Dolenz Sings Nesmith: The E.P. (2022)

  1. “Soul-Writer’s Birthday” (Nesmith)
  2. “Some of Shelly’s Blues” (Nesmith)
  3. “The Crippled Lion” (Nesmith)
  4. “Grand Ennui” (Nesmith)

“Soul-Writer’s Birthday” Lyrics

While ridin’ on a donkey with a prized golden mane
I saw a prima donna who was actin’ quite insane
Callin’ out for all to hear a name that made no sense
While holdin’ up for all to see a broken circus tent

It was soul writer’s birthday
On the twenty-fifth of June

I saw brightly colored neon lights pickle through his hair
Castin’ wiggly shaped shadows here, there, and everywhere
Leadin’ little children to the park, watchin’ out for rain
Tellin’ fairy tales and preachin’ love amongst some other things

It was soul writer’s birthday
On the twenty-fifth of June
It was soul writer’s birthday
On the twenty-fifth of June

[break]

He’s livin’ in a Canyon house with cats and whirlybirds
Strung out behind incredible, as his favorite word
Lookin’ down and growin’ up with one eye partly blind
Eatin’ chocolate covered grass and lovin’ porcupines

It was soul writer’s birthday
On the twenty-fifth of June
It was soul writer’s birthday
On the twenty-fifth of June

Soul writer’s birthday
Soul writer’s birthday

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“Some of Shelly’s Blues” Lyrics

Tell me just one more time the reasons why you must leave
Tell me once more why you’re sure you don’t need me
Tell me again, but don’t think that you’ll convince me

Now you’ve said before fallin’ in love again, you’d rather be dead
’Cause when someone breaks your heart, you cry your eyes red
But there’s nothin’ so hard about the life that you’ve led

As far as I can see, there’s no reasons for goodbyes
You’re just runnin’ scared, and that’s somethin’ I won’t buy

So you lose, I won’t let you go with nothin’ to show but more blues
And all this talk about leavin’ is strictly bad news
So you settle down and stay with the man that loves you

[break]

As far as I can see, there’s no reason for goodbyes
You’re just runnin’ scared, and that’s somethin’ I won’t buy

So you lose, I won’t let you go with nothin’ to show but more blues
And all this talk about leavin’ is strictly bad news
So you settle down and stay with the man that loves you
So you settle down and stay with the man that loves you
Hey, you settle down, stay with me


“The Crippled Lion” Lyrics

Slowly I walk through the gentle pouring rain
I know that I will never pass this way again
Never wondering why
Teardrops chafing my eyes

Longing to be where the melted kisses fall
Lingering and still, while quietly they tell their all
Blue is the color of the sun
And nothing stops when everything is done

Now my whole world opens up in different rhymes and tunes
With highways making up the verse
And then suddenly I see the light of something called the moon
And though my path is planned, it’s not rehearsed

And so I move along to the next thing on the list
Knowing full well that some of them just don’t exist
But I am finally alone
And where my foot steps down is where it’s home

[break]

And so I move along to the next thing on the list
Knowing full well that some of them just don’t exist
But I am finally alone
And where my foot steps down is where it’s home
And where my foot steps down is where it’s home


“Grand Ennui” Lyrics

I was overland tourin’ in my new Ferrari
At just about a hundred and ten
I was on my way home from a sophisticated party
Where I got a little drunk on gin

And as the headlights cast
A glow on the road
I heard a voice inside of me
It said, “You lost the light
Now you’re movin’ through the night
Runnin’ from the grand ennui (Runnin’ from the grand ennui)
Runnin’ from the grand ennui”

Well, I reached in my pocket and I pulled out the Omega
That never was a second behind
I knew the horse that I was runnin’ at the southern Talladega
Had won for the twenty-second time

And then the countess I was with
Bent over with a kiss
And put a jeweled hand on my knee
I knew I’d lost the light
And I was movin’ through the night
Runnin’ from the grand ennui (Runnin’ from the grand ennui)
Runnin’ from the grand ennui

[break]

Well, that night passed in a blaze of glory
With the countess and the car, both mine
And each day passes with the same old story
But the countess has a brand new line

Yet still at night
I’m haunted by the fright
And the distant memory
Of the day I lost the light
And movin’ through the night
Runnin’ from the grand ennui (Runnin’ from the grand ennui)
Runnin’ from the grand ennui
Runnin’ from the grand ennui (Runnin’ from the grand ennui)
Runnin’ from the grand ennui


Sources

  1. The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the ’60s TV Pop Sensation (2005), Andrew Sandoval, p. 299.
  2. The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the ’60s TV Pop Sensation (2005), Andrew Sandoval, p. 288.
  3. The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the ’60s TV Pop Sensation (2005), Andrew Sandoval, p. 290.