"Pleasant Valley Sunday" as written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin....
The local rock group down the street
Is trying hard to learn their song
They serenade the weekend squire
Who just came out to mow his lawn
Another pleasant valley Sunday
Charcoal burning everywhere
Rows of houses that are all the same
And no one seems to care

See Mrs.Gray, she's proud today
Because her roses are in bloom
And Mr.Green, he's so serene
He's got a TV in every room
Another pleasant valley Sunday
Here in status symbol land
Mothers complain about how hard life is
And the kids just don't understand

Creature comfort goals, they only numb my soul
And make it hard for me to see
(Ah ah ah) ah thoughts all seem to stray to places far away
I need a change of scenery

Ta ta ta ta, ta ta ta ta
Ta ta ta ta, ta ta ta ta

Another pleasant valley Sunday
Charcoal burning everywhere
Another pleasant valley Sunday
Here in status symbol land
Another pleasant valley Sunday (a pleasant valley Sunday)
Another pleasant valley Sunday (a pleasant valley Sunday)
Another pleasant valley Sunday (a pleasant valley Sunday)
Another pleasant valley Sunday (a pleasant valley Sunday)
Another pleasant valley Sunday (a pleasant valley Sunday)


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"Pleasant Valley Sunday" as written by Gerald Wexler Carole King

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  • +2
    General CommentThe plastic artificial nature of suburban life. The empty and impersonal interactions of modernity.
    PencilNeckedGeekon January 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of them said in an interview that it's about an asylum, but I don't really buy that
    tennisluvr71on August 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this about how stagnant life is in West Orange NJ. This is where they lived during their employment at the famous Brill Building in the late 60's. To correct some errors involving the musicians on the Monkees recording, Mike Nesmith played lead guitar and harmony vocals, Peter Tork played piano, Micky did lead vocals, Davy played maracas and sang backing vocals, Chip Douglas was on bass, Bill Chadwick played acoustic guitar and Eddie Hoh was on drums.
    monkeeman3on January 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA punk anthem, years before punk - written by an American - puts us rebellious Brits to shame.
    Compare the lyrics with the Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap. or Springsteen's Jungleland
    nagromnaion February 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMonkees' best...great lyrics, vocals & subject. Highly underrated tune.
    kevwizon November 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed. One of my favourite Monkees songs!
    wildandfreeon May 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lines 'rows of houses that are all the same / and no one seems to care' could be likened to the Surburbian setting in Edward Scissorhands even if that film was released 23 years after the song.
    I am not a roboton September 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin an interview, Peter Tork said that he played keyboards and
    Mike Nesmith played bass on this - these guys were the real
    deal, while Dolenz and Jones were the "frontmen" - Peter was
    a friend of Steven Stills (who tried out for the Monkees) and
    lent him some cash at one point to help get CSN underway
    rockboy52on December 06, 2012   Link
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    General Commentin an interview, Peter Tork said that he played keyboards and
    Mike Nesmith played bass on this - these guys were the real
    deal, while Dolenz and Jones were the "frontmen" - Peter was
    a friend of Steven Stills (who tried out for the Monkees) and
    lent him some cash at one point to help get CSN underway
    rockboy52on December 06, 2012   Link
  • -3
    General CommentOne of the few Beatles songs I actually like. (Their Yellow Submarine album was the suckiest album of all time!). This song is the dream that people have, but not all are fortunate to realize. When we grow old and look back at our lives, it's not the temporary relationships, the one-night stands, the lies, the manipulations, the games, or the notches on our bedposts that mean diddly squat. Those who truly live life have not only stable relationships, but friends and significant others who love them, know them, are loyal, and are honest. I am blessed with many friends, many of them emotionally and financially successful. And guess what. They are wild and crazy. They know how to work and save for their futures, while still letting their hair down. Here's to pleasant valley Sundays and having true love and real friendships. I've met people in their 40's and 50's who never grew up until it was too late. And they are alone.
    Jeffreystumpon December 06, 2012   Link

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