"Goin' Down" as written by Diane Hilderbrand, Peter Tork, David Thomas Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith....
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 submitted by Madcappunk

"Goin Down" as written by Diane Hilderbrand David Thomas Jones

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this is about relationships with women. He says:

    "And I wish I could forgive her,
    But I do believe she meant it,
    When she told me to forget it"

    I think he means that he wishes that he could forgive her for telling him to "forget it," but there is no hope as she really did mean that it was over. This caused him to drown, and he's only new to this whole relationship thing, so he can't swim, he hasn't had any practise.

    He says he's forget her if he could: "I'll gladly leave that girl alone," but he can't.

    He gives up on relationships because of this trauma that he's going through:

    "If I could find my way to shore,
    I’d never ever do this anymore,"

    But then he realises that he doesn't have to stay in the same spot:

    "I never really liked that town;
    I think I'll ride the river down"

    And he finds acceptance: "Just movin’ slow and floatin’ free."


    This is a really beautiful song, it goes through the arc of depression, anger, and acceptance really powerfully and it contrasts them well. That and his ROCKING VOCALS AND RHYTHM!
    dara113895on September 28, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about getting dumped and getting drunk. Later realizing you are drunker than you should be, Then getting drunker. Just read the words.
    bbfanon March 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo love for Goin' Down?!

    Oh *man,* what a badass song this is. If you haven't heard it, you're in for a treat. I've never jumped in the river to commit suicide, but I have no trouble believing in the authenticity of the lyrics. The rap-like pace and the frantic, squalling brass capture the desperation in the lyrics perfectly. Micky Dolenz's finest hour, for sure.
    aventurineon April 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreatest vocal performance by a rock and roll guy. ever
    rb3868on March 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song is about a man who's girlfriend broke up with him, tries to commit suicide, and immediately regrets the attempt.
    ToTheBatmobileon June 03, 2017   Link

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