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
'Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be sure

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 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
Now, it ain't so neat to admit defeat
They can see no reasons
'Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need oh, woah

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'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 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, oh and 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
'Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be sure

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, (tell me why) I don't like Mondays
Tell me why
I don't like Mondays
I want to shoot, the whole day down, uh, uh, uh


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I Don't Like Mondays Lyrics as written by Bob Geldof

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  • +3
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    I'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
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    I disagree that Brenda Spencer was "obviously just a girl who couldn't deal with the pressure of life anymore." Everything I've read of what she said at the time of the shooting and since then indicates that she's a sociopath, and as such immune to feeling pressure beyond that of her own whims (and on the day in question, ennui). I think the song isn't meant to make the listener empathize with the criminal, but to emphasize the existentially terrifying senselessness of the crime. Life doesn't have any rhyme or reason to it, and horrible things happen with no good explanation at all sometimes.

    persimmonon December 31, 2009   Link
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    the 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 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I 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
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    I 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
  • +1
    General Comment

    Ok, this song is over 20 years old it is NOT about any recent event.

    sanguinalison October 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    sanguinalis we know it's not about a recent event and we know it's an old song apart from the fact the 'girl' is up for parole again there's nothing current about it..

    Bonavoxon December 03, 2005   Link
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    the 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
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    This IS based on a real event that happened in 1979.

    The "overloadedsilicon chip" in Brenda's head is a metaphor for being mentally disordered

    CuteSparkinaon May 21, 2007   Link
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    sillicon 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

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