He Thinks He'll Keep Her

Album: Come On, Come On (1992)
Charted: 71
  • She makes his coffee, she makes his bed
    She does the laundry, she keeps him fed
    When she was twenty-one she wore her mother's lace
    She said, "forever," with a smile upon her face

    She does the carpool, she P.T.A.'s
    Doctors and dentists, she drives all day
    When she was twenty-nine she delivered number three
    And ev'ry Christmas card showed a perfect family

    Ev'rything runs right on time
    Years of practice and design
    Spit and polish till it shines, he thinks he'll keep her
    Ev'rything is so benign
    The safest place you'll ever find
    God forbid you change your mind, he thinks he'll keep her

    She packs his suitcase, she sits and waits
    With no expression upon her face
    When she was thirty-six she met him at their door
    She said, "I'm sorry, I don't love you any more"

    Ev'rything runs right on time
    Years of practice and design
    Spit and polish till it shines, he thinks he'll keep her
    Ev'rything is so benign
    The safest place you'll ever find
    God forbid you change your mind, he thinks he'll keep her

    For fifteen years she had a job and not one raise in pay
    Now she's in the typing pool at minimum wage

    Ev'rything runs right on time
    Years of practice and design
    Spit and polish till it shines, he thinks he'll keep her
    Ev'rything is so benign
    The safest place you'll ever find
    At least until you change your mind (he thinks he'll keep her) all right Writer/s: DON SCHLITZ, MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Staley from Dallas, TxOne more in a long country music tradition of exploiting double meanings in the titles of songs: "he thinks he'll keep her" because she's such a dutiful wife, but on the other hand, he THINKS he'll keep her, but he's wrong.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhI like some of Mary Chapin Carpenter's songs, this just isn't one of them. It's depressing and pointless. The woman's life goes nowhere. She chucks it all for a typing job at minimum wage? Does not sound very fulfilling.
  • Andrew from Blossvale, NyMary Chapin Carpenter did indeed write this song, Lucinda Williams wrote "Passionate Kisses", another hit from the album C'mon C'mon
  • Luke from Montpelier, VtI think Lucinda Williams actually wrote this song.
  • Steve from Salt Lake City, UtHi Kelly in Levitown.
    Dreat song for sure!
    Im just glad my mom stuck around totally "Unfullfilled"
  • Kelly from Levittown, PaThis is a great song, and it tells a great story. A woman who spends her whole life caring for her husband and children and then realizes one day she just wants to do something for herself.
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