Jimmy Buffet – Come Monday

Buffet has always lived on the pop/country side of music…and soon after this, it was pop/country/tropical music. I bought his greatest hits in the 80s and I became a fan. I saw him live twice and if you ever want a concert that is more like a giant party or a Hawaiian Lūʻau…go see Buffet live. Also If you like tailgating before the concert… this is the man to see. His truly devoted fans are called “parrotheads.”

This song was written by Buffet and released in 1973 and peaked at #30 on the Billboard 100, #23 in Canada, and #58 on the Country Charts. The song was off of Living & Dying in ¾ Time and the album was Buffet’s first album to reach the top 200 at #176. Come Monday was his first top-40 hit. He would have some minor hits after this like Pencil Thin Mustache, A Pirate Looks at Forty, and others but it was Margaritaville in 1977 that broke it open for him.

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.”

Jimmy Buffet was quite the partier in the 70s. I’ve talked to a music producer who knew him back then and it’s a wonder he survived. He did have a run-in with a famous Tennessee sheriff…6’6″ Bufford Pusser. If you have a few minutes…it’s worth the story! 

He wrote this song for his girlfriend, who he was missing and she ended up in the video. 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.

Buffet explains quickly how the video was made and then the video. 

Come Monday

Headin’ up to San Francisco
For the Labor Day weekend 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.

Come Monday It’ll be all right,
Come Monday I’ll be holding 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,
Rent-a-cars and west bound trains.
And now you’re off on vacation,
Somethin’ you tried to explain.
And darlin’ I love you so that’s
The reason I just let you go.

Come Monday It’ll be all right,
Come Monday I’ll be holding 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 the night in Montana when
We said there’d be no room for doubt.

I hope you’re enjoyin’ the scenery,
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.

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


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

43 thoughts on “Jimmy Buffet – Come Monday”

  1. I don’t know a whole lot of Buffett songs , but this one I certainly remember. Pretty good tune, he really has a distinctive voice and demeanor. And has used it to his advantage! I noticed in Walmart not long ago ‘Margaritaville’ brand frozen seafood!

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    1. Yea I want to do Door Number 3 in a few weeks.
      LOL it doesn’t surprise me about teh salad. His place in Nashville is really cool…I went there before seeing The Who


      1. Someone has to be really high on my like list to go see. I mean way way way up there for me to deal with all of the people.


  2. He must have a bucketload of anecdotes to remember- if he can remember! He can write a good song. I can’t listen to ‘A Pirate Looks At Forty’ without thinking of my brother telling me it felt like it had been written for him.

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  3. Ah, this is one of the loveliest songs of my youth. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the video. It’s lovely too. He had another soft song from back then that I liked, called He Went To Paris.

    I used to have a friend in the 90s who was a Parrothead. I didn’t get it. Even before the internet, he knew everywhere Buffet was going to be playing, and traveled to some of the shows. I have to read that Buford Pusser story.

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    1. That Pusser story is funny in a way…but he should have known better than to mess with the guy.
      Yea I’m not a Parrothead either but I see why people follow him…his concerts are like big parties.

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  4. I’m afraid the only Jimmy Buffet tune I knew is “Margaritaville.” Max, you just increased my knowledge of Buffet’s catalog by 100%!

    “Come Monday” is a pleasant laid-back song. That Sheriff Pusser story is crazy. I guess Buffet and his friend were lucky that nothing worse happened!

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    1. Oh yea… Pusser was a huge guy and once a wrestler. He does have some good songs…and if you ever get a chance to see him and want a concert to take the wife to….he is the one to go to.

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  5. You describe his music well. One big party. Can’t fault him for that. I think that party spirit goes for anyone who plays his music also. Some years ago went to a fundraiser and they had a Buffett cover band there and it was a lot fun. His lyrics are easy to remember also which helps. So funny about the hushpuppies!

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    1. He was a lot of fun to see…great one to take dates to. I think I saw him twice.
      I believe every musical artist has a cover band…it really amazes me. Soon, sadly…. it will be all we have of all of these older performers.

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  6. OMG I just finished reading the story. “I decided to go out and get a bottle of Cuervo Gold Tequilla and 3 straws…” lmao!!!!!!! He is a lucky fellow to come out of that with just a little scalping lmao.

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      1. I remember “Walking Tall.” Need to watch that one again. Yea, like, hey lets drink a bottle of Cuervo with a straw and go look for some trouble. Ah, the good ol’ days 😉

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      2. Yea that was at the King of the Road I believe…I remember that place in Nashville very well. I’m going to watch it again soon.

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      3. No it was a hotel that Roger Miller owned and he named it after one of his songs…it was a really nice one. I would see it on my way to my grand parents in Nashville when I went.
        No Pusser is from McNairy County. Jen and I got lost coming back from Memphis and we ended up in that town…saw his house with a sign! They made it into a museum and we sat on his couch…looked at his cars and enjoyed it more than Graceland. It was so personal….I even got a big stick…for real! That was in the nineties….I want to take Bailey there…it’s near Memphis.

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      4. It is cool. We didn’t get to see it when we went to Memphis a few months ago because of time…we might make a special trip down there in spring.

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