Six O'Clock

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There's something special 'bout six o'clock

In the morning when it's still too early to knock

And the dusky light shines down on the block

And reflects up and down on the hands of the clock

Six o'clock, six o'clock

A few hours ago she was standing here

Just watching the stars in our eyes and the lights as the tights disappeared

And I could feel I could say what I want

That I could nudge her and call her my confidante

But now I'm all alone with just my shadow in front

At six o'clock, six o'clock

I went home and found that time to sleep was rare

Just watching my eyelids, knowing my brain bids the night not to care

I got up and got scufflin' around

But somehow it just wasn't the same happy town

And the bells didn't ring with the same happy sound

At six o'clock, six o'clock

If I go back where we parted

Could I ever feel like that again

Guess I'll just have to wait 'til tomorrow

But what can I do 'til then

Guess I'll go back home and just wait until dawn

Yes, I had to learn going back where we were wouldn't help at all

And I wish my head had been working right

We'd have gone for coffee and talked all night

And now I'm back alone, bein' twisted up tight

Six o'clock, six o'clock

Now I'm back alone

Yes, now I'm back alone

I'm back alone



This song is unreleased by Elvis Costello, but he performed it in concert with Rosanne Cash in New York 2007-04-13. Elvis allegedly also played it during the 1977 Live Stiffs tour, at least at soundchecks.


  • The Lovin' Spoonful, single and on Everything Playing, 1967
  • Bud Shank, on A Spoonful Of Jazz, 1967

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