What Prince Told us about Manic Monday-and why we should Listen.
The recent passing of legendary artist, entertainer and innovator Prince has shocked and saddened many who consider him one of the most influential people of all time. When we think of Prince- we often think of his iconic songs and flamboyant stage presence, but Prince was much more than a singer and performer.
His creative mind and unconventional provocative style pushed the boundaries of music and his success is due to his desire to be different and break through stereotypes. One of the biggest hits he ever wrote was Manic Monday (something we can all identify with) a pop anthem with a message about work-life balance.
Though not many people stop to think about the manic monday lyrics- there is much to be said about the themes covered in a song from 30 years ago- that still apply today. The song talks about a woman who wakes up from a romantic dream – and who must put her life on hold to rush to the office (something she clearly does not feel like doing) but does it out of financial need.
These sentiments are reflected in the lyrics:
“But I can’t be late
‘Cause then I guess I just won’t get paid
These are the days
When you wish your bed was already made”
Why did my lover have to pick
Last night to get down?
Doesn’t it matter
That I have to feed the both of us
It’s incredible how, decades after the song’s initial release- employers and employees everywhere are still running around on Monday mornings, often like headless chickens, wishing it were “Sunday/Funday” again and they could relax.
What does that tell us about the state of employment in this current decade? It almost feels like Prince was trying to send us a message about priorities, happiness, romance and the state of workplace culture, and we completely ignored it! Instead, we all sing this pop anthem with a smile and a laugh- accepting the state of things- which is very un-prince-like!
A true ode to the king of pop would be to begin investigating why we still suffer from the “Manic-Monday” and how we could potentially counter this still-plaguing disease. Not much research has been done on the subject- but one thing is for sure- Prince’s legendary songs are definitely filled with hidden wisdom- and we could all benefit from listening to them again, this time with a critical ear!
R.I.P. Prince of pop.
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