"Mexican Standoff" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Mark Potter, Craig Lee Potter, Richard Barry Jupp and Peter James Turner....
Shifting my weight now from foot to foot
What did she see in this man
I’m not superstitious but if I can get
This ball in the basket
Then he’ll wake up dead

Your sweet reassurances don’t change the fact
That he’s better looking than me
Yet he’d look ideal ‘neath the wheels of a car
Oh Mexican standoff I wish I was hard

Lyrics submitted by Leif_Erikson

"Mexican Standoff" as written by Richard Barry Jupp Peter James Turner

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  • +1
    General CommentPretty much seems to be about two men after one woman. Maybe she was going out with the other man but is now going out with the narrator, or maybe she's deciding now. Either way there's some competition involved. This might be something to do with Guy's relationship with Edith Bowman, and maybe even about how she went out with Editors' Tom Smith after Guy and her broke up. Could be written about any relationship of his though it's hard to tell. Great song.
    Leif_Eriksonon September 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGuy IS tall...
    tamedlamiaon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe said in a radio interview its about when he noticed a picture of his girlfriends ex boyfriend pinned up on her wall. He said he was a good looking guy and had a fit of jealousy!
    minkydaveon September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyric is, "I wish I was tall."
    AcousticGardenon August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsecond time round is definitely "I wish I was hard."
    to me it sounds more like "I wish I was part" the first time...
    doctor_johnsonon September 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI hear "I wish I was part" as well, almost like he wishes to be included in the standoff because right now he feels like the girl is still hooked on the past guy.

    The second time around though, it doesn't sound like part. No idea, but awesome song nonetheless!
    shyzerDOTcomon March 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounded like 'hot' and not 'hard' or 'part' to me
    DoubleWon June 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI wish I was HARD! As in hard man. Basically, he wishes he was tough and brave enough to beat the crap out of the girlfriend's ex.

    Jealousy and an inferiority complex. Bad times!
    proggieon November 01, 2012   Link

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