Song Lyric Sunday — Take Two

Earlier today, I posted my response to this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, which was the word “pretending.” But when I saw that my blogging friend, Jim, used the same song as I did, “The Pretender” by Jackson Brown, I wondered if there might be another song I could use.

Then, as I was waking my dog and listening to iTunes on my iPhone, I heard this song:

“How Long” is a 1974 song by the British group Ace from their album Five-A-Side. It reached No. 3 in the US.

I always assumed this song was about a secret affair, but it was actually written by lead singer Paul Carack when he found out that Ace bassist Terry Comer was secretly working with two other bands at the same time he was playing for Ace. When he wrote this song, Carack felt betrayed by Comer. Interestingly, Comer returned to the band in time to play on the recording of the song..

Here are the song’s lyrics.

How long has this been going on?
How long has this been going on?

Well, if friends with their fancy persuasion
Don’t admit that it’s part of a scheme
But I can’t help but have my suspicions
‘Cause I ain’t quite as dumb as I seem

And you said you was never intending
To break up our scene this way
But there ain’t any use in pretending
It could happen to us any day

How long has this been going on?
How long has this been going on?

Oh, your friends with their fancy persuasion
Don’t admit that it’s part of a scheme
But I can’t help but have my suspicions
‘Cause I ain’t quite as dumb as I seem

Oh, you said you was never intending
To break up our scene this way
But there ain’t any use in pretending
It could happen to us any day

And how long has this been going on?
How long has this been going on?
(How long?)
How long has this been going on?
(How long has this?)

How long has this been going on?
(How long?)
How long has this been going on?

Manic Monday — Same Old Song and Dance

“I’m so sorry, Alex, but traffic this morning was horrendous,” Sally explained. “The bridge was all backed up….”

“Give it a rest, Sally,” Alex said, interrupting her. “It’s always something, isn’t it? Traffic was bad, your car wouldn’t start, your alarm didn’t go off because your electricity went out.”

“You know, Alex, shit happens,” Sally said. “I’ve just had a run of bad luck recently. And I said I was sorry.”

Alex got a stern look on his face. “It’s the same old song and dance with you, isn’t it Sally? You come up with all of these bullshit excuses for why you’re late for work and you expect me to just roll over and accept it. Well, I’m sorry, too, Sally, but that ends today. I’m going to have to let you go effective immediately.”

“Oh Alex, you know you can’t fire me,” Sally said smiling at her boss.

“I just did fire you, Sally,” Alex said. “You’re done here.”

“Okay, fine,” Sally said. “I can’t wait to invite your wife out for a cup of coffee and tell her how you expected me to ‘just roll over and accept it’ from you all those nights on your office couch when you asked me to, oh what was it you said you wanted me to do? Oh right, you wanted me to inspect your hard drive to confirm that it was large enough to support all of your needs. I’m sure she’ll understand.”

Alex stood staring at Sally for a moment as she watched his expression transition from anger to resignation.

“I hope you will make a concerted effort to get to the office by 8:30 from now on,” he said. “And by the way, can you stop by my office at the end of the day today? My hard drive needs some attention.”

Sally smiled at Alex, turned around, and walk toward her cubicle. “Same old song and dance indeed,” she thought.


Written for Sandi’s Manic Monday challenge to write a post using a song title she has chosen, which this week is Aerosmith’s song, “Same Old Song and Dance.”