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Tori Amos Covering I Don’t Like Mondays

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I just had a run where I used up 100% of what I had. I had a great run yesterday (1:15) in Anchorage on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.  I decided to go 1:30 today on The Homer Spit and ended up going 1:45.  I was DONE when I was done.  I came home, took a shower, and laid down in bed.  Two hours later I got up.  My eyes are puffy.  I feel completely zoned out.  It’s a wonderful thing.  Highly recommended.

During the aforementioned run, I listened to a couple of Coverville podcasts (my current favorite show – fortunately there’s 125 or so out so I’ve got plenty to catch up on) on my iPod Shuffle. I was about 4 miles into my run when an incredibly haunting version the Boomtown Rats’ “I Don’t Like Mondays” came on.  This is Tori Amos at her absolute best, singing one of my favorite songs, in a way that makes you feel like you were almost there when 16 year old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire on an elementary school across the street from her San Diego house in 1979 (ok – maybe it was that I was 4 miles into a run that – well – cooked my brain.)

Bonus tracks on this podcast include Lyle Lovett covering the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” and Alanis Morissette covering the Police’s “King of Pain.” For those of you that want to sing along, here are the lyrics.

The silicon chip inside her head
Gets switched to overload.
And nobody’s gonna go to school today,
She’s going to make them stay at home.
And daddy doesn’t understand it,
He always said she was as good as gold.
And he can see no reason
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be shown?

Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
I want to shoot the whole day down.

The telex machine is kept so clean
As it types to a waiting world.
And mother feels so shocked,
Father’s world is rocked,
And their thoughts turn to
Their own little girl.
Sweet 16 ain’t so peachy keen,
No, it ain’t so neat to admit defeat.
They can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be shown?

Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
I want to shoot the whole day down.

All the playing’s stopped in the playground now
She wants to play with her toys a while.
And school’s out early and soon we’ll be learning
And the lesson today is how to die.
And then the bullhorn crackles,
And the captain crackles,
With the problems and the how’s and why’s.
And he can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to die?

Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
Tell me why?  I don’t like Mondays.
I want to shoot the whole day down.

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