Michael Nesmith was a fine young man
Took up a guitar in big Texan hands
Rode into town for the picture show
Heard about a gig on the radio…
So begins The Minus 5’s 9-minute tribute to Michael Nesmith, and our first taste of the “forever forthcoming Minus 5 album,” according to band member Scott McCaughey:
My pal Bucks Burnett wrote an epic poem called “Michael Nesmith”. I didn’t really understand it but I like things that I don’t understand – so I made it a lot longer and put in a lot of my own mystical feelings about the man. Then I strummed it and sang it – that was the easy part. I’ve loved Nez since the Monkees days, and have been a big fan of his solo work. I am thrilled that he is embarking on a rare U.S. solo tour starting now (March 21, 2013), and thought it’d be cool to pay tribute by putting this song up into the ether. Don’t be afraid. It’s a small taste of the forever forthcoming Minus 5 album. Go see Michael Nesmith if he comes to your town! I know I will.
Tags: Michael Nesmith, Scott McCaughey, The Minus 5, The Monkees
Don’t miss the lyric video in the media player below, featuring the iconic green wool cap.