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Rock Lyrics Vol. 8 – I Don’t Like Mondays

This is my choice for Monday in the Weekday Series of posts. Because, who likes Mondays? I’ve always rocked out to this song; good tune, harmonies, tinkling piano and a great chorus that gets you singing along.  I had no idea what it was about. No clue.

I will include a video interview with Bob Geldof below the music video, and also the first video of four that explains the whole story, if you wish to pursue it. Geldof now says that he is sorry that he wrote, recorded and released the song. He says if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t.

The song, of course, is about one of the first school mass shootings in the United States, when 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire on the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, USA, January 29th 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. When police asked her why she did it, she replied, completely without passion or remorse, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

Sadly, this was only the beginning of a violent trait of American society that continued through the decades to today, and will certainly continue beyond today.

Sorry for the morose start to the week! It will get cheerier. Watch the videos. It’s very enlightening.

 

I Don’t Like Mondays

Boomtown Rats

The silicon chip inside her head
gets switched to overload
and nobody’s gonna go to school today
she’s going to make them stay at home
and daddy doesn’t understand it,
he always said she was as good as gold
and he can see no reason
‘cos 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 want to shoot
the whole day down…

The telex machine is kept so clean
as 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 seek no reasons
‘cos there are no reasons
what reason do you need

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 want to shoot
the whole day down, down, down, shoot it all down,

all the playing 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 how’s and why’s
and he can seek no reasons
‘cos 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,

I want to shoo oo oo oot
the whole day down …

 

 

This is the interview video. It begins with the first part of the song, then the interview starts:

 

This is the first video of four, a documentary covering the whole story. Creepy.

Thanks for reading and watching.Tuesday is next.

Live Long And Prosper!

 

 

 

Not Your Daddy’s Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Songs Not By Led Zeppelin

Everyone knows Led Zeppelin. Everyone. But, what happens when someone whom are not Led Zeppelin performs Led Zeppelin songs? Usually people go ape-shit, ranting and raving about how this person or that are ruining the music.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and present two cases where credible attempts have been made, one of which is kind of fun and OK in its’ own right, and one that goes beyond what you would expect, spurring some to say it is even better than the original. Blasphemy, I know!

 

When The Levee Breaks

This is one of my favorite Led Zeppelin tunes, has been for decades. But do you know what? It’s not a Led Zeppelin original. It was in fact written in the 1920s … yes! the 1920s … by husband and wife Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie. The song was an ode to the destruction and upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. I did not know this.

The version I am going to present to you is performed by a cover band, a tribute band, an all female band, known as Zepparella. They aren’t A-listers, by any means. Perhaps not even B-listers, except for perhaps guitarist Gretchen Menn. But let me tell you, they put their heart and soul into it and do a credible job. If you haven’t seen this video before, you might have to watch it twice … once to satisfy your eyeballs, and then again to truly pay attention to the sound. It’s quite good, considering this is little more than a garage band.

Without further ado, I present to you Zepparella performing the Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie song When The Levee Breaks, performed in the Led Zeppelin style:

 

Stairway To Heaven

Is there a more iconic Led Zeppelin song than Stairway To Heaven? I have been rocking out to this song for decades. This is regularly voted as one of the Top 5 rock songs ever. Justified.

But, what about when a couple of girls decide to perform it, live, in front of Led Zeppelin themselves?? Will they make a travesty of it? Nope. Not by a long shot. Many are calling this performance perhaps even superior to the original. It did bring the original members of Led Zeppelin to tears, so that says something in itself. These are A-listers!

Here is Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart, along with Jason Bonham on drums, performing Stairway To Heaven. If it doesn’t send chills down your back, you’re not alive.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these videos. They are among my favorites!

Randy Hawes

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