#SongLyricSunday-Monday-Monday November 8


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Song Lyric Sunday

This week our host Jim Adams for Song Lyric Sunday for has given us the prompt of Days of the Week. When we write about a song we can help it ENSKY (30 Day Vocabulary Challenge) to others. So I feel no shame posting on Song Lyric Sunday using Monday in the title.

My Song Lyric Sunday selection is Monday, Monday.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

The song MONDAY, MONDAY was written in 1966. It’s about the lousy feeling that comes with the end of the weekend and beginning of another workweek.

The songwriter was John Phillips. His song appeared on the Mama & Papas album called “If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears”.

The Mama & Papas consisted of John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Cass Elliott, and Denny Doherty. The song MONDAY, MONDAY won a Grammy in 1966 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The original cover (shown above) features the group in a bathroom, sitting in a bathtub with a toilet in the corner. These LP were pulled from stores after the toilet was declared indecent and of course that makes them more collectible.

John Phillips was considered the leader of the group. Using the word leader when you consider all the drama that the Mama & Papas encountered might not be the correct descriptor for Phillips. One of the issues with the group was Cass Elliott’s weigh. She fought body shaming her entire career. I found it cruel even back in the 1960’s when the song Creeque Alley mocked her weight with lyrics like:

McGuinn and McGuire just a gettin’ higher
In L.A., you know where that’s at
And no one’s gettin’ fat except Mama Cass

MONDAY, MONDAY was the first Hot 100 chart-topper with a day in the week in the title, and the only one with “Monday”. In addition this was the first #1 US hit by a group comprised of at least two men and two women.

Here are the lyrics:

Here is a YouTube video of them performing the song.

MONDAY, MONDAY can’t trust that DAY OF THE WEEK.

6 comments

  1. John Phillips wrote this and neither Denny Doherty, Mama Cass or Michelle Phillips liked the song, and John Phillips claimed that he had no idea what the song meant. Larry Knechtel played keyboards, Joe Osborn played bass, Hal Blaine was on drums and P.F. Sloan played guitar on this recording. Michelle Phillips is the only surviving member of the group and the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

    1. All great info to know-they all died young especially Cass Elliott

  2. Classic pick. I never get tired of hearing it ☺️

  3. Mama Cass had a tremendous voice and was a beautiful person to boot. I doubt that the M&P’s would have been as successful with anyone less.

  4. I was going to pick this song but I saw that you had already done it. I love this song and reminds me of playing the french horn in high school. I had a solo with this song. Never get tired of hearing it. 🙂

  5. Lisa John and Christine thanks for the kind words!

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