Good Year For The Roses

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I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick
On the cigarettes there in the ashtray
Lying cold the way you left them
But at least your lips caressed them while you packed
Or the lip-print on a half-filled cup of coffee
That you poured and didn't drink
But at least you thought you wanted it
That's so much more than I can say for me

What a good year for the roses
Many blooms still linger there
The lawn could stand another mowing
Funny I don't even care
As you turn to walk away
As the door behind you closes
The only thing I have to say
It's been a good year for the roses

After three full years of marriage
It's the first time that you haven't made the bed
I guess the reason we're not talking
There's so little left to say we haven't said
While a million thoughts go racing through my mind
I find I haven't said a word
From the bedroom the familiar sound
Of our baby's crying goes unheard

What a good year for the roses
Many blooms still linger there
The lawn could stand another mowing
Funny I don't even care
As you turn to walk away
As the door behind you closes
The only thing I have to say
It's been a good year for the roses

Good Year For The Roses
Written byJerry Chesnut
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byBilly Sherrill
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
John McFee - guitar
Tommy Millar - fiddle
Nashville Edition - backing vocals
RecordedMay 18-29, 1981, CBS Studio A, Nashville
ReleasedSeptember 1981
AlbumsAlmost Blue, 1981
SinglesGood Year For The Roses, 1981
Green Shirt, 1985
CollectionsThe Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello), 1985
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 2, 2003
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
Various Artists collectionsHits Hits Hits, 1981
The History Of Rock: Vol. 39, 1986
A Series 25 Years Of Rock 'n' Roll 1981, 1988
New Country, 1994
Country Collection, 1994
The All Time Greatest Country Songs, 1997
That's Country, 1998
Blast From The Past: The Other Side Of The '80s, 1998
The Best Country Ballads In The World... Ever!, 1998
Now That's What I Call Music 1981 - The Millennium Series, 1999
The History Of Rockmusic: Pure Rock 1981, 1999
Summer Country (41 Classic Country Hits For A Modern World), 2002
Elite Eighties, 2003
Country Love, 2003
The Very Best Of Country Gold, 2003
Country Ballads, 2003
101 Love Songs, 2003
The Essential Country Album, 2003
Recline, 200_
Inspired - The World's Greatest Covers, 2004
The Ultimate All Time Classic Tearjerkers, 2004
The Definitive Country Collection, 2004
Foute Kerst-CD Van Deckers En Ornelis - 19 Foute Kerstsongs, 2005
PromosElvis Costello Introduces... The Tracks From His New Album 'Almost Blue', 1981
Excerpts From The Album 'Almost Blue', 1981
Highlights From Almost Blue & Imperial Bedroom, 1994
Selections From Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, Kojak Variety, 2004
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length3:06

First known performance:
December 21, 1981, Guildford, England
Last known performance:
March 8, 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands
     (318 known performances)


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Elvis Costello Introduces... The Tracks From His New Album 'Almost Blue'Elvis Costello Introduces The Tracks From His New Album Almost Blue album cover.jpg

Good Year For The Roses singleGood Year For The Roses UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

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The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)TMBOEC album cover 170.jpg

Single: Green ShirtGreen Shirt UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 2Singles Volume 2 album cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg


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