“Cripple Creek” Lyrics

Micky: Alright, you dirty rats. Hm! Alright, all you dirty rats. Shh! I want to introduce somebody to you. Heh heh heh heh heh. Wawawa. Shh! Quiet! Ladies and gentlemen, the gargantuan Peter Tork.
Peter: Hello again. How are ya? That’s—Fine! Are you happy you’re here? No! What do you mean, are we happy we’re here? Would we pay our good money to come here if we weren’t gonna be happy? Naw, you wouldn’t. So, I’m glad you’re happy, ’cause we’re happy to be here. I’m gonna, I’m gonna… heh, hi! Heh heh heh. Ah, [???] Hi Hank. I’m gonna do a-a-a-a square dance tune, which I hate to tell you that I don’t get to—if you don’t shut up, there’ll be no show! This um, it’s a square dance tune, which I’m sorry you don’t get to dance to, but you can stomp your hands or clap your feet in time to the… I say something wrong? Um, and-and you can save it all up ’til later, when you get home and uh, if you’re really good… see, listen, we’re doing a record tonight, I mean, we’re recording, so, and it’s in stereo. So wherever you’re sitting now, that’s where you’re gonna be on the record. Well, I’m, I’m glad you’re making yourselves heard, ha ha ha ha ha. Alright, this is a square dance tune called “Cripple Creek”, and it goes something like this. It goes exactly like this.

Well, I married a wife in the month of June
Married her up by the light of the moon
We live down on Cripple Creek
We’ve been down there about a week

I’m a-goin’ down to Cripple Creek, I’m goin’ on a run
Goin’ down to Cripple Creek to have some fun
Goin’ down to Cripple Creek, I’m goin’ on a run
Goin’ down to Cripple Creek to have some fun

Now Cripple Creek girls about half grown
Jump on a man like a dog on a bone
Roll my pants up to my knees
Cross on Cripple Creek a-when I please

I’m a-goin’ down to Cripple Creek, I’m goin’ on a run
Goin’ down to Cripple Creek to have some fun
Goin’ down to Cripple Creek, I’m goin’ on a run
Goin’ down to Cripple Creek to have some fun

Well, I’m a-goin’ up to Cripple Creek, I’m goin’ on a run
I’m a-goin’ up to Cripple Creek to have some fun
I’m a-goin’ up to Cripple Creek, I’m goin’ on a run
Goin’ up to Cripple Creek to have some fun

Peter: Thank you!


Sources

  1. The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the ’60s TV Pop Sensation (2005), Andrew Sandoval, p. 287.
  2. Live 1967 (1987) (CD).