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Daily Nightly: The theme song

Monkees_1 A funny thing happened on the way to the Internet. Searching for the Daily Nightly blog while traveling, I somehow managed to land at a Web site for The Monkees (people of a certain age will know of whom I speak). Lo and behold, there were the lyrics to, yes, “Daily Nightly” by Michael Nesmith. I have no idea what they mean, but I suspect that wasn’t the point when Nesmith wrote them in 1967.   

"The Monkees"

“Daily Nightly” appeared on their album “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.” (Same album as “Pleasant Valley Sunday” which occasionally gets airplay). Let’s just say it was intended to be psychedelic and leave it at that. View it on and sing along. 

And now we present: "Daily Nightly." It wasn't written for us, but we'll use it anyway.

Words and Music by Michael Nesmith

Darkened rolling figures move thru' prisms of no color.
Hand in hand, they walk the night,
But never know each other.
Passioned pastel neon lights light up the jeweled trav'ler
Who, lost in scenes of smoke filled dreams,
Find questions, but no answers.

Startled eyes that sometimes see phantasmagoric splendor
Pirouette down palsied paths
With pennies for the vendor.
Salvation's yours for just the time it takes to pay the dancer.
And once again such anxious men
Find questions, but no answers.

The night has gone and taken its infractions,
While saddened eyes hope there will be a next one.
Sahara signs look down upon a world that glitters glibly.
And mountainsides put arms around
The unsuspecting city.
Second hands that minds have slowed are moving even faster
Toward bringing down someone who's found

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Nesmith's song is a commentary on the youth riots on imposed curfews on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles at the time. The liner notes on the Rhino CD reissue of 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.' clearly explain that.

Nesmith's song is a commentary on the youth riots on imposed curfews on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles during 1967. The liner notes to the Rhino cd reissue of 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.'. clearly explain the songs' background.

Interesting, distinctive lyrics...especially how even though the song hadn't been written about Daily Nightly, some of the lyrics sound like they could refer to following current events, such as the lines about "anxious men" who "find questions but no answers." There's no audio on the computer I'm using, so I'll have to try to track the CD down...

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