Letter to Socialist Worker, September/October 2005


    Dear Comrade Editor,

    Martin Smith is absolutely right (SW, 17 September) to celebrate the work of Fats Domino. But he doesn’t mention Domino’s greatest song – Blue Monday (a title later stolen by New Order for a far inferior piece). The words go far beyond normal rock and roll themes to hard-core class consciousness.


    Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday
    Got to work like a slave all day
    Here come Tuesday, oh hard Tuesday
    I’m so tired got no time to play
    Here come Wednesday, I’m beat to my socks
    My gal calls, got to tell her that I’m out
    ‘Cause Thursday is a hard workin’ day
    And Friday I get my pay
    Saturday mornin’, oh Saturday mornin’
    All my tiredness has gone away
    Got my money and my honey
    And I’m out on the stand to play

    Sunday mornin’ I’m feelin’ bad
    But it’s worth it for the time that I had
    But I’ve got to get my rest
    ‘Cause Monday is a mess


    If anyone asks you what Marx meant by alienation, play that record to them.


    Ian Birchall