I’ve mentioned more than a few times on this blog how much I like the Monkees. While they have some classic love songs (I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer), some of them offer really bad relationship advice. Here are five Monkees songs that are great to listen to but not so great to live by.
The Girl I Knew Somewhere
Written by Mike Nesmith, this song tells the story of a man who breaks up with a girl because she sort of reminds him of another girl that he can’t quite place but who may have hurt him. With reasoning like that, she may be better off without him.
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
This Neil Diamond song has some good conflict resolution advice until it gets to the line: “Cause I’m a little bit wrong, and you’re a little bit right”. I don’t see that going over well in an argument.
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
One guy falls in love with two girls at the same time. Enough said.
Boy asks girl out. Girl says no. Boy gets drunk and jumps in the river. Fortunately, Boy has an epiphany in the river and everything works out okay. Boy learns he needs to work on his unhealthy reactions to rejection.
I Wanna Be Free
This song talks about a guy who wants all the benefits of a relationship but with none of the responsibilities, because he wants to be “free”. This is one of the most selfish “love” songs I’ve heard.
The original version is a slow song, but this faster version was featured on the TV show.
So enjoy the music, but remember, a catchy song does not sound relationship advice make.