The line "Andy, you're a dandy, you don't seem to make no sense" refers to Andy Warhol.
Although written by the Monkees, the songwriting credit lists Hank Cicalo as the only composer. It was The Monkees' way of thanking him for helping them put together their album and dealing with their antics. Cicalo was able to buy a new house with the profits he made from sales of Headquarters thanks to his credit.
The nonsensical lyrics that begin the song are based on part of Bill Cosby's "A Nut In Every Car" routine from his first album.
Suggestion credit: Sean - Chicago, IL, for all above
"Nevermind the furthermore, the plea is self defense" is a line from the Broadway musical Oklahoma.
Ken from Louisville, KyNot every instrument on Headquarters is played by a Monkee. Micky readily admitted that he's no drummer,so a studio drummer was brought it (but Micky did play some guitar on the album). And while Peter played guitar, banjo and piano on he album, they used a studio bass player. But all four Monkees were involved in the making of the album working closely with producer Chip Douglas.
Esskayess from Dallas, Tx"Headquarters" is MY favorite Monkee album, too. It has a "non-packaged" feel that the previous 2 albums didn't and you can feel the fun the 4 had making it. And its "Shades of Gray" is one of my all-time favorite songs.
Karen from Manchester, NhThe lyrics posted here seem to be missing a verse or two.
Dan from Towson, Md"Running from the rising heat to find a place to hide, the grass is always greener growing on the other side." Heat=Police, Grass=Pot.
Da Bill from Chicaga, IlSteve, You're right about the Guess Who recording "No Time", it was one of the major singles of the American Woman LP. However, it was a completely different song both musically and lyrically. Only the titles are the same.
Steve from Whittier, CaThis is actually a song by the Guess Who, introduced in 1969. You know, it's funny but it was on two LPs-"Casnned Wheat", and "American Woman", that being the shorter hit version.
Lance from Pittsburgh, PaEven though this album "Headquarters" went to #1 on the charts, no songs were released as singles. Headquarters was #1 for one week, then knocked out of #1 when the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" album came out.
Gerry from Abbotsford, BcI believe the Rhino liner notes mention that Headquarters was the only album where all the instrumentation was done by the 4 Monkees. It's great that they BECAME a band even though that was never the plan of the producers.
Karen from Manchester, NhHeadquarters is the BEST Monkees album! This song has so much fun and energy.
Ken from Louisville, KyMike and Micky suposedly made up the words and music on the spot while recording the Headquarters album.
Drew from Crystal Lake, Il'Nevermind the furthermore, the plea is self defense' is a line from the Broadway musical, Oklahoma.
Ken from Louisville, KyThere is a shout-out to The Beatles in this song. Before the first instrumental break, Micky shouts "Rock on George for Ringo one time" which is what Ringo said before the break in The Beatles' version of "Honey Don't."
Ken from Louisville, KyThe line "Nevermind the furthermore, the plea is self-defense" is one of Micky Dolenz' favorite movie quotes. He used it in the Monkees' "rap" called "Zilch".