Then & Now… The Best Of The Monkees (1986) Lyrics

Side 1

  1. “(Theme From) The Monkees” (Boyce, Hart)
  2. “Last Train to Clarksville” (Boyce, Hart)
  3. “Take a Giant Step” (Goffin, King)
  4. “I’m a Believer” (Diamond)
  5. “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” (Boyce, Hart)
  6. “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” (Diamond)
  7. “Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere” (Eastman, Hart)

Side 2

  1. “That Was Then, This Is Now” (Brescia)
  2. “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” (Nesmith)
  3. “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (Goffin, King)
  4. “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ’Round?” (Castleman, Murphy)
  5. “Daydream Believer” (Stewart)
  6. “Valleri” (Boyce, Hart)
  7. “Kicks” (Mann, Weil)

“(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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“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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“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

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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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“I’m a Believer” Lyrics

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me
Love was out to get me (Di di-di, di-di)
That’s the way it seemed (Di di-di, di-di)
Disappointment haunted all my dreams

Then I saw her face
Now I’m a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I’m in love
I’m a believer
I couldn’t leave her if I tried

I thought love was more or less a givin’ thing
Seems the more I gave, the less I got
What’s the use in tryin’? (Di di-di, di-di)
All you get is pain (Di di-di, di-di)
When I needed sunshine, I got rain

Then I saw her face
Now I’m a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I’m in love
I’m a believer
I couldn’t leave her if I tried, ah

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Oh, love was out to get me
Now, that’s the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams

Then I saw her face
Now I’m a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I’m in love
I’m a believer
I couldn’t leave her if I tried

Yes, I saw her face
Now I’m a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
Said I’m a believer, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (I’m a believer)
Said I’m a believer, yeah (I’m a believer)
Said I’m a believer, yeah

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“(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” Lyrics

I, I, I, I, I’m not your steppin’ stone
I, I, I, I, I’m not your steppin’ stone

You’re tryin’ to make your mark in society
You’re usin’ all the tricks that you used on me
You’re readin’ all them high-fashion magazines
The clothes you’re wearin’, girl, are causin’ public scenes

I said I, I, I, I, I’m not your steppin’ stone
I, I, I, I, I’m not your steppin’ stone (No!)
Not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone

I, I, I, I, I’m not your steppin’ stone (No!)

When I first met you, girl, you didn’t have no shoes
But now you’re walkin’ ’round like you’re front page news
You’ve been awful careful ’bout the friends you choose
But you won’t find my name in your book of Who’s Who

I said I, I, I, I, I’m not your steppin’ stone (No, girl, not me!)
I, I, I, I, I’m not your steppin’ stone (No!)
Not your steppin’ stone
I’m not your steppin’ stone

Not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone
No, I, girl, I’m not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone
Not your steppin’ stone

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“A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” Lyrics

Walk out, girl, don’t you walk out
We’ve got things to say
Talk out, let’s have it talked out
And things’ll be okay

Girl, I don’t want to fight
I’m a little bit wrong
You’re a little bit right
I said girl, you know that it’s true
It’s a little bit me
It’s a little bit you, too

Don’t know just what I said wrong
But girl, I apologize
Don’t go, here’s where you belong
So wipe the tears from your eyes

Girl, I don’t want to fight
I’m a little bit wrong
You’re a little bit right
I said girl, you know that it’s true
It’s a little bit me
And it’s a little bit you, too

[break]

Oh girl, I don’t want to fight
I’m a little bit wrong
And you’re a little bit right
And I said girl, you know that it’s true
It’s a little bit me
And it’s a little bit you, too

It’s a little bit me
It’s a little bit you
Girl, I’m gone, no no no no no
Girl, I’m gone, no no no no no
Hey, girl!
Hey, girl!
Please don’t go
Please don’t go

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“Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere” Lyrics

Anytime, anyplace, anywhere
I’ll never forget what we shared
Comes a day there’s a knock on my door
I hope that you’ll be standing there

I’ll wonder what you’ll say if we meet
On the street one day, years from now
Maybe you’ll need time to recall
Oh, but I won’t need no time at all

Now I guess we’ve come full circle
’Cause we’re parting as friends

Anytime, anyplace, anywhere
I’ll never forget what we shared
Comes a day there’s a knock on my door
I hope that you’ll be standing there

Love can make the tears in the rain
And the brightest flame can fade away
When you look into the eyes of a friend
There’s a feeling in your heart that will never end

After all the songs I sang you
There’s no doubt in my mind

Anytime, anyplace, anywhere
I’ll never forget what we shared
Comes a day there’s a knock on your door
And maybe I’ll be standing there

[break]

Another road’s ahead of me
The night moves on
This heart never lies
These tears in my eyes
Say carry on

Anytime, anyplace, anywhere
I’ll never forget what we shared
Comes a day there’s a knock on my door
I hope that you’ll be standing there

Any day, any week, any month, any year
I’ll never forget what we shared
Comes a day there’s a knock on my door
I hope that you’ll be standing there

Any day, any week, any month, any year
I’ll never forget what we shared
Comes a day there’s a knock on my door
I hope that you’ll be standing there

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“That Was Then, This Is Now” Lyrics

You always say you like my style
You say I’m tough and kind of wild
Am I too much for you to take?
I swear this time, it’s not a game

