Different Drum

Different Drum is a 1965 by Mike Nesmith (later known as a member of The Monkees ) written song. Their most famous product, the interpretation of Linda Ronstadt, at that time singer of the folk band Stone Poneys, the 1967 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 reached; Since then, the piece has been published in a variety of cover versions.

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The title of the song refers to a famous quote from Henry David Thoreau 's Walden (1854 ):

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, Perhaps it is Because He hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears Which, HOWEVER Measured or far away. "

"If one does not keep pace with the others, it is because he hears a different drummer. Each judge his steps to the music which he hears, it may still sound so measured and quiet. "

The confident nonconformity, which is clearly in sentences like these, Walden made ​​in particular in the 1960s to a " cult book " youth and counterculture. In Nesmith verses the metaphor of the " different drummer " is, however, less for the assertion of his individuality in society rather than in an intimate love relationship. Different Drum is therefore the opposite of a love song - the singer explains in his admirer, that he is very attached to his freedom and therefore is not willing to enter into a committed relationship with her; in the end he assures her that both will be sure granted a longer life if they went their separate ways.


The first recording of the piece published in 1966 on the album Better Late Than Never bluegrass band The Greenbriar Boys, sung by John Herald, on the mandolin accompanied by Frank Wakefield. Herald in 1965 attention to the song, when the then unknown Nesmith afforded him in the Folk Club Ash Grove in Los Angeles. Soon after, Nesmith was hired for the casting band The Monkees, with her ​​eponymous comedy television series had great success in the coming years .. In the episode Too Many Girls, first aired on 19 December 1966 Nesmith voted the song itself also briefly, but in a deliberately veralberten and tangled version. Only in 1972 Nesmith played for his solo album And the Hits Just Keep on Comin ' own recording of his composition a.

Also in 1966 played the folk band Stone Poneys a song for their second album, Evergreen, Volume 2, which remained, like its predecessor commercially unsuccessful, so that the band broke up in it. Different Drum, redesigned by producer Nick Venet to a ballad with violin arrangement, but was the last single release unexpectedly a hit, so that the band then re- formed for a short time. In the following years the song was one of the standard repertoire of the singer Linda Ronstadt, which developed in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the most successful folk and country singers.

Since then, the song has been widely gecovert, such as of The Lemonheads (Favorite Spanish Dishes, 1990) The Pastels (1990 ), PP Arnold ( 1998), Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet ( Under the Covers, Vol 1, 2006) and me First and the Gimme Gimmes ( Blow in the Wind, 2009).