Tear Drop City

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"Tear Drop City"
The Monkees single 09 Tear Drop City.jpg
US single cover
Single by The Monkees
from the album Instant Replay
B-side "A Man Without a Dream"
Released 8 February 1969
Format 7"
Recorded 26 October 1966
RCA Victor Studios
Hollywood, CA
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:01
Label Colgems #5000
  • Tommy Boyce
  • Bobby Hart
The Monkees singles chronology
"Porpoise Song"
"Tear Drop City"
"Listen to the Band"

Tear Drop City is a single by The Monkees released on February 8, 1969 on Colgems #5000 recorded on October 26, 1966. The song reached No. 56 on the Billboard chart. The lyrics are about a man who feels low because his girlfriend has left him. Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, it was the first single The Monkees released as a trio (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Davy Jones; Peter Tork departed December 1968). Micky Dolenz performed the lead vocal. Boyce and Hart produced and arranged the song.

The flip-side was "A Man Without a Dream", with Davy Jones doing the lead vocal. Notably, it was the first Monkees b-side since "Take a Giant Step" (off their debut single) not to chart, a sign of the group's waning popularity.

Both single sides were from the album Instant Replay.


  • Joel Whitburn's Billboard Top Pop Singles
  • Instant Replay, Rhino CD booklet
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