Down in Monterey

9 Jun

We spent our honeymoon in northern California, and part of that experience consisted of a ride down the Pacific Coast highway from Half Moon Bay to Carmel. On this drive, we went through Monterey, and I could only think of one thing.

I wish I could have attended the Monterey Pop Festival, one of the great music festivals of the 1960s. Music festivals have become popular. In fact, Bonnaroo takes places just down the road from here. However, current festivals cannot be as good as the originals.

Earlier, “Monterey” by The Animals popped up on my iPod, and I realized something. I was not able to attend Monterey because I was not alive, but I can always write a blog post about it.

How will I write about something that I did not attend? Easy. I will provide the lyrics to the song and put pictures to it.

The people came and listened
Some of them came and played
Others gave flowers away
Yes they did
Down in Monterey
Down in Monterey

Young gods smiled upon the crowd
Their music being born of love
Children danced night and day
Religion was being born
Down in Monterey

The ByrdsByrds

and the AirplaneJefferson
Did fly
Oh, Ravi Shankar’sRavi
Music made me cry

The Who explodedWho
Into violent light
Hugh Masekela’s musicHugh
Was black as night

The Grateful DeadDead
Blew everybody’s mind
Jimi Hendrix, babyHendrix
Believe me
Set the world on fire, yeah!

His majesty
Prince Jones smiled as heJones
Moved among the crowd
Ten thousand electric guitars
Were groovin’ real loud, yeah

If you wanna find the truth in life
Don’t pass music by
And you know
I would not lie
No, I would not lie
No, I would not lie
Down in Monterey

Three days of understanding
Of moving with one another
Even the cops grooved with us
Do you believe me?

Down in Monterey
Down in Monterey, yeah
Down in Monterey
Down in Monterey, yeah

I think that maybe I’m dreamin’!



Down in Monterey

Did you hear what I said?

Down in Monterey

That some music


I said
Monterey, Monterey, Monterey
Yeah-yeah, hey-hey-hey
A-ay, a-ay, a-ay-a-ay

15 Responses to “Down in Monterey”

  1. Bantering Ram June 9, 2015 at 03:05 #

    Good one, Rick!

    • Rick June 9, 2015 at 03:27 #


  2. Marilyn Armstrong June 9, 2015 at 14:38 #

    We took that drive the first time we were staying in San Francisco. We drove all the way down through Carmel and Monterey. Montery, we ate in a restaurant on pontoons and watched the sea otters play. It was great, one of my top five favorite travel memories.

    • Rick June 9, 2015 at 16:17 #

      It’s a beautiful part of the country.

    • jcalberta June 9, 2015 at 19:48 #

      ive driven up and down that road. down is better – for 2 reasons: you’re getting away – and you can see more the right side of the road.

      • Rick June 9, 2015 at 21:30 #

        That’s true. You are driving closer to the ocean.

  3. jcalberta June 9, 2015 at 19:46 #

    seems like a one time thing during a remarkable revolution that few of us recognized or appreciated in the moment. i missed most of it .. i was a dumb kid in small town alberta.
    but i had had the music. and loved it.
    as you do.

    • Rick June 9, 2015 at 21:29 #

      As I tell my classes, most people missed these events. You had to be in the right place at the right time.

  4. frontrangescribbles June 10, 2015 at 01:23 #

    It is festival season but I don’t think the current ones compare to the great ones of the past.

    • Rick June 10, 2015 at 02:47 #

      There is no way they can.

  5. shutterbugshea June 10, 2015 at 19:15 #

    Oh,it has been years since I have been to Monterey!!!Reading this post brought back so many great memories,thank you!
    Tell me,is the ocean still clear and beautiful there?
    Oh, I also met Clint Eastwood many years ago out there😊.

    • Rick June 10, 2015 at 20:02 #

      Meeting Clint Eastwood would be awesome.

      • shutterbugshea June 10, 2015 at 20:24 #

        I snuck out to the beach..I knew it was was just too beautiful…I notice a person also walking..He was very polite and had a great smile!!When I realized he was Clint Eastwood ..he gave me a hug and kiss on my cheek and told me to enjoy the view!!!! We talked a little while..then continued on our way!!

      • Rick June 10, 2015 at 20:26 #

        Very cool


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