I don’t like Mondays

You may have heard this song on the radio many times before, and perhaps – just like me – you just like to hear it because of the music, the tune etc., but you never really listened to its text. We just catch the line “I don’t like Mondays” and, we agree and stop paying attention to the lyrics.

But today I happened to hear this day’s broadcast of WDR “Stichtag”, a program of a German radio station which focusses every day on one event in history of that specific day’s date.

I realized that this song is about the Cleveland Elementary School shooting which took place on January 29, 1979, in San Diego, California. On the morning of this day Brenda Spencer, a sixteen year old girl, shot at the public elementary school (she lived in a house across the street). She shot dead the principal and a custodian. Eight children and a police officer were injured. In court she was treated as an adult and found guilty to two counts of murder and assault. As to this day she is still in prison.

You can read about the story at Wikipedia, or with more reference to the song and the Boomtown Rats here.

Here are the lyrics:

The silicon chip inside her head gets switched to overload
and nobody’s gonna go to school today she’s gonna make them stay at home
and daddy doesn’t understand it he always said she was good as gold
and he can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasons
what reason do you need to be shown

Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
I wanna shoot the whole day down

The telex machine is kept so clean and it types to a waiting world
and mother feels so shocked father’s world is rocked
and their thoughts turn to their own little girl
sweet sixteen ain’t that peachy keen no it ain’t so neat to admit defeat
they can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasons
what reasons do you need oh oh oh oh

Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
I wanna shoot the whole day down down down shoot it all down

And all the playing’s stopped in the playground now

she wants to play with her toys a while
and school’s out early and soon we’ll be learning
and the lesson today is how to die
and then the bullhorn crackles and the captain tackles
with the problems and the hows and whys
and he can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasons
what reason do you need to die die oh oh oh

 

Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like I don’t like I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like I don’t like I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why?
I don’t like Mondays
I wanna shoot the whole day down

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