"Goin' Down"
Goin' Down


Diane Hilderbrand
Peter Tork
Michael Nesmith
Micky Dolenz
David Jones


"Daydream Believer"


Colgems Records


United States

Release date

7 November 1967

Catalog no.



single only

Preceded by

"Pleasant Valley Sunday"

Followed by

"Tapioca Tundra"

"Goin' Down", released in 1967, was on the flip side of the Daydream Believer record. Drummer Micky Dolenz sang lead and all band members are credited for the lyrics.


Sock it to me.

Floatin' down the river
With a saturated liver
And I wish I could forgive her
But I do believe she meant it
When she told me to forget it
And I bet she will regret it
When they find me in the morning wet and drowned
And words gets round
Goin' down
Goin' down

Comin' up for air
It's pretty stuffy under there
I'd like to say I didn't care
But I forgot to leave a note
And it's so hard to stay afloat
I'm soakin' wet without a boat
And I knew I should have taken off my shoes
It's front page news
Goin' down
I'm goin' down

Hep hep,
hep hep,
hep hep,
hep hep
hep hep,

I wish I had another drink
It wouldn't be so hard to sink
I should have taken time to think
Beside I got the picture straight
She must have had another date
I didn't need this extra weight
I wish that I could see the way to shore
Don't want no more
Goin' down
Goin' down

Now I see the life I led
I slept it all away in bed
I should have learned to swim instead
Now it's really got me stumped
I can't believe or why I jumped
I'd like to get my tummy pumped
I can't believe they drink this stuff in town
This dirty brown
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down hep hep
I'm goin' down
Goin' down
Goin' down

I should have looked before I leaped
I didn't know it was so deep
Been down so far I don't get wet
I haven't touched the bottom yet
This river scene is gettin' old
I'm hungry sleepy wet and cold
She told me to forget it nice
I should have taken her advice
I only wanna go on home
I'd gladly leave that girl alone
What a way to spend the night
If I don't drown I'll die of fright
My pappy taught me how to float
But I can't swim a single note
He threw me in to teach me how
And I stayed there floating like a mama cow
And now I'm floating way down stream
I know this has to be a dream
If I could find my way to shore
I'd never ever do this any more
I'll give you three, I've been down nine
I'm goin' down just one more time**
Goin' Down

Now the sky is gettin' light
And everything will be alright
Think I finally got the knack
Just floatin' here lazy on my back
I never really liked that town
I think I'm gonna ride the river down
Just movin' slow and floatin' free
There's a river swingin' under me.
Waving back to the folks on shore
I should have thought of this before
I'm floatin' on down to New Orleans
I'll pick up on some swingin' scenes
I know I'll know a better day
I'll go down groovin' all the way
Goin' down
Goin' down