“Never Tell a Woman Yes” Lyrics

Oh my, my my

In a dusty caravan was a girl with a golden tan
And she asked me if I was headed to the east
I politely stepped aside and said I did not need a ride
That I’d rather take my chances with the heat

Well, when she turned and walked away, I saw my big mistake
There were jewels on her body oh so rare
Had it been another day, I just might’ve rode away
With that woman ridin’ off to God knows where

So the years, they came and went
And found me livin’ in a tent far above a little marble stream
And it may’ve been the light that shone out through the night
That attracted the hand scratchin’ on my screen

When I cautiously looked out through the night, there was no doubt
That the owner of the hand was that girl
So I bid her, “Do come in, and I’ll open up a tin
If you’ll tell me ’bout your trip around the world”

Well, she said, “If you think back to the first time that we passed
I’m sure you’ll picture me in all my jewels
And it was shortly after then that I ran into another man
And I asked him the same question that I asked you

“But now he, he didn’t refuse, and he took off both his shoes
And climbed aboard my eastbound caravan
And in the twinkling of an eye, he had knocked me off the side
And left me there for death upon the sand

“Then I thought that I was done, lyin’ naked in the sun
When much to my surprise, who should pass?
But this ol’ friend of yours, he said he knew ya from the wars
And I told him that I thought you’d headed west

“Well, he said he should have known ’cause you liked to be alone
And that’s the time I knew you were my one
So I asked him for a ride just to get here by your side
And stay here above this stream out of the sun”

Well, we sat quite for a while, and I began to smile
And I said, “Well, it’s strange but I don’t care”
And some nights, when I’m at rest, I wonder if I’d said yes
If she’d have come to me from God knows where

Or would I have been the one to leave her lyin’ in the sun
And then ended up with only precious stones?
Or would the woman in my arms be givin’ me her charms
If the answer that I gave her wasn’t “no”?

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Sources

  1. The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the ’60s TV Pop Sensation (2005), Andrew Sandoval, p. 296.
  2. The Monkees Present (1994) (CD).