"The Long Honeymoon" as written by and Elvis Costello....
All the bedroom lights go out
As the neighborhood gets quiet
Everything in heaven and earth is almost right
But there's a wife who's wondering where her husband could be tonight
And when the phone rang only once she took a dreadful fright

Little things just seem to undermine her confidence in him
He was late this time last week
Who can she turn to when the chance of coincidence is slim
Cause the baby isn't old enough to speak

There's been a long honeymoon
She thought too late and spoke too soon
There's no money back guarantee on future happiness
There's been a long honeymoon
If he's out on a date then her life's in ruins
She never thought her love could ever be as strong as this

All the movies and the papers
Feature the murders of lonely women
If he isn't in by ten she'll call up her best friend
Why doesn't he come home
Why does her friends phone keep on ringing
Maybe she should just pretend


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"The Long Honeymoon" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentOne of my favorite Elvis songs. Very powerful. The husband is cheating on his wife and newborn child with her friend. Adding lines like "She never thought her love could ever be as strong as this" and "maybe she should just pretend" reveals that the wife's insecurity and reluctance to leave and throw the bum out. She is a bit like the abused spouse that will not press charges.....
    Motownon September 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, that's it exactly. This is one of Elvis' more straightforward songs. Wonderful melody, great lyrics
    Zubbyon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlegend has it that he was completly pissed when he recorded this song. i really love it though
    uncomplicatedon February 13, 2007   Link

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