Washing machine, pinstripe dream
Stripped the gloss from a beauty queen
Found our nest, in the Daily Express
Met the vicar in a holy vest
Brought up the children Church of E
Now I vegetate with a colour TV
Worst ever thing that ever happened to me
Oh, for D.I.V.O.R.C.E., oh Judy
Whatever happened to pillow fights
Whatever happened to jeans so tight, Friday nights
Whatever happened to lover's lane
Whatever happened to passion games
Sunday walks in the pouring rain
Curling tongs, mogadons
"I got a headache baby, don't take so long"
Single beds, middle age dread
Losing the war in the Waistlands spread
Who left the cap of the toothpaste tube
Who forgot to flush the loo
Leave your sweaty socks outside the door
Don't walk across my polished floor, oh Judy
Whatever happened to morning smiles
Whatever happened to wicked wiles, permissive styles
Whatever happened to twinkling eyes, hard fast drives
Complements on unnatural size
Propping up a bar, family car
Sweating out a mortgage as a balding clerk
World war three, suburbanshee
Just slip her these pills and I'll be free
No more Judy, Judy, Judy no more
Goodbye Judy

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Punch and Judy Lyrics as written by Mark Kelly Derek William Dick

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    General Comment
    Mid-life crisis, half your life gone and nothing to show. A shrew for a wife who does nothing but nag. It started off fine, lots of walks in the park, sex and love but what went wrong? There's one way to solve the problem, get rid of his wife and everything will sort itself out. I remember listening to this when I was about 14 and thinking that all marriages must be like this! Well I got to 40 and while some bits have a small ring of truth, life's what you make it. You make bad choices with your partner ( pick beauty over brains ) and they might come true! LOL!
    fuzzypiggyon April 12, 2013   Link
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    General Comment
    Its about the famous puppet show about Punch and his wife Judy. I believe the theme in this song is about divorce as mentioned in the song. Excellent Marillion song with a very catchy chorus. Fish-era Marillion really Rocked !!!!
    MMM88on December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment
    I think it's to do with being trapped in a loveless marriage as he wishes for divorce but decides to kill judy
    woollymooreon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment
    It's the story of a man that soon discovers marriage, 2.4 children etc wasn't quite what it said in the brochure.... great song that probably means more today than when it was written... Very prophetic??
    69_kinkyon September 23, 2008   Link
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    My Opinion
    My interpretation of this song is that it's about a man 'Punch' entering middle-age who is trapped in an loveless marraige to 'Judy' with an unsatisfying career to compound matters. His early years with 'Judy' were the typical story of the passions of young love (described in the "whatever happened..." lines of the chorus) but his current situation (described in the verses) is no longer carefree and Judy is clearly just a nagging influence who is no longer any fun to be around. He'd wants a divorce but for whatever reason cannot obtain one so he decides the only way to escape is to kill his wife by poisoning her. (great pop song!)
    sivagishon December 16, 2009   Link

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