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But it isn't about any of the 26 other Clarksvilles in America, either.
Turnabout is fair play: If Clarksville, Tennessee, likes the sound of "Last Train to Clarksville," there's no reason we can't claim it as our own. It's a name chosen simply because the songwriters liked the sound of it. While there were likely a lot of soldiers in those years in that situation going through Clarksville to get to Fort Campbell, the songwriters didn't know that.
Here's what really happened with that song, and how Clarksville, Tennessee, neighbor to Fort Campbell, home of the st Airborne Division, ended up with a mistaken claim to fame. Chris Smith Leaf Chronicle.
We couldn't be too direct with The Monkees. He said, "It's about a guy going off to war.
Particularly considering that Hart thought the Army's Fort Campbell post was an Air Force base, it's a good bet that he wasn't familiar with Clarksville, Tennessee. He's obviously been drafted and he says to his girlfriend, 'I don't know if I'm ever coming home. It's about a guy going to Clarksville, Tennessee, which is an Army base if I'm not mistaken.
Technically, the song isn't about Tennessee's Clarksville. First of all, The Monkees didn't write most of their songs.
We couldn't really make a protest song out of it — we kind of snuck it in. The Monkees was a fictional band populated by actors for a TV show to capitalize on the fame and fun that the Beatles captured in the movie "A Hard Day's Night. We were throwing out names, and when we got to 'Clarksdale,' we thought 'Clarksville' sounded even better. : Monkees' Peter Tork dies at You don't need to take a train to learn more about Clarksville: Subscribe to The Leaf-Chronicle for the best local news coverage, every day. In an interview published by SongfactsHart explained that yes, it was a Vietnam War protest song about a young man who gets drafted.
Monkees member Micky Dolenz complicated things with a interview with Rolling Stone. Facebook Twitter. But songwriter Hart clearly states that he didn't have us in mind. To Dolenz, yes, the song was about us.
At the end of the song he laments, "I don't know if I'm ever coming home. Hide Caption. In fact, they didn't perform most of them either, until they started doing live shows later in the band's career.
Show Caption. Frankly, it's an anti-war song.
The train is taking him to an Army post, and he knows that he may die in Vietnam.