Mony Mony by Tommy James and The Shondells

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Mony Mony by Tommy James and The Shondells

Tommy James and The Shondells Mony Mony

Pop Rock Music

The song “Mony Mony” is credited to Tommy James and Bo Gentry, Ritchie Cordell, and Bobby Bloom. They had laid down the tracks to this high-energy, feel-good song, but they needed a catchy name. They were noodling in their brains along the lines of “Hang On Sloopy” and “Bony Maroney.” Tommy James went out on the terrace to his apartment with Ritchie Cordell, and they saw the sign on the Mutual of New York Building, which had its letters “MONY” lit up. And that was that. James said that if they had looked in the other direction, the name might have been Hotel Taft.

Anyway, in 1968, the single went to #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart, #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and #3 on the Canadian Singles Chart. The song was also released in 1968 on their album titled Mony Mony. There have been numerous covers of the song, including versions by Billy Idol, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Amazulu, Status Quo, The Scenics, and The Beach Boys.

(For more information about Tommy James and The Shondells, there’s James’s book  Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells It’s a fun read.)

Here are the lyrics to “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and The Shondells:

“Here she comes now
Say, Mony, Mony
Well, hoot ’em down
Turn around
Come home, Mony
Hey, she give me love
And I feel all right, now
You gotta toss and turn
In the middle of the night

And I feel all right
I say, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
You make me feel
(Mony, Mony) so (Mony, Mony)
So good (Mony, Mony) yeah (Mony, Mony)
So good (Mony, Mony)
All right (Mony, Mony)
Come on (Mony, Mony)
All right, baby (Mony, Mony)
Say, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah

Wake me
Shake me
Mony, Mony
Shot gun
Get it done
Come on, Mony
Don’t stop cookin’
It feels so good, yeah
Hey-eey, but don’t stop, now
Hey, come on, Mony
Well, come on, Mony
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Well, you make me feel
(Mony, Mony) so (Mony, Mony)
Good (Mony, Mony) yeah
(Mony, Mony) all right (Mony, Mony)
Come on (Mony, Mony)
So good (Mony, Mony)
All right (Mony, Mony)
I say, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Oooooooooh

(Oooh, I love you Mony, Mo, Mo, Mony)
So good
(Oooh, I love you Mony, Mo, Mo, Mony)
So fine
(Oooh, I love you Mony, Mo, Mo, Mony)
All right
(Oooh, I love you Mony Mony)
Say, Mony Mony
Yeah (yeah)
Everybody (yeah)
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Come on Come on”

If you are interested in reading about and listening to other songs by Tommy James and The Shondells: “Hanky Panky,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” and “Crimson and Clover.”

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  1. […] songs by Tommy James and the Shondells, please click here for “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” and “Crystal Blue […]

  2. […] If you are interested in reading about and listening to other songs by Tommy James and The Shondells, please click here for “Crimson and Clover,” “Hanky Panky,” and “Mony Mony.” […]

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