Elvis Costello - "Georgie Her Rival" lyrics

Georgie grew to hate her name

It sounded like a tiny man

And the one she had said "i cant see you, but Ill call you whenever I can"

Sometimes the phone would ring, when she was half-asleep
A voice would drag her down with its suggestions

Though she often felt cheated, she never felt cheap


Well heaven knows what fills the heart and makes you feel so alive
Its impossible to tear apart

Georgie and her rival

It was half-past february

And he hadnt called since new years day

Maybe hed found another woman to say those words no chapel girl should say

Her mother would phone and always keep talking
Shed try to be polite, making faces
But somewhere in the back of her mind, her rival was stalking


Her rival would always wait til the eighth or ninth bell

Hed be desperate anyway and drunk as well

She always liked to hurt him to prove he was prepared
To love her anyway that she wanted

So she could tell which she preferred

He sat up with his address book trying to think what mood hes in

He didnt hear through her disguise he didnt leave her in a rush
His finger traced past georgies name to someone who needed less persuading

Just like the promise that he left on her machine

That almost made her blush

The radio plays a lovers symphony
"the number you have dialed has been re-directed"
Now she puts him on the speaker-phone

Whenever she has company