"Good Year For The Roses" as written by and Jerry Chesnut....
I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick on the cigarettes there in the ashtray
Lyin' cold the way you left 'em, 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 mowin'
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 talkin', there's so little left to say we
Haven't said
While a million thoughts go racin' through my mind, I find I haven't said a word
From the bedroom the familiar sound of a baby's cryin' goes unheard

What a good year for the roses
Many blooms still linger there
The lawn could stand another mowin'
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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"Good Year for the Roses" as written by Jerry Chesnut

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    General CommentThe lyrics for this are pretty self-explanatory, basically about the break-up of a marriage. I think the title comes from the irony that it's been a good year for the roses but a bad year for the couple in the song.
    Tikkaon October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah it's about the breakdown of a marriage. I think the title is more sort of 'if you cant say anything good dont say anything at all' sort of idea. The singer has nothing good to say about the marriage, so he latches on to the one positive there is about their household at the moment.
    Comrade_Liaron April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's very self-explanatory as both of you pointed out. The irony behind the title is what makes it. At the end of the marriage, it's all he can bear to say. I love the part about the coffee that she didn't finish - I think that line is so strong, 'at least you thought you wanted it...that's so much more than I can say for me'. Not my fav Costello song, but powerful nonetheless.
    butterflykiss84on May 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcover of a george jones song
    hangwire13on February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou got it originally done by George Jones
    frantictanon March 01, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningHas noone ever thought about the title as more than an irony contrasting the roses to the couple in the song? Since their marriage is on the brink of breaking apart and they got so used to living together ("I guess the reason we're not talkin', there's so little left to say we haven't said") he never buys her roses anymore. In that respect "it's been a good year for the roses" because they haven't been cut for him to give them to her.
    Louiskaon October 26, 2012   Link

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