The silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched to overload
And nobody's gonna go to school today
She gonna make them stay at home
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 reasons do you need to be shown?

Tell me why
I dont like mondays
Tell me why
I dont like mondays
I dont like, I don't like, 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

And 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 (whispers: die)
And then the bullhorn crackles
And the captain tackles
With the problems and the how's and why's
And he can see no reasons
'Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to die? die..oh...oh...

Tell me why
I dont like mondays
Tell me why
I dont like mondays
I dont like, I don't like, I don't like mondays
Tell me why I don't like mondays
Tell me why I don't like mondays
I don't like...I don't like...I don't like mondays...oh oh...
I don't like mondays
I want to shoot the whole day down...
the whole day... (3x repeat)





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    General CommentIt's obviously about a girl and "The silicon chip inside her head gets switched to overload" it sounds like she wants to shoot her school down. It also sounds like she's misunderstood, because it states in the song "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 reasons do you need to be shown? " it sounds like he thought she was just the perfect, innocent child, but all the while she held a secret of anger and pain beneath her skin. once again, tori shows us the perfect example of beautiful lyrics, and a great song! I love it!
    X_Undead_Soul_Xon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYes, it is a very beautiful song. Sorry to ruin it for you, but its not hers; its a cover. It was originally by the Boomtown Rats, she just misses the 2nd verse out. Mind you, I do prefer her version to theirs.
    Tom_999on February 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song always reminds me of...well, I don't know the specific details, but a highschool teacher of mine told us about this mother/wife who kept all her children home from school one day, and while her husband was at work, one by one drowned them in the bathtub.

    I think she had recently given birth and was suffering from this after-birth depression that occurs in some women after having a baby.
    amberyeahon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think amberyeah is talking about Andrea Yates. She had postpartum depression. It happened here in Houston and the story was pretty big here.
    Anderson_Councilon December 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I can't believe nobody has mentioned the obvious here. Yes, the song was first done by the Boomtown Rats. It is about a school shooting in 1979 where a 16 year old Brenda Spencer shot at kids at an elementary school and ended up killing the principal and custodian and wounding eight children and a police officer. It was on a Monday and she ended up saying "I don't like Mondays". So the song is about looking for a meaning of why somebody would do that because "there are on reason" and so they ask why and the reply is "I don't like Mondays".
    cursedfairytaleon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really heartbreaking song. Tori's voice is perfect for it. One of my more favorite covers on Strange Little Girls.
    starpatrolleron March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, like cursedfairytale said. 1979, 16 year old Brenda Spencer opened fire on Cleveland Elementary School. Killed two men, wounded 8 students, and 1 police officer. The two men she killed were the school's principal who was attempting to rescue children in the line of fire, and a custodian who was attempting to aid him. She used the rifle her father had given her as a gift. When asked as to why she did this, she simply stated "I don't like Mondays, this livens up the day." She also made a lot of other comments later, such as "There was no reason for it, and it was just a lot of fun"; "It was just like shooting ducks in a pond"; and "They looked like a herd of cows standing around, it was really easy pickings." The fact that she didn't kill any of the children she shot at, was actually sheer dumb luck rather than any reluctance on her part. She was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. So basically, yeah that's everything(there is more, such as the fact she's been up for parole 4 times, but that's another story), and obviously this song was orignally done by the boomtown rats, most people know this.
    perfectly_flawed26on August 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh my god i love this song
    crow_hearton September 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti couldn't stand the original version, and when i saw it on the cd i was like 'oh,no, not this one', than i've heard it and i was done.
    indiaaon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTidbit: In the mini-story Neil Gaiman wrote for this song (he wrote a story for each of the songs on Strange Little Girls, it's published in the book Fragile Things), "Monday's Child," it's told from the perspective of an officer that had to go into a shot-up school and find the bodies.

    The song itself is cheesy when the Boomtown Rats sing it, but Tori makes it more sinister. Eeee.
    Yubi Shineson December 02, 2007   Link

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