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Headquarters


Shades of Gray

(Barry Mann/Cyntha Weil)

Lead Vocals: Davy Jones & Peter Tork
French Horn: Vince DeRosa
Cello: Fred Seykora
Recorded At: RCA Victor Studio C, Hollywood
Date: March 16 & 22, 1967

On the day that Don Kirshner filed a 35 million dollar lawsuit against Screen Gems for breach of contract, the Monkees recorded "Shades Of Gray." The beautiful protest song is clearly the highlight of the album.

On CD:
Headquarters (1995), Rhino Records R2 71792
The Monkees Music Box (2001), Rhino Records R2 76706


Lyrics:

When the world and I were young,
Just yesterday.
Live was such a simple game,
A child could play.
It was easy then to tell right from wrong.
Easy then to tell weak from strong.
When a man should stand and fight,
Or just go along.

But today there is no day or night
Today there is no dark or light.
Today there is no black or white,
Only shades of gray.

I remember when the answers seemed so clear
We had never lived with doubt or tasted fear.
It was easy then to tell truth from lies
Selling out from compromise
Who to love and who to hate,
The foolish from the wise.

But today there is no day or night
Today there is no dark or light.
Today there is no black or white,
Only shades of gray.

[Instumental interlude]

It was easy then to know what was fair
When to keep and when to share.
How much to protect your heart
And how much to care.

But today there is no day or night
Today there is no dark or light.
Today there is no black or white,
Only shades of gray.
Only shades of gray.



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