Rainy Days And Mondays

Album: Carpenters (1971)
Charted: 63 2
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  • Talkin' to myself and feelin' old
    Sometimes I'd like to quit
    Nothin' ever seems to fit
    Hangin' around
    Nothin' to do but frown
    Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

    What I've got they used to call the blues
    Nothin' is really wrong
    Feelin' like I don't belong
    Walkin' around
    Some kind of lonely clown
    Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

    Funny, but it seems I always wind up here with you
    Nice to know somebody loves me
    Funny, but it seems that it's the only thing to do
    Run and find the one who loves me (the one who loves me)

    What I feel has come and gone before
    No need to talk it out (talk it out)
    We know what it's all about
    Hangin' around (hangin' around)
    Nothin' to do but frown
    Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

    Funny, but it seems that it's the only thing to do (only thing to do)
    Run and find the one who loves me (ooh)

    What I feel has come and gone before
    No need to talk it out (to talk it out)
    We know what it's all about
    Hangin' around (hangin' around)
    Nothin' to do but frown
    Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
    Hangin' around (hangin' around)
    Nothin' to do but frown
    Rainy days and Mondays always get
    Me down Writer/s: Paul H. Williams, Roger S. Nichols
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 15

  • GabeListening in May 2022, reminded of how good those days were and how good this music is. I had their albums and saw them live. I moved on to rock music but you can't deny the great songwriting and the magic of her voice. Songs today seem to be built around a few notes repeated ad nauseam and weird synth noises. Not even close, sorry.
  • Jennifur Sun from Ramonasadly i to know what it is like to Fell Like I Dont Belong love the sax part by Messager. i can't find any info on him, does anyone have any. Thanks Karen. wish you had not believed those bad things people said about you , but i understand that if you hear something enough times , you start to believe it, especially from your own family
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 20th 1971, the Carpenters performed "Rainy Days and Mondays" on their own NBC-TV summer replacement program 'Make Your Own Kind of Music"...
    At the time the song was at #11 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; a little under five weeks earlier on June 13th it had peaked at #2 {See 2nd post below}...
    And on May 23rd, 1971 it reached #1 {for 4 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart; it was the 2nd of three #1s that the duo had on the 'Adult' chart during 1971, the other two were "For All We Know" {for 3 weeks} and "Superstar" {for 2 weeks}...
    Exact one year earlier on July 20th, 1970 the duo were guest bachelor & bachelorette on the ABC-TV program 'The Dating Game'.
  • Jeff from Kingston, TnI had a music teacher in the 7th grade who grew up with Karen Carpenter. One week we had music appreciation for mid year grades. Each student had to pick an artist that influenced them. One classmate did it on The Carpenters. Another classmate made an ignorant remark about this and the teacher burst into tears and left for the entire class. I lived with my mother at the time who suffered from MS and was not very mobile as she was confined to a wheel chair. Her joy was me giving her the lowdown on every class. When I told her of the incident she began to cry as well. My mother had the record and we put it on. I though young grasped the emotion as well as the tragic "gone too soon" impact of a short life with so much talent. My mother died in 2006 and this songs brings those emotions. We love and miss her.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 9th, 1971, "Rainy Days and Mondays" by the Carpenters entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #46; and on June 13th it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 12 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It reached #1 (for 4 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "It's Too Late" by Carole King...
    The duo's next two releases would also reached #2 for two weeks; "Superstar" and "Hurting Each Other"...
    R.I.P. Ms. Carpenter (1950 - 1983).
  • Heidi from Frankfurt, GermanyThe harmonica in this song is played by Tommy Morris, who also did - among many others - the theme from Sanford and Son.
  • Kent from Greensburg, PaOne of my favorite Carpenters song. It just shows how talented Karen was and the secret pain she had really seems to find a way to appear in her voice during the song.
  • Jim from West Palm Beach, FlKaren Carpenter was a beautiful lady with lots of talent. How did she lose her way?
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzYou know, the more I think about it, the more I think this song is about having a bad hair day! You know: "Nothing is really wrong, Feelin' like I don't belong" sort of sentiment. In my view, this is one of the Carpenters' best recordings.
  • Jonathan from Lowell, MaTo steal Guy in Woodinville's comment, "This shows Karen at her melancholy best, which is in a class all by itself (herself)."
  • Richard from Norfolk, VaImpressive , wonderful ,Powerful , A Perfect Song and Perfectly Executed By Karen and Richard
  • Tom from Colton, CaOne Of Their Very Best & One of Karen's Finest!
  • Richard from Talladega, AlGreat song. The lyric "what I've got, they used to call the blues" is classic!
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaLalah, I don't know how a 13-year-old could relate to " Talking to myself and feeling old." ;-) This shows Karen at her melancholy best, which is in a class all by herself. Love the Johnny Mercer story!! Give me shivers just think of the moment for Paul.
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkOh goody; I'm first! This was the perfect song to be age 13 to. "Hanging around, nothing to do but frown. Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down." I think I had Karen Carpenter's voice repeating that phrase in the background until I turned 15. RIP, Karen.
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