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Wednesday, August 26, 2009



I've been really getting excited about visiting the Captain - so I've been googling Clarksville - HOW COOL IS THIS? The Monkees first hit refers to Clarksville and the picture was taken in the train station (according to a website I found).! I may have to get the Captain to take me there to see if I can find that spot! Here's some more trivia:

Boyce and Hart wrote this as a protest to the Vietnam War. They had to keep this quiet in order to get it recorded, but it is about a guy who gets drafted and goes to fight in the war. The train is taking him to an army base, and he knows he may die in Vietnam. At the end of the song he states, "I don't know if I'm ever coming home."

Bobby Hart: "We were just looking for a name that sounded good. There's a little town in Northern Arizona I used to go through in the summer on the way to Oak Creek Canyon called Clarksdale. We were throwing out names, and when we got to Clarksdale, we thought Clarksville sounded even better. We didn't know it at the time, [but] there is an Air Force base near the town of Clarksville, Tennessee - which would have fit the bill fine for the story line. We couldn't be too direct with The Monkees. We couldn't really make a protest song out of it - we kind of snuck it in."


Words and Music by
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart

Take the last train to Clarksville,
And I'll meet you at the station.
You can be be there by four thirty,
'Cause I made your reservation.
Don't be slow, oh, no, no, no!
Oh, no, no, no!

'Cause I'm leavin' in the morning
And I must see you again
We'll have one more night together
'Til the morning brings my train.
And I must go, oh, no, no, no!
Oh, no, no, no!
And I don't know if I'm ever coming home.

Take the last train to Clarksville.
I'll be waiting at the station.
We'll have time for coffee flavored kisses
And a bit of conversation.
Oh... Oh, no, no, no!
Oh, no, no, no!

Take the last train to Clarksville,
Now I must hang up the phone.
I can't hear you in this noisy
Railroad station all alone.
I'm feelin' low. Oh, no, no, no!
Oh, no, no, no!
And I don't know if I'm ever coming home.

Take the last train to Clarksville,
Take the last train to Clarksville,
[repeat and fade]
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  • 1SUNSHINEGIRL
    Thanks for the info Heather....I BARELY remember the Monkee's.
    4206 days ago
  • UPFORFUN03
    Yipes, I guess this means something more to me because I have a couple of Viet Nam vets facing some serious issues right about now... and I think that artists, even back in the day, had to hide their message and find some satisfaction in having gotten it across to maybe only a few.... I listened to that song as a kid - forbidden of course because my family was Baptist... I had no idea. And I'm afraid that even now, people have no idea...
    4207 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2009 10:21:08 PM
  • CALIKAYE
    Monkee fan here... I remember watching them on TV. LOL Factoids are the best! Thanks for sharing.
    4207 days ago
  • HOCKIMAMA
    Heather, just finished reading this and now I'm humming this song in my head! I LOVE the Monkees! This particular song doesn't strike up a certain memory but I just remember how seeing Davy Jones made me smile! How cool that you might be in Clarksville! And just remember, you're not as old as me! :p
    4207 days ago
  • CYNTHIAS50
    Heather it seems like yesterday that this was playing on the radio, and my sibs and I would be singing our hearts out, and I never knew it was about a boy going off to war! I learn something new everyday, thanks for sharing that little tidbit of history ! BTW, I 'm feeling kinda old now too!
    4207 days ago
  • ARIAL61
    I love The Monkees! I have a CD of some of their songs I listen to when I'm home alone. LOL!! I remember listening to that song as young child and wondering what it was about and why 'coffee flavored kisses' were so great. That was during the time when I was my brother's 'date bait'. I remember riding in his car with the windows down, music blaring, feet bare and the leather seats burning my legs in the summertime on the way to see his latest girl. Oh the memories! Now I feel old! If you go to Clarksville, take pictures!
    4207 days ago
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