"Last Train to Clarksville", as written by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce, became the Monkees's first hit single after the release of their television show in 1966. The song reached number one on the...
Take the last train to Clarksville
And I'll meet you at the station
You can be here by four-thirty,
'Cause I've 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
'Til 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 no no no, oh no no no

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

Take the last train to Clarksville,
And I'll meet you at the station,
You can be here by four-thirty,
'Cause I've 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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    General CommentI was told that in an interview with one of the directors of the TV show, that this was an anti-war song. As the Monkees were mainly pop at the time, the song was written with that kind of vibe, and was subtle in its protest. There was a military mustering station located in Clarksville Tennessee, hence, "Take the last train to Clarkville...And I dont know if I'm ever coming home."
    Gratefulon December 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like this song becuase it sounds just like the Beatles, and also because Mike Nesmith's mom invented white-out and The Monkees spent a weekend in her garage bottling the stuff. lol. It's really catchy too.
    smartykat37on October 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYep, an anti-war song, catchy and subversive enough to make it past the establishment onto the airwaves. I've read that it was played at orientation for draftees, usually to break the ice :)

    Also, what an heinous girlfriend :[
    aventurineon April 01, 2012   Link
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    General Commentsounds a bit like the folk song "Old joe Clark", atleast the music does, I cant imagine the Monkees singing about a murderer whos going to get hanged.
    FackingHellon October 31, 2006   Link

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