Monkees – Mary, Mary

It’s a misconception that the Monkees completely relied on other people to write all of their songs. They also started playing their own instruments starting with the third album. Michael Nesmith wrote this song before he joined The Monkees. The song was the B side to The Monkees Theme.

Loved this song when I was growing up. I still like the song and the drum sound they recorded. It has been covered by different artists. It was first recorded by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band on their East-West album on Elektra in 1966. The president of Elektra actually caught some flap once the Monkees’ version came out because people couldn’t believe that a Monkee actually wrote it.

Run-D.M.C. also covered this in 1988 on their album Tougher Than Leather.

Micheal Nesmith: Nesmith: “That song was written to be a hit. I knew it would be a hit. I never once thought of me doing the lead on that one. Mickey was my choice for that.”

Mary, Mary

Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to?
Mary, Mary, can I go too.
This one thing I will vow ya,
I’d rather die than to live without ya.

Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to?
Mary, Mary, tell me truly
What did I do to make you leave me.
Whatever it was I didn’t mean to,

You know I never would try and hurt ya.
Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to?
What more, Mary, can I do
To prove my love is truly yours?

I’ve done more now than a clear-thinkin’ man would do.
Mary, Mary, it’s not over.
Where you go, I will follow.
‘Til I win your love again

And walk beside you,
But until then.
Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to?
Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to?

Mary, where you goin’ to?
Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

21 thoughts on “Monkees – Mary, Mary”

  1. LOVE the Monkees, and Mike was always my favorite. This has always been a great song, but then again I could be a bit biased because my daughter’s name is Mary. I have to admit that when she was little, I used to sing, “Mary, Mary, why you buggin'” πŸ˜‰

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    1. In 1975 I was eight and I saw the Monkees on reruns for the first time. That started my music taste there. I begged my mom for a cap like Mike had…
      I’ve always liked this one a lot.

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      1. Michael and Peter were the real musicians…they were both trying to make it in the business.
        Stephen Stills tried out to be a Monkee and recommended Peter


  2. The “East-West” album was a hit all the way through. The Butterfield Blues Band’s “best of” album, “Golden Butter,” told the story of how they came to be on Elektra Records, which up until then was all acoustic music, and the challenges they had recording this noisy electric blues band. Finally they just put a note on the record to play it as loud as possible. This sounds like it might have been remastered, but the tone is still pretty muddy.

    My wife is Mary, by the way. She likes this one…

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