Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn,
& Jones, LTD.

Goin' Down

(Diane Hildebrand/Peter Tork/Michael Nesmith/Micky Dolenz/David Jones)

Lead Vocals: Micky Dolenz
Guitar: Michael Nesmith
Percussion: Davy Jones
Bass: Peter Tork
Drums: Eddie Hoh
Trumpet: Bud Brisbois, Virgil Evans, Uan Rasey, & Thomas Scott
Trombone: Louis Blackburn, Richard Leith, Richard Nash, & Philip Teelee
Sax: William Collette, William Hood, Plas Johnson, & John Lowe
Arranged By: Shorty Rogers
Recorded At: RCA Studios, Hollywood
Date: June 10 & 11, 1967

"Goin' Down", a variation of Mose Allison's "Parchment Farm", was credited to the group and Diane Hilderbrand. This song was released as the flip side to "Daydream Believer", and an alternate longer mono mix is a bonus on the fourth album. Also, an alternate vocal version was used in the TV show several times. This vocal was recorded "live" to ensure synchronization of Micky's singing and lip movements.

On CD:
The Monkees Music Box (2001), Rhino Records R2 76706 (stereo mix)
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, LTD. (1995), Rhino Records R2 71793 (extended mono mix)


Floating in the river
With a saturated liver
And I wish I could forgive her,
But I do believe she meant it
When she told me to forget it,
But I bet she will regret it
When they find me in the morning,
Wet and drowned and word gets round.
I'm goin' down, I'm goin' down.

I'm coming up for air,
It's pretty stuffy under there,
I'd like to say I didn't care,
But I forgot to leave a note
And it's so hard to stay afloat
All soakin' wet without a boat
And I knew I should have taken off my shoes
It's front page news.
Goin' down, goin' down.

I wish I had another drink,
It wouldn't so hard to sink,
I should have taken time to think,
Besides I got the picture straight,
She must have had another date.
I didn't need this extra weight;
I wish that I could see the way to shore.
I don't want no more.
Goin' down, I'm goin' down.

Now I see the life I led,
I slept it all away in bed,
I should have learned to swim instead.
And now it's really got me stumped,
I can't remember why I jumped.
I'd like to get my tummy pumped,
And I can't believe they drink this stuff in town.
This dirty brown.
Goin' down, Goin' down.

I wish I looked before I leaped,
I didn't know it was so deep.
Been down so far I'm soakin' wet,
And I haven't touched the bottom yet.
This river scene is getting old,
I'm hungry, sleepy, wet and cold.
She told me to forget it nice,
I should have taken her advice.
I only want to go on home,
I'll gladly leave that girl alone.
What a way to spend the night,
If I don't drown, I'll die of fright.
My pappy taught me how to float,
But I can't swim a single note.
He threw me in to teach me how,
I stayed there floating like a momma cow
And now I've floated way down stream,
I know this has got to be a dream.
If I could find my way to shore,
I'd never do this any more.
They give you three, I been down nine,
And going down one more time.
Goin' down, goin' down.
Goin' down, goin' down.

Now the sky is getting light,
And everything wil be alright,
I think I've finally got the knack,
Just floating lazy on my back.
I never really liked that town,
I think I'll ride the river down,
Just moving slow and floating free,
This river swinging under me.
Waving to the folks on shore,
I should have thought of this before.
I'll float on down to New Orleans,
And pick up on some swinging scenes,
I'm gonna know a better day,
I'll go down groovin' all the way.
Goin' down, goin' down.
Goin' down, goin' gown.
[repeat & fade]

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