Song of the Day: Last Train to Clarksville

October 15th, 2006


Performer: The Monkees

Composer: Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart

Year: 1966

Why I like it: Gotta love that jangly guitar.

Trivia: Despite the bubble-gum tune, this is actually a song protesting the Vietnam War. The protagonist of the song has been drafted and wants to meet his girlfriend one last time before he is sent off to war.

2 Responses to “Song of the Day: Last Train to Clarksville”

  1. M-T-Mon 16 Oct 2006 at

    I still remember my sister (a diehard Beatles, and more particularly, Paul, fan) having toe-to-toe rows with one of her friends because she had read somewhere that the Monkees didn’t write their own music whereas the Beatles did …

    This stuff matters sooooo much when you’re a tennager. As a grumpy middle-aged man, you can focus on the bits that really matter – perfect pop songs with great jangly guitar lines.

  2. Declan Chellaron 16 Oct 2006 at

    “The Monkees” was a TV series about a fictional band. They only became a real performing band after the series became successful. So not only did they not write this song, they didn’t play any of the instruments on it either.

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