“The Girl I Left Behind Me” (prev. unissued early version) Lyrics

You told me not to try and tie you down
So I just took my place and hung around
You always said that you must be free
Well, you couldn’t see, you were losin’ me
And messing up the one good thing we had

And now, I’m going out the same way I came in
The game is over now, I couldn’t win
My heart is all I have to pack
And this time, girl, I won’t be back
And years from now, I’ll turn around and see
The girl I left behind me

I told myself that things would be okay
You’d come around to my way any day
As time went on, you just stayed the same
No, you couldn’t change or be rearranged
I’m pickin’ up the pieces of my life

And now, I’m going out the same way I came in
The game is over now, I couldn’t win
My heart is all I have to pack
And this time, girl, I won’t be back
And years from now, I’ll turn around and see
The girl I left behind me

[break]
As time went on, you just stayed the same
No, you, you couldn’t change or be rearranged
I’m pickin’ up the pieces of my life

And now, I’m going out the same way I came in
The game is over now, I couldn’t win
My heart is all I have to pack
But this time, girl, I won’t be back
And years from now, I’ll turn around and see
The girl I left behind me
Behind me
Behind me
Behind me
Behind me
Behind me


Sources

  1. The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the ’60s TV Pop Sensation (2005), Andrew Sandoval, p. 290.
  2. The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees (1994) (CD).