The guy in this song is declaring his love for his wife, Marie, making his pitch with some bad, but heartfelt, poetry:
You're the song that the trees sing when the wind blows You're a flower, you're a river, you're a rainbow
Unfortunately, the only time he'll tell her he loves her is when he's drunk. The rest of the time he's a heel.
This song is part of Newman's Good Old Boys album, which tells the story of a guy in the American South from his point of view. We meet Marie in the song "Birmingham," where we learn about their life in the Alabama city.
"Pretty In Pink" by Psychedelic Furs was released in 1981. Five years later, it inspired a movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The song was remixed for the re-release to have more Pop appeal.