No, this isn’t actually a Monkees post; I should do one of those one day.
It’s just one of my favorite songs, made popular by them, but written (as many of “their” songs were) by a world-class songwriter; in this case, Carole King.
As a kid, I didn’t really get the social critique going on here; I just liked the bright melody.
The Monkees version DOES add that very distinctive guitar riff at the start:
Unsurprisingly, buzzy-guitar fanatics The Wedding Present beefed that bit up even further:
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Created: 24 November 2010