"Tapioca Tundra" (1968)
Mike Nesmith: The Monkees were playing live by this time, and the lyric to this was inspired by that. These were big concerts, like 20,000 people. It was just the three of us playing, me, Micky and Peter. Davy played tambourine or maracas. Every time we played an extraordinary thing happened. The performance turned us into something we weren't offstage, which was the Monkees. Peter calls it the "fifth thing." It was the audience. They were there to bring this thing into reality, to make actual what the television show had portrayed. It was really about them. The lyrics come from a post-concert realization of the reality that had just occurred, the Monkees coming to life as the audience. Maybe that's a little metaphysical.