"Part-Time Lover" as written by Vivienne Stephenson and S. Wonder....
Call up, ring once, hang up the phone
To let me know you made it home
Don't want nothing to be wrong with part-time lover
If she's with me I'll blink the lights
To let you know tonight's the night
For me and you, my part-time lover

We are undercover passion on the run
Chasing love up against the sun
We are strangers by day, lovers by night
Knowing it's so wrong, but feeling so right

If I'm with friends and we should meet
Just pass me by, don't even speak
Know the word's "discreet" when part-time lovers
But if there's some emergency
Have a male friend to ask for me
So then she won't peek, its really you my part-time lover

We are undercover passion on the run
Chasing love up against the sun
We are strangers by day, lovers by night
Knowing it's so wrong, but feeling so right

We are undercover passion on the run
Chasing love up against the sun
We are strangers by day, lovers by night
Knowing it's so wrong, but feeling so right

I've got something that I must tell
Last night someone rang our doorbell
And it was not you, my part-time lover
And then a man called our exchange
But didn't want to leave his name
I guess that two can play the game
Of part-time lovers
You and me, part-time lovers
But, she and he, part-time lovers


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"Part-Time Lover" as written by Vivienne Stephenson, S. Wonder

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  • +2
    General CommentShouldn't we be discussing the meaning of the lyrics and not how much we like the song or not?

    The song is about a guy whose cheating on his significant other, and finds out that she's also cheating on him.
    WildKard84on November 05, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's difficult to ascertain whether this song promotes adultery or condemns it. It sounds like a sarcastic commentary on "love affairs". Or perhaps he just doesn't care, and admits his own flaws for a seemingly perfect crime.
    whiterabieson March 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe interesting thing about this song is that in spite of the upbeat music, the whole adultery theme gets a very menacing treatment. There's a strong "it takes one to know one" message in the last part's description of how the adulterous man comes to realize his wife is cheating on him just as he's cheating on her. He knows he's doing wrong, as he acknowledges several times, but only now does the price he's going to pay for his infidelity make itself evident to him.

    His line "I have a story I must tell" also strongly hints that he's kicking himself because he really should have seen this coming, but was too focused on keeping his wife unsuspecting to harbor any suspicion of her. Thus, his discovery proves to be the punchline to a very macabre joke: his infidelity has both blinded him and opened his eyes.

    Of course, the humor in such irony is a lot easier to appreciate when somebody else is the butt of the joke. In the music video, Stevie Wonder merely provides the narration; four others act the parts of the cheating spouses and their partners in adultery, and in the end they're shown turning up at the concert where he's playing this song.
    Inyarearon August 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is a great and (unfortunetly) true song! just love it! listen to it! listen to him! stevie wonder is the man!
    Luckyon January 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnicety, if you don't have anything nice to say about this song, the best thing to do is not give a s---. I never care about bands like Limp Bizkit. Anyways this is probablly the first song that got me into Stevie Wonder. and I'm 19.
    311rhcpon March 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds like at the end of the song, the cheating spouse got his . . . but I was under the impression that it was the female part-time lover that was cheating as well.
    alliematton October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti havent heard stevie wonder singing this song. what ive heard is the cover that copeland did for this song :p nice though
    Fr0sty-on September 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNicety is a horrible little dog mess. YOU SUCK NICETY.
    chaossphereon December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song...and Copeland did do a nice cover of this.
    she has a gf now.on March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid anyone hear the kid on American idol sing this song? it was so amazingly terrible, but Stevie really put emotion behind it, so it was different
    deathcablurveron March 16, 2006   Link

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