I’ve known a lot of girls
No, this I won’t deny
I’ll give our love, I’ll give it more than a try

That was then, this is now
Let me prove my love, girl
I’ll make you proud
I never made this kind of vow
But that was then and this is now

I’ve led a thousand lives, it seems
And there’s been a lot of broken dreams
My mind has just swept love aside
But you’ve broke me down, you’ve put me wise

I’ve doubted all compassion
But you’ve shown me the score
I can’t doubt it, I don’t doubt it no more

That was then, this is now
Let me prove my love, girl
I’ll make you proud
I never made this kind of vow
But that was then and this is now

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I’ve known a lot of girls
No, this I won’t deny
I’ll give our love, I’ll give it more than a try

That was then, this is now
Let me prove my love, girl
I’ll make you proud
I never made this kind of vow
But that was then and this is now
That was then and this is now
That was then and this is now

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“The Girl I Knew Somewhere” Lyrics

You tell me that you’ve never been this way before
You tell me things I know that I’ve heard somewhere
You’re standing in the places
And you’re staring down through faces
That bring to mind traces of a girl
A girl that I knew somewhere

I just can’t put my finger on what it is
That says to me, “Watch out, don’t believe her”
I can’t give any reasons, girl
My thoughts are bound down in a whirl
I just can’t think who in the world was that girl?
I know I met her somewhere

Someway, somehow, the same thing was done
Someone, somewhere, did me the same wrong

[break]

Well, goodbye, dear, I just can’t take this chance again (Goodbye, dear, I just can’t take this chance again)
My fingers are still burning from the last time (My fingers are still burning from the last time)
And if your love was not a game
I only have myself to blame
That’s as may be, I can’t explain, just ask
The girl that I knew somewhere

And if your love was not a game
I only have myself to blame
That’s as may be, I can’t explain, just ask
The girl that I knew somewhere

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“Pleasant Valley Sunday” Lyrics

The local rock group down the street
Is trying hard to learn their song
They serenade the weekend squire
Who just came out to mow his lawn

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Sunday)
Charcoal burnin’ everywhere
Rows of houses that are all the same
And no one seems to care

See Mrs. Gray, she’s proud today
Because her roses are in bloom
And Mr. Green, he’s so serene
He’s got a T.V. in every room

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Sunday)
Here in status symbol land
Mothers complain about how hard life is
And the kids just don’t understand

Creature comfort goals
They only numb my soul
And make it hard for me to see (Ahh)
My thoughts all seem to stray
To places far away
I need a change of scenery

Ta ta-ta ta, ta ta-ta ta
Ta ta-ta ta, ta ta-ta taa
Ta ta-ta ta, ta ta-ta ta
Ta ta-ta ta, ta ta-ta taa

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Sunday)
Charcoal burnin’ everywhere
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Here in status symbol land

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Ah, Pleasant Valley Sunday)
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Ah, Pleasant Valley Sunday)
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Ah, Pleasant Valley Sunday)
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Ah, Pleasant Valley Sunday)
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Ah, Pleasant Valley Sunday)
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday (Ah, Pleasant Valley Sunday)

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“What Am I Doing Hangin’ ’Round?” Lyrics

Just a loudmouth Yankee, I went down to Mexico
I didn’t have much time to spend, about a week or so
There I lightly took advantage of a girl who loved me so
But I found myself a-thinkin’ when the time had come to go

What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?
I should be on that train and gone
I should be ridin’ on that train to San Antone
What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?

She took me to the garden just for a little walk
I didn’t know much Spanish, and there was no time for talk
Then she told me that she loved me, not with words, but with a kiss
And like a fool, I kept on thinkin’ of a train I could not miss

What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?
I should be on that train and gone
I should be ridin’ on that train to San Antone
What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?

Well, it’s been a year or so, and I wanna go back again
And if I get the money, well, I’ll ride the same old train
But I guess your chances come but once, and boy, I sure missed mine
And still I can’t stop thinkin’ when I hear some whistle cryin’

What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?
I should be on that train and gone
I should be ridin’ on that train to San Antone
What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?

What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?
I should be on that train and gone
I should be ridin’ on that train to San Antone
What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?

What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?
I should be on that train and gone
I should be ridin’ on that train to San Antone
What am I doin’ hangin’ ’round?

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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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“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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“Kicks” Lyrics

You thought you found the answer on that magic carpet ride last night
But when you wake up in the morning, the world still gets you uptight
Well, there’s nothing that you ain’t tried
To fill the emptiness inside
But when you come back down
You still ain’t feelin’ right

And it seems like kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
Before you find out it’s too late
You better get straight
But not with kicks
You just need help now

You think you’re gonna find yourself a little piece of paradise
But it ain’t happened yet, so now you better think twice
Don’t you see no matter what you do
You’ll never run away from you
If you keep on running
You’ll have to pay the price

Don’t it seem like kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
Before you find out it’s too late
You better get straight
But not with kicks

To help you face the world each day
That road goes nowhere
I’m gonna help you find yourself another way

Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find (You don’t need kicks, now)
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind (You just need help now)
Before you find out it’s too late
You better get straight (You better, you better, you better)

Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find (You don’t need kicks, now)
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind (You just need help now)
Before you find out it’s too late
You better get straight (You better, you better, you better)

Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
Before you find out it’s too late
You better get straight

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