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Monday Morning
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Lindsey Buckingham

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1975

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Date Performance 1975-00-00
Running Time 2:48
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Synthesizer), Christine McVie (Background Vocals), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Mick Fleetwood (Percussion), Stevie Nicks (Background Vocals), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
Appears On
Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Fleetwood Mac
The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
Fleetwood Mac
Words And Music (1992)
Lindsey Buckingham
Best Selection (0000)
Fleetwood Mac
In The Studio (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Rock Stars (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac: Music From 2 Hit Albums (1976)
Columbia Pictures Publications
Fleetwood Mac: Deluxe Anthology (0000)
Warner Brothers Publications Inc.
Say You Love Me/Monday Morning (1976)
Fleetwood Mac

    Lyrics »

Monday morning you look so fine
Friday I got travelin on my mind
First you love me, then you fade away
I can't go on believin' this way
I got nothing but love for you
So tell me what you really wanna do
First you love me then you get on down the line
But I don't mind.
I dont't mind
I'll be there if you want me to
No one else that could ever do
Got to get some peace in my mind.

Monday morning you look so fine
Friday I got travelin on my mind
First you love me then you say it's wrong
I can't go on believing for long
But you know it's true
Uou only want me when I get over you
First you love me then you get on down the line
But I don't mind
I don't mind
I'll be there if you want me to
No one else that could ever do
Got to get some peace in my mind

    Fan Interpretation »

Contributors to this interpretation included: Alexa, Les, Lauren, and Villavic. (August 04, 1999)

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"Monday morning you look so fine." And so began the first song that appeared on Fleetwood Mac's first album with newcomers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. This album, simply titled Fleetwood Mac, went on to sell millions of copies and so launched the members of Fleetwood Mac into super-stardom.

Although not broken up when they joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's relationship was already rocky. Monday Morning is just one of the many songs Lindsey wrote about Stevie and their ever so tumultuous relationship.

Monday Morning you look so fine
Friday I got traveling on my mind
First you love me, then you fade away
I can't go on believin this way

At the beginning of the week, things are great between Stevie and Lindsey, but by the time Friday rolls around, Lindsey needs a break. The cycle of the days of the week represent just how much the feelings in this relationship change. At first Lindsey feels very much in love with Stevie, but as each passing day slips by those feelings change to confusion. Lindsey doesn't know what Stevie wants and is being pulled in different directions by his feelings for her. Lindsey tells himself that he can't go on for long feeling this way about the relationship.

It is possible as well, that in this verse Lindsey could be referring to the fact of getting out on the road on Friday and performing his music. By Monday he was glad to be back for a little rest before another gig came up.

I got nothing but love for you
So tell me what you really wanna do
First you love me, then you get on down the line
But I don't mind
I don't mind

Lindsey tells Stevie that he loves her but he wants to know why she is playing these games with him. He's not going to leave her, he loves her too much to do that, but he wants her to stop confusing and frustrating him with her actions. Her affections run hot and cold for him and he is just so confused about their relationship. But then Lindsey is quick to tell her that he doesn't mind. In fact, he does mind. He wouldn't be writing such lyrics if he wasn't bothered just a little. He just wants Stevie to believe he isn't bothered by the things that have been happening between the two of them. He loves her too much and wants this relationship to work out no matter what. He may feel that Stevie may take this as an excuse to break up with him, which is the last thing he wants at this point. He wants to believe things are great and he wants Stevie to believe this as well.

I'll be there if you want me to
No one else that could ever do
Got to get some peace in my mind

Lindsey is never going to leave Stevie. He is never going to find someone to take her place. He wants her to know that so it will erase all doubt she has in her mind. But he does need to get some peace of mind. At this point the only one that can give him that is Stevie.

Monday morning you look so fine
Friday I got travelin on my mind
First you love me then you say it's wrong
I can't go on believin for long

Once again, Lindsey reiterates the cycle of love and confusion concerning his relationship with Stevie. First, Stevie says she loves him, but then she says it's wrong. At this point Lindsey is so confused he doesn't know what to believe anymore.

But you know it's true
You only want me when I get over you
First you love me, then you get on down the line
But I don't mind
I don't mind

Lindsey knows that Stevie is aware of what she is doing to him. So he thinks "fine, two can play this game," but then Stevie wants him back again. It doesn't take long for Stevie to realize that maybe Lindsey is really finished with her this time. So then she wants him back as quickly as he left her. It's the same old you don't know what you've got until it's gone routine. Lindsey will keep playing these games as long as he and Stevie can remain together.

I'll be there if you want me to
No one else that could ever do
Got to get some peace in my mind

Lindsey doesn't seem to want the lyrics in this song to be taken too seriously because he is always quick to tell Stevie he wants her anyway even with all the pain and confusion she has caused him.

This song was written at the beginning of the breakup of Stevie and Lindsey before things got really unbearable for both of them. This song was Lindsey's way of telling Stevie his feelings without a lot of anger, just confusion. As their relationship neared the end, songs of Lindseys' like 'Go Your Own Way' were written but contained more feelings of anger towards Stevie. In a recent interview during the Dance tour Lindsey said, "I had issues with Stevie that hadn't been resolved. We had broken up in 1977 and I left the band 1987. You'd think ten years....get on with it buddy." Monday Morning reflects directly on this quote. It appears that Lindsey didn't get the peace in his mind that he asked for in Monday Morning for many, many years after he wrote this song."Monday morning you look so fine." And so began the first song that appeared on Fleetwood Mac's first album with newcomers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. This album, simply titled Fleetwood Mac, went on to sell millions of copies and so launched the members of Fleetwood Mac into super-stardom.

(The interpretations to these lyrics were compiled through discussions on the message boards of the Penguin, The Ledge. It is entirely possible that the artists had something completely different in mind.)

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    Other Performances »
Performance #1:
Date Performance 1977-12-05
Running Time 3:55
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (Guitar), Lindsey Buckingham (Vocals), Stevie Nicks (Vocals), Richard Dashut (Produced By), Ken Caillat (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Lindsey Buckingham (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Stevie Nicks (Produced By)
CommentsRecorded in Tokyo on the "Rumours" tour
Appears On
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Fleetwood Mac Live (1980)
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Fleetwood Mac

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2010-10-06

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Lyrics contributed by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson. Interpretation prepared by Alexa.