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Cuddly Toy by The Monkees Songfacts
Written by Harry Nilsson, this song is about a girl who apparently enjoys promiscuous sex, but hides it well because of her "innocent" looks.
Tanya - Los Angeles, CA
Nilsson received a $40,000 publishing royalty for The Monkees recording of this song.
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According the CD's liner notes, this song was about "a Hell's Angels gang-bang" and the Screen Gems execs were livid when they learned, belatedly, that the group had put one over on them. It's not like the lyrics didn't point that way, though.
Esskayess - Dallas, Tx
until now i was clueless as to what the song was about. as often as i heard it, i had no clue. amazing what you learn on this site.
Mamie - Cleveland, Oh
I must say Davy sure sold this song and made it a delight, but until I got older and really thought of the lyrics, what Davy did by putting joy and dance to these miserable, insulting, disrespectful lyrics is his gift of showmanship. These lyrics are God awful and I truly feel like smacking the man who wrote them. RIP Davy Jones
Lisa B - St. Petersburg, Fl
Always just took this as a slightly heartless, "That was fun, but see ya later" sort of song. The choo choo train left out in the rain/the day after Santa came" is simply the dynamic of a little boy moving on from one "toy" to the next when something better (or at least newer) comes along (on Christmas morning, in this case). The whole lyric is about the speaker justifying his right to move on after (apparently) having slept with the girl (the "cherry delight" reference seems too obvious a reference to lost virginity to ignore...surely Nilsson knew what he was doing there.) He's saying, "You were great, but I've got no plans to keep you around." I know the whole "You're not the kind of girl to tell your mother/the kind of company you keep" makes the girl sound deceptive, or like she's up to something Mom wouldn't be happy about, but I always sensed that the speaker was mocking the girl's naivety... she thought she was a naughty little girl, and he's called her bluff and is explaining the way things really are ("You're not the only cuddly toy/who was ever enjoyed/by any boy"--"Look babe, you're not the first girl who's been 'enjoyed'" and then dumped by a boy. So get over yourself."
Brilliant sung by Davy...who seems like such a NICE boy (the kind who a girl might mistakenly trust).... I mean, imagine it sung by the wily Micky, and the whole effect changes.
Miguel - Chico, Ca
This is one of my favorite monkees/davy jones/harry nilsson songs.The fact that nilsson's impish humor is interpreted by an innocent pop star like jones is rather interesting to me.I also enjoyed daddy's song too.It was featured in the film,head,which was done in a better musical dance number than cuddly toy in the series.It tells a good story as well.
Budd - Rutland, Vt
I actually like this version better than the original by Nilsson. Monkees did a great cover of this.
Sam - Hipsville, Ca
I don't get the video,they are in striped jackets,and Peter's playing the piano.I don't get the choo choo train left out in rain,the day after santa came,or Cherry Delight left in the night and gave up without a fight.
Jennifer Harris - Grand Blanc, Mi
The Monkee's often performed songs that were in response to popular Beatle's hits - I think this is their response to Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite...but for the reason's I like that song, I like this one. It's campy, it's humorous and fun.
Linc - Beaumont, Tx
Davy Jones' claim to fame before becoming a Monkee was playing Oliver in the Dickens play in England before coming to the US and pursing a musical career.
Linc - Beaumont, Tx
Liked the Monkees.
*Hated* this song.
Hated the "video" that went with it, too.
Davy Jones and some foolish girl grinning like mad and dancing around on stage, while he sings lyrics about a woman as if she's a piece of dirt.
And from the lyrics, the guy in the song doesn't exactly sound as if he's pure as the driven snow himself.
Folks in glass houses...
Bmn - Hisuan, Argentina
One of my favorite Monkees songs and I used to make my mom play it over and over as a kid. It wasn't until I was an adult I realized what the lyrics so I doubt many 12 years in the 1960's did either. I have to admit it was one of the more "racy" songs but the Monkees had a few zingers.
Pmcountry - Small Town, Pa
Micky Dolenz wanted to sing lead on this song - he was an early big Nilsson fan - but the rest of the group thought it fit Davy Jones' "vaudeville/music hall" style better.
Ken - Louisville, Ky
Bright bouncy song about a deceptively dark situation. The lyrics seem to indicate a group encounter, or at least multiple partners, possibly not completely voluntary on the part of the girl. "enjoyed / by any boy" ... "choo choo train / that was left out in the rain" "cherry delight / that was left in the night / and gave up without a fight". Subversive stuff for the 12-year-old audience of the Monkees in the late 1960s.
Jerry - Nashville, Tn
I agree with Tanya, but apparently she has met an equally promiscuous partner, fallen in love, and wants to stay. ("I never told you that I'd love no other; you must have dreamed it in your sleep.")
John - San Antonio, Tx
On their television show, The Monkees performed this song in an English music hall style, complete with striped jackets and straw hats. Peter Tork played an upright piano.
Ken - Louisville, Ky
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