"Black Coffe In Bed" as written by Christopher Difford and Glenn Tilbrook....
There's a stain on my notebook
Where your coffee cup was
And there's ash in the pages
Now I've got myself lost
I was writing to tell you
That my feelings tonight
Are a stain on my notebook
That rings your goodbye
With the way that you left me
I can hardly contain
The hurt and the anger
And the joy of the pain
Now knowing I am single
They'll be fire in my eyes
And a stain on my notebook
For a new love tonight
From the lips without passion
To the lips with a kiss
There's nothing of your love
That I'll ever miss
The stain on my notebook
Remain all that's left
Of the memory of late nights
And coffee in bed
Now she's gone
And I'm back on the beat
A stain on my notebook
Says nothing to me
Now she's gone
And I'm out with a friend
With lips full of passion
And coffee in bed


Lyrics submitted by cookiethief, edited by JohnEightThirtyTwo

"Black Coffee in Bed" as written by Glenn Tilbrook Christopher Difford

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    General CommentLove this song :] My interpretation of it is that he has lost his love and is trying to replace her, but the 'stain on his note book' reminds him of her. Even though he says it means nothing to him, he is trying to cover up his true feelings and get on with his life. Others probabaly have a different opinion though.
    butterflykiss84on August 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah i pretty much agree with butterfly kiss that everything he sees reminds him of his ex.
    kfe2on February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI concur with butterfly too. I love this song.
    Celtic_FCon August 25, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI've always thought that "black coffee" was also a winking reference to the lost love's appearance, a la "brown sugar." The woman in the video was a blonde, but that was probably the director's call, not the songwriter's, so...
    villekullaon May 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentCoffee in bed clearly sounds like "caught me in bed" at times, because this is the real meaning, he's just hiding the true meaning with words that rhyme.

    Back on the beat is supposed to be "back on the beach" (even though he doesn't actually use the word beach). The beach is where he has to go to be reborn/start over. The water breaking on the shore is a metaphor for his next mother's water breaking and the ocean is where all the emotion/energy/life stems from (can't have life on a planet without water).
    realshitfaceon May 03, 2016   Link
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    General CommentWorking as a musician when this song was popular, it was understood to mean one thing, which is evident in the scene of a beautiful Black woman. Marriage ruined and Black coffee in bed. Needing to mask the meaning for a G rating and a time that was far less 'PC'.
    richardi9aon August 01, 2016   Link

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