"He Thinks He'll Keep Her" as written by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Don Schlitz....
She makes his coffee, she makes his bed
She does the laundry, she keeps him fed
When she was twenty one she wore her mother's lace
She said, "Forever," with a smile upon her face

She does the carpool, she P.T.A.'s
Doctors and dentists, she drives all day
When she was twenty nine she delivered number three
And ev'ry Christmas card showed a perfect family

Ev'rything runs right on time
Years of practice and design
Spit and polish till it shines
He thinks he'll keep her
Ev'rything is so benign
The safest place you'll ever find
God forbid you change your mind
He thinks he'll keep her

She packs his suitcase, she sits and waits
With no expression upon her face
When she was thirty-six she met him at the door
She said, "I'm sorry, I don't love you any more"

Ev'rything runs right on time
Years of practice and design
Spit and polish till it shines
He thinks he'll keep her
Ev'rything is so benign
The safest place you'll ever find
God for bid you change your mind
He thinks he'll keep her

For fifteen years she had a job and not one raise in pay
Now she's in the typing pool at minimum wage

Ev'rything runs right on time
Years of practice and design
Spit and polish till it shines
He thinks he'll keep her
Ev'rything is so benign
The safest place you'll ever find
At least until you change your mind
(He thinks he'll keep her)



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"He Thinks He'll Keep Her" as written by Mary Carpenter Don Schlitz

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    General CommentI love this song! It's really quite sad, but so true for many!
    CRYN_OUTon September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTerribly sad. All about believing your life would work out one way and being wrong.
    Smokleron June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite MCC song, and I don't find it sad at all! I find it humorous. Seriously, look at women in our life. They all do this: they all forget themselves for other people. It's incredibly ridiculous and of course I fear that time when I'll probably do the same. however, she leaves him at the end and by doing so, gains her independence, even though she makes no money really. She is still happy, much happier than before, and in a sense, 'sticks it to the man'.
    pamplemousse916on May 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHow can this song be taken as sad? I mean, yes I can see that the family will be sad, but this is supposed to be interpreted from her point of view, the suppressed housewife. She finally had enough and left. It is inspiring to me.
    pamplemousse916on September 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFrivorcing bitch.
    alcockellon March 08, 2014   Link

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