Labelled with Love 
    (Difford/Tilbrook) 
      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.


  • Chords
  • FROM THE ALBUM: East Side Story and released as the third single from that album.
  • COMPILATIONS: Singles - 45's and Under (European versions), Greatest Hits, Master Series.
  • LIVE VERSIONS: 1) A Round and a Bout; 2) The "Heaven Knows" CD singles/ Live at Royal Albert Hall.
  • Glenn, from the Excess Moderation sleevenotes (about its B-side, "Squabs on Forty Fab"): The "Stars on 45" series of records that came out in the early eighties inspired me to wonder if we could be so insensitive to our own songs. Tucked away as a B-side, the joke backfired and started picking up airplay which helped "Labelled With Love" achieve its high chart position.
  • Chris on Labelled, from a 1997 interview ith MOJO magazine: "That was when my Mum and Dad realised I could actually write songs. They’d have preferred me to be an accountant."
  • It reached #4 on the UK charts, making it their third highest charter there.
  • "Labelled with Love" was also the title of the 1983 stage musical which used numerous songs from the East Side Story LP as its score.