Squeeze: Labelled With Love

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She unscrews the top of a new whiskey bottle
And shuffles about in her candle lit hovel,
Like some kind of witch with blue fingers in mittens
She smells like the cat and the neighbours she sickens,
The black and white t.v. has long seen a picture
The cross on the wall is a permanent fixture,
The postman delivers the final reminders
She sells off her silver and poodles in China.

Drinks to remember, I me and myself
And winds up the clock
And knocks dust from the shelf
Home is a love that I miss very much
So the past has been bottled and labelled with love.

During the war time an American pilot
Made every air raid a time of excitement,
She moved to his prairie and married the Texan
She learnt from a distance how love was a lesson,
He became drinker and she became mother
She knew that one day she'd be one or the other,
He ate himself older, drunk himself dizzy
Proud of her features, she kept herself pretty.


He like a cowboy died drunk in his slumber
Out on the porch in the middle of summer,
She crossed the ocean back home to her family
But they had retired to roads that were sandy,
She moved home alone without friends or relations
Lived in a world full of age reservation,
On moth eaten armchairs she'd say that she'd sod all
The friends who had left her to drink from the bottle.

(Chorus) x 2

The past has been bottled and labelled with love.
The past has been bottled and labelled with love.

Labelled With Love
Written byChris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
Performed bySqueeze
Produced byElvis Costello and Roger Bechirian
AlbumsEast Side Story, 1981
SinglesLabelled With Love, 1981
CollectionsSqueeze: Singles - 45's And Under (EU), 1982
Squeeze: Greatest Hits, 1994
Squeeze: Squeeze, 1997
Squeeze: Big Squeeze, 2002
Squeeze: Essential Squeeze, 2007
Various Artists collectionsCharthits 81 Volume 2, 1981
A Kick Up The Eighties Vol. 1, 1990
Totally 80s Vol. 3, 1994
A Kick Up The Eighties, 1997
Now That's What I Call Music 1981 - The Millennium Series, 1999
The Love Songs Album, 2000
A Kick Up The 80s, 2001
Music Of The Year: 1981, 2001
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's, 2003
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1981, 2004
Easyacoustic, 2005
Music for Lovers, 2005
True Drivetime, 2006
True Eighties, 2006
Story Songs, 2008
100 Eighties Classics, 2008
Greatest Ever! Acoustic, 2008
Greatest Ever! Chillout, 2008
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Eighties, 2008
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love, 2008
Top of the Pops 1981, 2008
Top of the Pops: Love, 2009

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