"Black Coffee 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

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

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    Song MeaningThe song is about a memory, but it's mostly about killing a memory. He's denying that this girl ever meant anything to him. She's not even given a name, she's "black coffee in bed". He's claiming that all she left behind is a coffee stain. We know it's a lie but it's a lie he's trying to sell himself. He even claims to be on to the next girl but we know he's not. He's constantly remembering something, a perspective-changing experience of intimacy, he's constantly trying to forget.
    matt103619on May 14, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSqueeze founding member and guitarist Chris Difford writes their song lyrics. Says Chris: "This lyric was inspired by my picking up my notebook one day and seeing a coffee stain on it, which inspired the first line. It was a very vivid image for me and inspired this song of loss and regret."
    Erayman64on February 15, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI'm so glad I found this page. I always had a hunch that that's what song meant in general.
    But I'm a little confused about the specifics of some lines - and would love to get your opinioins.

    "From the lips without passion To the lips with a kiss
    there's nothing in your love that I'll ever miss"

    Is this more of him just pretending his new lover ("lips with a kiss") is warmer/better than the girl he's singing to ? ("lips without passion")?

    "i was writing to tell you that my feeling's tonight
    are a stain on my notebook that rings your goodbye"

    I'm embarrassed to say I'm not quite sure what "rings your goodbye" means here?
    Is this more "denial"? like I was opening up the same notebook where I found your stain in, originally just opening it up to write a new letter to tell you I'm over you...but found the stain? Or basically he's saying, "all you are is a stain"? nothing more?
    I guess the juxtaposition of the 2 lines together is what's confusing..or a bit subtle to get

    "now knowing I am single they'll be fire in my eyes
    and a stain on my notebook for a new love tonight"

    just as simple as it sounds? he and his new lover will make their own stain? more attempting to forget - ?
    roy1020841on April 11, 2016   Link

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