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Lorrie Morgan Kicks Up Her Heels In “Except for Monday”

Lorrie Morgan + Except for Monday

The third single from Lorrie Morgan’s 1991 Platinum album Something in Red, “Except for Monday,” has become synonymous with the singer. Out of all the Lorrie Morgan hit songs, this really popped out for two reasons: First, it’s kicking-up-the-stiletto-heels kind of fun with catchy lyrics that showed a side of breakup that wasn’t the typical sad heartbreaker. Second is Morgan’s emotive delivery. 

The song was written by Reed Nielsen and produced by Richard Landis under RCA Nashville, with background vocals by Michael Black, Harry Stinson, and Dennis Wilson. It was a commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in the United States and entering the Top Ten on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

Meaning Behind the Song

“Except for Mondays” is an upbeat country tune that explores the theme of heartbreak, longing, and the struggle of moving on and forward from a past relationship. 

The song opens with the line, “You look surprised, you didn’t think you’d see me / Kicking up my heels, painting up this town,” and it was definitely a moment. Everyone who has gone through a breakup knows this: We all want to look like we’re over and doing fine and good when we see our ex. Morgan then continued, singing that she learned a couple of new dances after he bid her goodbye, and she was on a big roll — except on Mondays. 

Mondays are usually associated with the start of the week, symbolizing a fresh start and the opportune moment to move forward. However, as described in the song, Mondays, to Morgan, are a stark reminder of the past and a constant reminder of the love they once had.

On Tuesdays, she gets a little sidetracked, but on Wednesdays, she feels a bit better. However, that one was out of spite. Thursdays and Fridays feel too long, and then Saturdays pass like a breeze. And Sundays are the best, and everyone can bet she’s alright. 

In the second verse, Morgan goes, “Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t always this easy / Getting over you, got a little rough on me.” But it didn’t take long for her to get it together. And honestly, being set free from him was something she thanked her lucky stars for everyday. 

Lorrie Morgan’s “Except for Monday” is a timeless classic that resonates with listeners. Enjoy it below. 

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