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"Last Train to Clarksville"
(Boyce–Hart)
Last Train to Clarksville

Composers
 

Tommy Boyce
Bobby Hart

Producers
 

Tommy Boyce
Bobby Hart

Publisher

Screen Gems–Columbia Music, Inc.

Performance rights

BMI
 

Album

The Monkees

Single by the Monkees

B-side

"Take a Giant Step"

Release date

16 August 1966

Label

Colgems Records

Country

United States

Catalog no.

66-1001

Followed by
     b/w

"I'm a Believer"
"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"

Single by the Monkees

B-side

"Monkee's Theme"

Release date

1973

Label

Flashback Records

Country

United States

Catalog no.
 

FLB 70
AFS 9118 (reissue)

Preceded by
     b/w

"Steam Engine"
"Rainbows"

Followed by
     b/w

"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"I'm a Believer"

Single by the Monkees

A-side

"It's Nice to Be with You"

Release date

1994

Label

Collectables

Country

United States

Catalog no.

COL 0386

Preceded by
     b/w

"Every Step of the Way"
"(I'll) Love You Forever"

Followed by
     b/w

"Monkees' Theme"
"The Girl I Knew Somewhere"

"Last Train to Clarksville", written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, is The Monkees' first single, first released on 16 August 1966 by Colgems Records as 66-1001 backed with "Take a Giant Step". The song was also featured on the band's debut album The Monkees. The single was the first record released by Colgems and featured a mono mix of the song; a stereo version first appeared on the stereo album.

The single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week starting 5 November 1966.

Studio MixesEdit

Sessions for "Last Train to Clarksville" were produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and recorded at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood on 25 July 1966 and other dates. All four Monkees are said to have recorded lead vocals for "Last Train to Clarksville", but when Micky Dolenz's vocal was selected, the three others were destroyed.

creditsEdit

lead vocals: Micky Dolenz
guitar: Tommy Boyce, Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
bass: Larry Taylor
drums: Billy Lewis
tambourine: Gene Estes
percussion: David Walters

mono single masterEdit

stereo album masterEdit

Live RecordingsEdit

CoversEdit

LyricsEdit

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

'Cause I'm leaving in the morning
And I must see you again
We'll have one more night together
Till 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

Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo

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 feeling low
Oh, no, no, no
Oh, no, no, no
And I don't know if I'm ever coming home

Oh

Take the last train to Clarksville
And I'll meet you at the station
You can be here by four thirty
'Cause I made your reservation
Don't be slow
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
Take the last train to Clarksville
Take the last train to Clarksville

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