Now it's just you and me, my blue friend
And you say that it's you that she's thinking of
And our affair must end
But if it's you that she's thinking of
I think my broken heart might mend

[Chorus:]
Now it's my turn to talk and your turn to think
Your turn to buy and my turn to drink
Your turn to cry and my turn to sink down in the Blue Chair
Down in the Blue Chair

Now I've made up my mind I've made my mistake
And I know that she cries for you
When she's barely awake
Well she's going to bend your mind
Well I hope it don't break

[Chorus]

Down in the Blue Chair
We can watch our troubles rise
Like smoke into the air
And drift up to the ceiling
Down in the Blue Chair
You can feel just like a boy or a man
And next minute you can find yourself kneeling
Down in the Blue Chair
They're boasting of loving the daylights right out of her in the small hours
Down in the Blue Chair
You say that your love lasts forever when you know the night just hours

And still I want her right now
Not any minute, hour or day
And wherever she is tonight
I want her anyway
I suppose she never said to you,
You were just in the way

[Chorus]

Down in the Blue Chair
Down in the blue
Blue becomes you
Down in the Blue Chair


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Blue Chair Lyrics as written by Elvis Costello

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    General Comment

    The song is about being with a prostitute.

    "They're boasting of loving the daylights right out of her in the small hours Down in the Blue Chair You say that your love lasts forever when you know the night is just hours

    And still I want her right now Not any minute, hour or day And wherever she is tonight I want her anyway "

    alibaba2on February 28, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    I think the Blue Char is the strangly familar comfort you get from looking back at the heartache of love lost. The "you" in the song is a friend in love with the narriator's Ex. The narriator takes some comfort knowing that the other's heart is likely to be broken too.

    sansworldon July 26, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    i thought it was just about sitting in a blue chair

    strawberrygalon February 23, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaning

    He kicks back in the blue chair that has become his comfortable old friend, while his other old friend is telling him that the guy's ex is now in love with him. This makes it his blue chair because that's where he sits to hear news like this. If she left him for his buddy then it is some consolation to him because perhaps it cheapens her in his eyes that she would get with his old familiar buddy. But then, at the end he doesn't want to believe it, still wants to be with her; and does kind of a "the girl is mine" thing on him "Didn't she tell you you were in the way?" It's kind of common for a girl to get with one of the friends of her boyfriend; He needs to sit in his chair and not feel too blue over things; let them drift like smoke up to the ceiling....

    Yipperon December 20, 2016   Link
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    General Comment

    This is a relationship between the guy and his credit card .Blue is the card "carte bleu" kinda thing. It's his blue friend at the moment of paying for it. The card makes everything easy, but everything is difficult becasue the guy behind the card has his doubts ...

    yankydwadon March 10, 2024   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    I don't think this is the original meaning, but certain phrases of the song make me think that the song is about a pair of friends, both infatuated with the same woman, but has chosen one over the other, and the blue chair is a place where they hang out and are still friends.

    That doesn't make complete sense, but I think it would be a cool theme for a song anyway.

    toaduseron November 07, 2009   Link

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