Singin’ the Furlough Blues

By Kellie Lunney

July 8, 2013

There’s a song for everything, even furloughs.

Furloughs at the Defense Department started on Monday, so we thought we’d share this little gem that resurfaced on YouTube. It’s a twist on the 1966 classic “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas and The Papas, replacing some of the original lyrics with ones about unpaid leave, 30-day warnings and an obligatory dig at Congress. Mama Sass, doing a pretty decent Mama Cass impression in full hippie regalia, laments federal furloughs.

Here’s a sample:

Monday, Monday, it’s furlough day.
Monday, Monday, it’s the day I get no pay.
Oh, Monday morning, with 30-day warning, it’s at home I will stay.
Oh, Monday morning, I’m at home, and kids are at play.

Sass goes on to slam lawmakers, noting that “our dear Congress, they’re still getting all of their pay. Oh, Monday morning, all I do is sit home and pray.” Many songwriters have complained about Mondays, but this might be the first one about furloughs.

Can someone please set sequestration to music? Maybe we’d all understand it better in song.

(h/t: The Facebook page, How I Spent My Furlough Day)


By Kellie Lunney

July 8, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2013/07/singin-furlough-blues/66215/