February 10, 2012

The Monkees - Porpoise Song (1968)

Originally put together by television producers who wanted to create an American version of The Beatles, this group got their start on their self-titled television show which aired from 1966 to 1968. Being creatively held back, the group eventually fought for their right to be autonomous and broke away from their television series. Though they were often cited as Beatles knock-offs in their years, they managed to sell over sixty-five million copies and gained the respectable reputation they deserved.

Released six months after the last episode of their television show, this song started as a single that was soon released on their 1968 album, Head. It was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and the lyrics play on the drummer’s, Micky Dolenz’s, youth, starring on the television program, Circus Boy, as a child.

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The Monkees - Porpoise Song (1968)

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My, my
The clock in the sky
Is pounding away
And there's so much to say
A face, a voice
An overdub has no choice
An image cannot rejoice

Wanting to be
To hear and to see
Crying to the sky
But the porpoise is laughing
Goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Clicks, clacks
Ridin’ the backs
Of giraffes for laughs
‘s alright for a while
The eagle sings of castles
And kings and things
That go with a life of style

Wanting to feel
To know what is real
Living is a- is a lie
The porpoise is waiting
Goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye


  1. This song is a psychedelic sweet! I used to hear it everyday :)

    1. Very psychedelic, indeed. It's a great song!