By Brad Haynes
It’s probably the most dreaded day of the week, so it should come as no surprise that Monday has found its way into several classic song titles, often times bemoaning the fact that the day has arrived.
“I Don’t Like Mondays” The Boomtown Rats
Unquestionably the strongest reaction to the first day of the week came from Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats with their punk era anthem “I Don’t Like Mondays,” released in 1979.
With lyrics like, “Tell me why? I don’t like Mondays. I want to shoot the whole day down,” and the song’s inference of a schoolyard shooting by a seriously disturbed young girl, it brings on even more relevance with its haunting imagery, particularly in this age of increased gun violence and horrible incidents such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, CT.
Geldof claims to have been inspired to write the song after hearing the true story of a 16-year-old girl who shot at children in a playground in San Diego, CA. Seemingly despondent after the incident, the girl’s reasoning for the crime was simply, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”
“Manic Monday” The Bangles
The Bangles recognized the anxiety induced by Mondays with the aptly titled “Manic Monday” from 1986. Written by Prince under the pseudonym “Christopher,” it was originally intended for the group Apollonia 6.
“It’s just another Manic Monday, wish it were Sunday, cuz that’s my fun day, my “I don’t have to run” day. It’s just another Manic Monday,” sings Susanna Hoffs.
“Monday, Monday” The Mamas and the Papas
The minor key and slow tempo belie the surprisingly positive message of the beginning of The Mamas and the Papas’ “Monday, Monday,” as the morning is addressed. But by the time Monday evening rolls around, things take a decidedly more melancholy turn in this hit from 1966.
“Monday, monday, can’t trust that day. Monday, monday, it just turns out that way,” went the song that was the only tune from The Mamas and the Papas that made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
“Rainy Days and Mondays” The Carpenters
Possibly the direst of all of the “Monday” songs, the late Karen Carpenter puts her bluesy alto to full effect delivering lyrics like, “Sometimes I’d like to quit, nothing ever seems to fit. Hangin’ around, nothing to do but frown, rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” At least she DID have the opportunity to “run and find the one who loves me” in this 1971 ballad that reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Come Monday” Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy Buffet, while a touring phenomenon with his Parrotheads, claims to have only 2.4 hit records and “Come Monday” from 1974 is one of them, reaching #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Easy Listening charts.
Unlike the others, “Come Monday” definitely finds worth in the first day of the week. It is the day when the song’s protagonist will be reunited with the love of his life, played in the video by Buffett’s real-life wife Jane, whom he wrote the song for. She can also bee seen in the primitive promotional video for the song below.