♫ Come Monday ♫

Well … well, well, well … it’s that time of the week once again … Monday.  So, I thought maybe a song about Monday would be fitting this morning!  I considered Monday, Monday by the Mamas and the Papas, and I will play it soon, but I’ve already played it a few times before here.  Then I thought about the Carpenter’s Rainy Days and Mondays, but again, I’ve played it before and I wanted to do something different.  So, when I saw this one in the long list of “Monday songs” … I seized on it!  It’s one I’ve always liked and I hope you will too!

Jimmy Buffett wrote this song for his future wife, Jane, who he was missing while on tour. When he sings the first line, “Headed out to San Francisco for the Labor Day weekend show,” he’s talking about a specific concert in 1973.  I found it interesting that the single version of the song replaces the third line, “I’ve got my Hush Puppies on,” with “I’ve got my hiking shoes on” because some broadcast outlets, including the BBC, would not play songs with brand names in the lyrics.

This is one of Buffett’s more popular songs, and one of “The Big 8” that he has played at almost all of his concerts.  Until Margaritaville came along a few years later and peaked at #8, this was Buffett’s highest-charting entry on the Hot 100.  According to SongFacts …

Jane Slagsvol, a model and University of South Carolina student, was on spring break in Key West when she met Buffett in a phone booth outside of the Chart Room Bar in 1972. The following year, a smitten Buffett wrote the song about her and, in 1977, they got married. Jane also starred in the music video, which features the couple on a picnic outing.

Buffett didn’t have a budget for the video so Jane went without pay and he used his real truck (which was later impounded and crushed at a junk yard) and boat in the clip. “There wasn’t really much need in scripting this,” he said of the video. “This was where I lived, the people I lived with, and the girl who I wrote ‘Come Monday’ about.”

This song charted at #30 in the U.S., #23 in Canada, and as far as I can tell, never made much of a wave in the UK or elsewhere across the big pond.

Come Monday

Jimmy Buffett

Headin’ out to San Francisco
For the Labor Day weekend show
I got my Hush Puppies on
I guess I never was meant for glitter rock ‘n’ roll
And honey, I didn’t know that I’d be missin’ you so

Come Monday, it’ll be alright
Come Monday, I’ll be holdin’ you tight
I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A haze
And I just want you back by my side

Yes, it’s been quite a summer
Rent-a-cars and westbound trains
And now you’re off on vacation
Something you tried to explain
And, darlin’, since I love you so
That’s the reason I just let you go

Come Monday, it’ll be alright
Come Monday, I’ll be holdin’ you tight
I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A haze
And I just want you back by my side

I can’t help it honey
You’re that much part of me now
Remember that night in Montana
When we said there’d be no room for doubt

I hope you’re enjoying the scenery
I know that it’s pretty up there
We can go hiking on Tuesday
With you I’d walk anywhere
California has worn me quite thin
I just can’t wait to see you again

Come Monday, it’ll be all right
Come Monday, I’ll be holdin’ you tight
I spent four lonely days in a brown L.A haze
And I just want you back by my side

I spent four lonely days in a brown LA haze
And I just want you back by my side

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jimmy Buffett

Come Monday lyrics © Abc Dunhill Music, Inc.

30 thoughts on “♫ Come Monday ♫

  1. Jill, this song preceded his other hits, but had a distinctive flavor from other Buffett’s songs. It remains one of my favorites along with “He went to Paris.” Good selection. Keith

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  2. Pleasant enough, in an unexceptional kind of way. The fact that Wikipedia doesn’t even have a column in their discography for anywhere this side of the pond tells you how much impact he has had: zilch, nada, nowt, nothing. I never knew much about him until he took the fabulous Caroline Jones under his wing.

    If you’re looking for a song for next Monday, how about Monday Morning, by Fleetwood Mac?

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