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As with many of Costello’s previous songs, it is tricky to ascertain a particular meaning, as his lyrics are replete with such double meanings as “though you may not be an old-fashioned girl, you’re still going to get dated”. However, in the liner notes for the 2002 Rhino reissue of Get Happy!!, Costello stated that the record was about women’s gossip.
The most successful cover version of the song was by Dave Edmunds, to whom Costello says he donated the song “in a moment of drunken bravado.” Released in June 1979, Edmunds’ version charted at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, spending 11 weeks on the chart. It was his final top ten hit in that country, and began his album Repeat When Necessary. Costello’s version, however, did see the light of day when released as the B-side of his single “I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down”, and was a fixture of the set lists for his tours for some time after it was recorded.