The Monkees - I'm a Believer

The Monkees - I'm a Believer




Neil Diamond wrote this song. He had his first big hit earlier in 1966 with "Cherry, Cherry," which got the attention of Don Kirshner, who was looking for material for The Monkees. Kirshner was sold on "I'm A Believer," and as part of the deal, allowed Diamond to record the song as well. Diamond's version was released on his 1967 album Just For You. The Monkees version benefited from exposure on their television series.


This was The Monkees second single, after "Last Train To Clarksville." It was released during the first season of their TV show.


The Monkees sang on this, but did not play any instruments. The producers used session musicians because they were not convinced The Monkees could play like a real band. This became a huge point of contention, as the group fought to play their own songs.





Lyrics


I thought love was only true in fairy tales

Meant for someone else but not for me

Love was out to get me

That's the way it seemed

Disappointment haunted all of my dreams


Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer

Not a trace of doubt in my mind

I'm in love

I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried


I thought love was more or less a giving thing

Seems the more I gave the less I got

What's the use in tryin'

All you get is pain?

When I needed sunshine, I got rain


Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer

Not a trace of doubt in my mind

I'm in love

I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried


Oh


Oh, love was out to get me

Now, that's the way it seemed

Disappointment haunted all of my dreams


Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer

Not a trace of doubt in my mind

I'm in love

I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried


Yes, I saw her face, now I'm a believer

Not a trace of doubt in my mind

Said, I'm a believer, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (I'm a believer)

Said, I'm a believer, yeah (I'm a believer)

I said, I'm a believer, yeah (I'm a believer)



Songwriters: Neil Diamond

I'm A Believer lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group



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