Goin' Down
The Monkees Lyrics


Sock it to me
Floatin' down 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
And I bet she will regret it
When they find me in the morning wet and drowned
And the word gets 'round
Goin' down
Goin' down

Comin' up for air, it's pretty stuffy under there 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
I'm soakin' wet without a boat
And I knew I should have taken off my shoes
It's front page news
Goin' down
Goin' down

Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

I wish I had another drink
It wouldn't be 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

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

I wished I'd looked before I leaped
I didn't know it was so deep
Been down so far I don't get wet
I haven't touched the bottom yet
This river scene is gettin' 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'd 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 floatin' like a mama cow
And now I've floated way downstream
Know this has to be a dream
If I could find my way to shore
I'd never, never do this anymore
I'll give you three, I've been down nine
I'm goin' down just one more time
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
I'm goin' back home
Back home to my friends
Back under the warm
And I can do with it, too

Now the sky is gettin' light
An everythng will be all right
Think I finally got the knack
Just floatin' here lazy on my back
I never really liked that town
I think I'll ride the river down
Just movin' slow and floatin' free
There's a river swinging under me
Waving back to the folks on shore
I should have thought of this before
I'm floatin' on down to New Orleans
And pick up on some swingin' scenes
I'm gonna know a better day
I'm goin' down groovin' all the way
Goin' down
Go-go-go-in' down
I'm goin' down, back, back, back
I'm goin' back, back, back home
I'm go-goin' down, hey, hey, hey, hey
Goin' on down, hey, hey, hey, hey
Go, go, goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down, go, go
Oh, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Got to, got to, got to, got to, got to, got to
Got to go
Got to go, got to go back home, I'm goin' down
Down, down, down, down, down, down, down the river now
I gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DAVID THOMAS JONES, DIANE HILDERBRAND, MICHAEL NESMITH, MICKY DOLENZ, PETER TORK

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Ahmed Shahin

Sock it to me
Floatin' down 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
And I bet she will regret it
When they find me
in the morning
wet and drowned
And the word gets 'round
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
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
I'm soakin' wet without a boat
And I knew I should have
taken off my shoes
It's front page new-oos
Goin' down
I'm goin' down...
I wish I had another drink
It wouldn't be 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
And 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 believe why I jumped
I'd like to get my tummy pumped
I can't believe they
drink this stuff in town
This dirty brown
Goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down
I'm down
I'm down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
I wish, I looked before I leaped
I didn't know it was so deep
Been down so far I don't get wet
Haven't touched the bottom yet
This river scene is gettin' 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'd 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 floatin' like a mama cow
And now I've floated way down stream
I know this has to be a dream
If I could find my way to shore
I'd never, never do this anymore
I'll give you three, I've been down nine
I'm goin' down just one more time
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
I'm goin' back home
Back to my friend
Back to the world
Back to tutor
I'm goin' home
Now the sky is gettin' light
And everything will be alright
Think I finally got the knack
Just floatin' here lazy on my back
I never really liked that town
I think I'll ride the river down
Just movin' slow and floatin' free
There's a river swingin' under me
Waving back to the folks on shore
I should have thought of this before
I'm floatin' on down to New Orleans
And pick up on some swingin' scenes
I'm gonna know a better day
I'll go down groovin' all the way
Goin' down
I'm goin' goin' down
I'm goin' down
New Orleans
Back home
I'm goin' goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' goin' goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down
Gotcha go back home
I'm goin' down
Down, down, down, down, down, down, down
Got to go, got to go, got to go
Writer(s): DAVID THOMAS JONES, MICKY DOLENZ, PETER TORK, DIANE HILDERBRAND, MICHAEL NESMITH



W H

Sock it to me
Floatin' down 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
And I bet she will regret it
When they find me in the morning wet and drowned
And the word gets 'round
Goin' down
Goin' down

Comin' up for air, it's pretty stuffy under there 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
I'm soakin' wet without a boat
And I knew I should have taken off my shoes
It's front page news
Goin' down
Goin' down

Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

I wish I had another drink
It wouldn't be 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

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

I wished I'd looked before I leaped
I didn't know it was so deep
Been down so far I don't get wet
I haven't touched the bottom yet
This river scene is gettin' 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'd 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 floatin' like a mama cow
And now I've floated way downstream
Know this has to be a dream
If I could find my way to shore
I'd never, never do this anymore
I'll give you three, I've been down nine
I'm goin' down just one more time
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
I'm goin' down
I'm goin' back home
Back home to my friends
Back under the warm
And I can do with it, too

Now the sky is gettin' light
An everythng will be all right
Think I finally got the knack
Just floatin' here lazy on my back
I never really liked that town
I think I'll ride the river down
Just movin' slow and floatin' free
There's a river swinging under me
Waving back to the folks on shore
I should have thought of this before
I'm floatin' on down to New Orleans
And pick up on some swingin' scenes
I'm gonna know a better day
I'm goin' down groovin' all the way
Goin' down
Go-go-go-in' down
I'm goin' down, back, back, back
I'm goin' back, back, back home
I'm go-goin' down, hey, hey, hey, hey
Goin' on down, hey, hey, hey, hey
Go, go, goin' down
I'm goin' down
Goin' down, go, go
Oh, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Got to, got to, got to, got to, got to, got to
Got to go
Got to go, got to go back home, I'm goin' down
Down, down, down, down, down, down, down the river now
I gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go



Paul Young

MUC 300
1.) Performers and instrumentation:
Micky Dolenz- vocals
Michael Nesmith- guitar
Davy Jones- percussion
Peter Tork- bass
Eddie Hoh- drums
Bud Brisbois, Virgil Evans, Uan Rasey, & Thomas Scott- trumpets
Louis Blackburn, Richard Leith, Richard Nash, & Philip Teelee- trombone
William Collette, William Hood, Plas Johnson, & John Lowe- saxes
2.) School/Style of Jazz:
Jazz/Rock fusion
3.) Form:
32-bar
4.) Reason for inclusion:
I really enjoyed the song since it's not something you would expect from the Monkees.



All comments from YouTube:

John Penza

The snobs can say whatever they want; I'll argue to my last breath, these guys were very very talented. I love the Monkees.

Michael Collins

Only chuckleheads would argue Monkees have no talent. The producers struck gold even if only by accident. Dolenz is one of the most underrated performers in modern popular music.

J G

Age ten and eight years after it happened, I cried myself to sleep that the Monkees broke up. Not the Beatles by a long shot, but still an outstanding band full of talented individuals.

Tony McCluskey

yep...no shortage of talent there

Neil Steiner

Who can compare to the Beatles???? Besides, they had the Monkee Mobile. I don’t recall a car named. Beatle, oh yeah Beetle. A real POS who sold more cars than any other, ever, in history.

Dianne

why the comparisons? the original
comment was they were very talented period. that’s all. no muss no fuss. sheesh :)

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John Lopez

MICKY DOLENZ, THE MOST UNDERRATED SINGER IN ROCK & ROLL HISTORY. PLEASE PUT THESE MEN IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME!! THE PUBLIC DEMANDS IT!!

Randall Kennedy

Hall of fame doesn't matter.Monkees were better than shit bands like the ramones and kiss for sure .Also better songs than jefferson airplane and grateful dead.

C Louise

Micky is one of the best vocalists and seriously under appreciated as are all of the Monkees. One of the producers said it was like catching lightening in a bottle with how lucky they were to get these four very talented guys. The Monkees may have started as a tv show but their own talent couldn't be hidden and came through. They deserve a lot more respect than they've gotten.
And as a note Mike Nesmith was pretty much the genius who developed MTV, back when it was worth watching.

theria mermiges

Watching Mike Nesmith Marathon, with my son..We remember the talent these guys had...Still HOT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!
Love it all!
Going! 'Goin' Down'
DAMN BOY!!
Singing, Rappng, Scattin'... Genius!
For Real!
R.i.P. Mike , Davy, and Peter
Thinking of you Mickey...

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