Bring Me My Newspaper

The Monkees song ‘Gonna Buy Me a Dog’ was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and it is known for the constant ad-libbing that is done by Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, which made this a very silly song.  Micky Dolenz sings this song on the last track of the Monkees’ debut album.  The song predates the Monkees, and a straight version was performed by Jones as a guest on the television sitcom The Farmer’s Daughter, which was an early 60s ABC sitcom about a farm girl that becomes the governess of a single politician’s sons.  The episode was called Moe Hill and the Mountains, and in it, Jones played a kid named Roland who joins a band called Moe Hill and the Mountains.  The scene where they are set to perform ‘Gonna Buy Me a Dog’ Jones is on a couch, eager to count off the band to begin playing, but he keeps on getting interrupted by questions about the band’s image, the quality of the recording, pretty much everything but the actual playing of the song.

John Mangiagli briefly worked under the name Johnny Knight and then he reinvented himself as nonsense king Gamma Goochee and finally became the Gamma Goochee Himself also recorded ‘Gonna Buy Me a Dog’ which features Bobby Hart on percussion and Tommy Boyce on piano with The Astronauts as the core of the band.  Freddie ‘Fingers’ Lee a British singer, guitarist and pianist who played rock and roll, rockabilly and country music also recorded this song.

Don Kirshner wanted the boys to sing this like a normal song, without any wisecracks, but the Monkees, along with Boyce and Hart, thought the song would be dull and stupid, so they decided to ad lib funny things during the recording.  Kirshner ended up loving it, and it was released on The Monkees album.  Micky has the line, “I’d buy a raccoon but John already has one”, which many people wonder about.  Mike Nesmith’s friend John London who was the bassist in First National Band had a raccoon as a pet, and Bill Sleeper was the drummer in this band that Nesmith fronted.  Michael Nesmith has been recording music since 1963 and in his early career, Nesmith went under the pseudonym Michael Blessing.

You know my girl just called me up
And she woke me from my sleep
You should have heard the things she said
You know she hurt my feelings deep.
I’m gonna buy me a dog [A dog, a dog! Why?]
‘Cause I need a friend now. [Say, you need all the friends you can get]
I’m gonna buy me a dog,
My girl, my girl, don’t love me no how.
She used to bring me my newspaper
‘Cause she knew where it was at.
She used to keep me so contented.
But I can teach a dog to do that.
I’m gonna buy me a dog,
‘Cause I need a friend now
I’m gonna buy me a dog,
My girl, my girl, don’t love me no how.

Written for Love Is In Da Blog where Bee asks us to find a love song about pets or for your pet and the prompt was suggested by Paula.

16 thoughts on “Bring Me My Newspaper

  1. I would listen to this song as an 8 year old and love it. I thought it was the funniest thing ever back then.
    They did have a good wit about them.

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  2. I did not think I remember this song, but when I played the Monkees clip I was singing along! I remember The Farmers Daughter, but not this scene. Great memory prod! Thank you.

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