Elvis Costello - Good year for the roses
Tekst en muziek: Jerry Chesnut
(1981)






I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick
On the cigarettes there in the ashtray
Lying all the way you left them
But at least your lips caressed them
While you packed



Or the lip-print on a half-filled cup of coffee
That you poured and didn’t drink
But at least you thought you wanted it
That’s so much more than I can say for me



What a good year for the roses
Many blooms still linger there
The lawn could stand another mowing
Funny, I don’t even care



As you turn to walk away
As the door behind you closes
The only thing I have to say
“It’s been a good year for the roses”



After three full years of marriage
It’s the first time that you haven’t made the bed
I guess, the reason we’re not talking
Is so little left to say, we haven’t said



While a million thoughts go racing through my mind
I find, I haven’t said a word
From the bedroom the familiar sound
Of a babies crying, goes unheard



What a good year for the roses
Many blooms still linger there
Lawn could stand another mowing
Funny, I don’t even care



As you turn to walk away
As the door behind you closes
The only thing I have to say
“It’s been a good year for the roses”









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