The people came and listened
Some of them came and played
Others gave flowers away, yes they did
Down in Monterey
Down in Monterey

Young gods smiled upon the crowd
Their music being born of love
Children danced night and day
Religion was being born
Down in Monterey

The Byrds and the Airplane did fly
Oh, Ravi Shankar's music made me cry
The Who exploded into fire and light
Hugh Masekela's music was black as night
The Grateful Dead blew everybody's mind
Jimi Hendrix, baby, believe me
Set the world on fire, yeah

His Majesty, Prince Jones
Smiled as he moved among the crowd
Ten thousand electric guitars
Were groovin' real loud, yeah
You want to find the truth in life?
Don't pass music by
And you know I would not lie, no, I would not lie,
No, I would not lie
Down in Monterey

All right!
Three days of understanding
Of moving with one another
Even the cops grooved with us
Do you believe me, yeah?

Down in Monterey, down in Monterey
Down in Monterey, down in Monterey
I think that maybe I'm dreaming
Monterey, Monterey
Down in Monterey
Did you hear what I say?
Down in Monterey

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Monterey Lyrics as written by Danny Mcculloch Barry Jenkins

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    I can't find this song :(

    BOBOBOon January 10, 2008   Link
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    This is about the Monterey Pop Festival held in Monterey, CA in 1967. I love how they emulate the music of the artists mentioned in the song. "Prince Jones" is Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones. (The Rolling Stones themselves weren't there.) "The birds and the airplane did fly" Should be: "The Byrds and the Airplane did fly" (The Airplane is, of course, The Jefferson Airplane)

    Nomad66on June 05, 2012   Link
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    The line "I think that maybe I'm dreaming" is from the song "Renaissance Fair" by The Byrds.

    Nomad66on June 05, 2012   Link
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    I just SAW The Animals at Caesar's Coliseum in Windsor, Ontario (I'm a Detroit Yank.) Edgar Winters was the Opening Act.

    They were LOUD (my ears are ringing two days Later) and folks who lose their hearing can lose Other things-such as their Mind. Burdon started with "Spill the Wine from his War Collaboration. He improvised a bit "I was lying in a Field of Medical Marijuana." I actually came of age in the Me Generation Seventies (Fleetwood Mac and Disco) so I was a snot-nosed cartoon-watching kid in the Sixties-Barely aware of Vietnam-and hadn't heard of Woodstock-let alone Monterey. But, MAYBE Monterey was the Better of the two festivals-or the THREE if you count The Stones Altamont Disaster.

    drpoundsignon June 13, 2016   Link

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