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January 20th, 2007

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For halfmoon_mollie, on the occasion of the death of Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas:



CREEQUE ALLEY
The Mamas & The Papas
(Phillips-Gilliam)

John and Mitchy were gettin' kind of itchy
Just to leave the folk music behind
Zal and Denny workin' for a penny
Tryin' to get a fish on the line
In a coffee house Sebastian sat
And after every number they'd pass the hat
McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher
In L.A., you know where that's at
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass

Zally said "Denny, you know there aren't many"
"Who can sing a song the way that you do, let's go south"
Denny said "Zally, golly, don't you think that I wish"
"I could play guitar like you"
Zal, Denny and Sebastian sat (at the Night Owl)
And after every number they'd pass the hat
McGuinn and McGuire still a-gettin higher
In L.A., you know where that's at
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass

When Cass was a sophomore, planned to go to Swarthmore
But she changed her mind one day
Standin' on the turnpike, thumb out to hitchhike
"Take me to New York right away"
When Denny met Cass he gave her love bumps
Called John and Zal and that was the Mugwumps
McGuinn and McGuire couldn't get no higher
But that's what they were aimin' at
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass

Mugwumps, high jumps, low slumps, big bumps
Don't you work as hard as you play
Make up, break up, everything is shake up
Guess it had to be that way
Sebastian and Zal formed the Spoonful
Michelle, John, and Denny gettin' very tuneful
McGuinn and McGuire just a-catchin' fire
In L.A., you know where that's at
And everybody's gettin' fat except Mama Cass
Di-di-di-dit dit dit di-di-di-dit, who-o-oa

------ flute ------

Broke, busted, disgusted, agents can't be trusted
And Mitchy wants to go to the sea
Cass can't make it, she says we'll have to fake it
We knew she'd come eventually
Greasin' on American Express cards
It's low rent, but keeping out the heat's hard
Duffy's good vibrations and our imaginations
Can't go on indefinitely
And California dreamin' is becomin' a reality



Rest in peace, Papa Denny
 
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:January 20th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
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The first time I read the words to this, The Lovin' Spoonful were still around. It was strange to think about everyone being connected like that.

I've since seen, on MTV, I think, and then on PBS, the 'story' of the Mamas and Papas. IN the MTV one, Michele talks about how she and Denny were 'in love' and even though she was married to John, and she KNEW Cass was mad for Denny, the 'consumated their relationship' on a picnic table outside the house the group was renting.

A real peach, she is. Couldn't say ANYTHING nice about Cass until after Cass died. Now, she can't say enough good - except that she was the one who 'kept Cass in check' with her 'breathy soprano'.

Denny was a good songwriter...

Thanks, John. I'm remembering the Harmony on "Midnight Voyage' on the only M&P Vinyl I had...

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