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 dont like, i don't like mondays,

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


Lyrics submitted by Moondragon, edited by irina1492, sirludwigvanbiffington


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  • +2
    General Commentthe both of you are correct, and for the record the correct lyric in the first verse is:

    "and daddy doesn't understand it,
    he always said she was as good as gold"
    roger wilcoon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've always thought this song was about the killings at a local highschool in the USA. ( I forget the location). From what I recall, the shooter was a young troubled teenage girl. When she was asked by the police (or media?) as to why she did it, she calmly replied "I don't like Mondays.."

    No one I know can verify this and I'm fairly certain the song came out after this incident. I believe Geldorf was making a statement on "gun control" in the US and abroad. Can anyone verify this? PM me if you have any notion as to what the hell I'm talking about.
    Thanks.
    wildflower_beatnikon March 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song and yeh it is about some shootout at a school, i think in san francisco. A while back I looked up on the web and found an article about the original news story. It happned in the seventies i think. I like the song cause its about something that really happened and her reason for it was so surreal "i don't like mondays". It also shows how innocent someone can appear when infact they are capable of shooting people!
    em2000on May 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, this song is over 20 years old it is NOT about any recent event.
    sanguinalison October 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe real lyrics are
    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 dont like, i don't like mondays,

    I want to shoo oo oo oo t
    the whole day down…
    joe2000on February 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsillicon chip references the fact that she must have snapped (had a brain mulfuntion)in the same way a silicon chip inside a computer would.
    The fact that her dad doesnot understand it shows she was acting out of character she showed no signs of eing capable of doing what she ended up doing.Also is shows that no one has an explanation for her actions.
    Also the mood I get from the way the words are repeated and the meter shows that although she offers a reason for her actions , the reason still does not offer a explanation that would make people understand why she did what she did.

    The telex machine is kept so clean
    as it types to a waiting world
    its like this machine which gives out news it makes the her parents wonder what the papers will write about the incident.The fathers world will be rocked coz it will affect their communication and relationships in the community in which they live.

    sweet sixteen ain't that peachy keen
    At that age she is supposed to be a docile teenager
    no, it ain't so neat to admit defeat
    Its not easy for the parents to admit their contribution to her behaviour.

    she wants to play with her toys a while
    a referernce to how it seems she did this for a selfish reason that which seems pretty whimsical and in doing so makes "toys" out of the children she shot at or a"toy" out of the gun she used

    and school's out early
    and soon we'll be learning
    and the lesson today is how to die
    this refers to the way though some of the children went to school some of them did not learn anything except how to pass away becoz of the senseless act (which is the saddest part of the song)
    also the captain cannot explain it as he too is puzzled.
    at the end the day the reason even if offered as a reason is not a reason at all.

    mercsweeton May 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is amazing because it's so sad it's scary the way things can happen like this. There are no reasons
    Stottetteon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is one mistake though. His name is Bob Geldof not Bob Geldorf.
    doortodooron March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so good, I can't believe how few people have commented on it.
    quiffpornon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just get upset when I hear oh so many people crediting Tori Amos with this song. I mean, I like some of her music, but when all these people are like "Oh, she's so brilliant" because of this song, I can't stand it. The song is great tho, this version, I mean (BR).
    sg137iuon November 09, 2004   Link

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