh-bop-bop, ram-a-lama
I’m gonna buy me a dog
?: Try the next verse.
Micky: When my girl, my girl don’t love me no how
How
Davy: Now brown cow.
Micky: Now brown cow.
I think I’m gonna buy me a dog, yessir, I’m gonna buy me a dog, if I was looking for a word to describe what I’m gonna buy, I think dog would be the word!
Davy: Would it, would it be dog?
Micky: It would be dog.
Davy: Definitely dog.
Micky: It would come springing from my lips, dog.
Davy: Springing from—
Micky: Boing! Boing! Boing!
Davy: Let’s get out of here.
Micky: It would be springing from my—
Davy: Is that it, Tommy? Can you turn it off, please? Can somebody open the door and let us out? They’re coming to take us away, ha-ha, hee-hee, ha-ha.

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  • 2:41

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“I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind (prev. unissued early version)” Lyrics

I’ve been standing on the corner all day
Tryin’ to think of little things to say
’Cause she walks by every day about this time
And I can’t, I can’t get her off of my mind

I only met her ’bout a week ago
But the way she smiles lets me know
That she could see that maybe we were two of a kind
And I can’t, I can’t get her off of my mind

She’s so pretty
I couldn’t believe she’d ever look my way
But the way I’m feeling
I’m going to be stealing
That little girl’s heart today

I’m so happy I could almost fly
And I guess you know the reason why
I’m walkin’ down the street
With her little hand in mine
And I don’t think I’ll ever get her off of my mind

[break]

She’s so pretty
I couldn’t believe she’d ever look my way
But the way I’m feeling
I’m going to be stealing
That little girl’s heart today

Well, I’m so happy I could almost fly
And I guess you know the reason why
I’m walkin’ down the street
With her little hand in mine
And I don’t think I’ll ever get her off of my mind
And I don’t think I’ll ever get her off of my mind
And I don’t think I’ll ever get her off of my mind

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  • 13

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  • 2:50

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“I Don’t Think You Know Me (prev. unissued alternate version)” Lyrics

If you think I want the life you choose to live
I don’t think I want the love you’ve got to give
If you think my goals would be so trivial and small
Well, I don’t think you know me at all

Born between the covers of your fashion books
You think you can make it, girl, on just your looks
You could never bring me up, between us stands a wall
No, I don’t think you know me at all

[break]

Believing in the promise painted in your smile
I chased what I was running from, girl, all the while
I’ve known you a hundred times in memories I recall
Still I don’t think you know me at all
I don’t think you know me at all

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  • 14

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  • 2:19

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“(Theme From) The Monkees (prev. unissued early version)” Lyrics

Here we come
Walkin’ down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet

Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we’re too busy singin’
To put anybody down

We’re just tryin’ to be friendly
Come and watch us sing and play
We’re the young generation
And we’ve got something to say

Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
And people say we monkey around
Ah, but we’re too busy singin’
To put anybody down

Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees
Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees

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  • 15

Length

  • 0:52