Monday Morning

Story Behind The Song

Young girl turns woman and is looking forward to getting married.

Song Description

Young girl advised to become older before getting married. She decides not to wait.

Song Length 4:17 Genre World - Celtic, Folk - General
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Joyful, In High Spirits Subject Joy, Marriage
Similar Artists Loreena McKennitt Language English
Era 1700 - 1799


Early one morning one morning in spring
to hear the birds whistle the nightingale sing
I meet a fair maiden who sweetly did sing
I'm going to be married next monday morning

How old are you my fair young maid?
Here in this valley, this valley so green
How old are you my fair young maid?
I'm going to be sixteen next monday morning

Sixteen years old that's to young for to marry
so take my advice 5 years longer to tarry
for marriage brings troubles and sorrows begin
so put off your wedding for monday morning.

You talk like a mad man, a man with no skill
3 years I've been waiting against my own will
and now I'm determined to have my own way
and I'm going to be married next monday morning

Next monday morning the bells they will ring
my true love will buy me a gay gold ring
also he'll buy me a new pretty gown
to ware at my wedding next monday morning

Next monday night when I go to my bed
and I turn round to the man that I've wed
around his middle my two arms I will fling
and wish to my soul
it was monday morning

Lead vocal Delta Burnett Reed
Back up vocal Joe Podlesny
Composer Joe Podlesny
Musical arranger Joe Podlesny
Guitar Joe Podlesny
Keyboard Joe Podlesny
Cover: Peter Paul and Mary

Haunting, beautiful arrangement of an old folk song. Even though it's not an original, the performer tells the story so well. She transports the listener back in time. One can almost picture this song being sung in an Irish village. Would be great for a movie/Netflix series. Absolutely beautiful job on the instrumentation and production. The birdsong is a lovely, authentic touch and really adds to the song. The vocals at the end of the song are simply stellar.

Wow I love the story and the beautiful music and vocal. Sort of swept me away on a journey where I could feel the scene. Could understand the adventure and then the sorrow. I really enjoyed listening to the song, and thought hmmm that actually strikes a pretty true chord! Yikes, story is completely relatable for some of us!

Very nice intro, a little long but it has good drama which draws you in. Good clearly defined sections. Nice interplay with the lead vocal around 2:30 then replaced with the subtle horn patch was very tasty. The accompaniment throughout is beautiful and well performed, just the right dynamics. You don't hear too many waltz here so that's refreshing.

Haunting atmospheric beginning paving the way to a beautifully laid out story.Your voice is entirely suited to this style of song Delta, I really enjoy your captivating music.

Lyrics Traditional - maybe Peter, Paul & Mary Music Traditional - maybe Peter, Paul & Mary
Producer Joe Podlesny Publisher Joe Podlesny
Performance Delta Burnett Reed/music arranger Joe Podlesny Label Avocet Studios
This track is on 2 Member Playlists
Playlist Creator Playlist Name Date Added
Ionut Mirel Udrea Best World Songs 3/22/2015
David D. Mason My Top Songs 1/18/2013
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