Jimmy Buffett – “Come Monday”

 
Come Monday is a beautiful song of a man spilling his heart out to the woman he loves and can’t wait to hold in his arms again.  This is my favorite song by Jimmy Buffett.
 
The downside to Jimmy Buffett’s musical lifestyle is the time he has to spend away from his family. He wrote this song for his future wife, Jane, who he was missing while 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.  Released in 1974, on the album “Living and Dying in 3/4 Time,” it peaked at # 30 on the US Billboard 100.
 
The single version of the song replaces the third line, “I’ve got my Hush Puppies on,” with “I’ve got my hiking shoes on.” Some broadcast outlets, including the BBC, would not play songs with brand names in the lyrics, something that forced an edit on the Kinks song “Lola.”
 
One of Buffett’s more popular songs, this is one of “The Big 8” that he has played at almost all of his concerts. 
 
A bit of irony in this song is that Buffett is looking forward to Monday so he can be with the one he loves, but for most of his audience, Monday is the dreaded day when the weekend ends and they have to go back to work.
 
Until “Margaritaville” came along a few years later and peaked at #8, this was Buffett’s highest-charting entry on the Hot 100.
 
Jane Slagsvol, a model and University of South Carolina student, was on spring break in Key West when she met Buffett in a phone booth outside of the Chart Room Bar in 1972. The following year, a smitten Buffett wrote the song about her and, in 1977, they got married. Jane also starred in the music video, which features the couple on a picnic outing.
 
Buffett didn’t have a budget for the video so Jane went without pay and he used his real truck (which was later impounded and crushed at a junkyard) and boat in the clip. “There wasn’t really much need in scripting this,” he said of the video. “This was where I lived, the people I lived with, and the girl who I wrote ‘Come Monday’ about.”

Song Lyrics – 

Headin’ up to San Francisco
For the Labor Day week-end show
I’ve got my hush-puppies on
I guess I never was meant for glitter rock and roll
And honey I didn’t know
That I’d be missin’ you so

Chorus:
Come Monday, it’ll be all right
Come Monday, I’ll be holdin’ you tight
I spent four lonely days in a brown L. A. haze
And I just want you back by my side

Yes, it’s been quite a summer
Rented cars and west-bound trains
And now you’re off on vacation
Somethin’ you tried to explain
And darlin’, it’s I love you so
That’s the reason I just let you go

[Chorus:]
Come Monday, it’ll be all right
Come Monday, I’ll be holdin’ you tight
I spent four lonely days in a brown L. A. haze
And I just want you back by my side

I can’t help it honey
You’re that much a part of me now
Remember that night in Montana
When we said there’d be no room for doubt

I hope you’re enjoyin’ the scen’ry
I know that it’s pretty up there
We can go hikin’ on Tuesday
With you I’d walk anywhere
California has worn me quite thin
I just can’t wait to see you again

[Chorus:]
Come Monday, it’ll be all right
Come Monday, I’ll be holdin’ you tight
I spent four lonely days in a brown L. A. haze
And I just want you back by my side

Writer/s: JIMMY BUFFETT

Credit:Songfacts

Video Credit: YouTube.com

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4 thoughts on “Jimmy Buffett – “Come Monday”

  1. I didn’t disappear I promise. I love this song…it’s my favorite by him. I love the hushpuppies line. Whenever you want to start working on that again I’m here…I’m so sorry.

    1. This song brings back so many memories of growing up in the 70s. Even though he didn’t have the money to pay for all the apparatus’ and other things that go into making a video, he improvised and used what he had, and it turned out great!
      I love the hush puppies line and the way the hood of the truck pops up when they go over the bump in the road.

      I didn’t think you had disappeared on me. I knew you were busy with work. I have been working on it at night after I get off work. I have made some progress, but there is still some tweaking that needs to be done. I can work on it tonight if you have time.

      1. That as a cool story…and it’s something that they are still together to this day. When you have time google Jimmy Buffett and Bufford Pusser
        Buffett tells the story of how they “met” it is funny.

        Well thank you for being patient with me. Tonight after around 10 or so I should be freed up.