Download Here Ask a singer to do a Jimmy Buffett tune and nine times out of ten it will be “Margaritaville”. Or “Volcano”. Or, worse yet…. “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. All great songs, to be sure…. but WAY overdone. I’m just as guilty as anyone, having played these songs thousands of times over the years. But, for some reason, “Come Monday” always gets put on the back burner.
It’s Jimmy’s first Top 40 single, recorded in 1974 as a tribute to his wife who stayed home much of the time he was on tour. When he sings the first line “Headed out to San Francisco – for the Labor Day weekend show” he’s talking about a specific concert in 1973 when it was especially hard to leave her. The third line “I’ve got my Hush Puppies on” had to be changed to “I’ve got my hiking shoes on” on the single version. Some radio stations at that time wouldn’t let a brand name be mentioned in any record.
The irony of this piece is that Monday is the day most people dread as the beginning of a work week. But with a full time musician it’s just the opposite. It makes me wonder why Monday is so far from Friday but Friday is so close to Monday. That’s not fair.