Everyone stopped when she walked into the room
Isn't this the greatest thing?
Everyone own up but nobody could touch her
Isn't this the greatest thing?

Punch the clock, keep boxing clever
(Isn't this the greatest thing)
You'll be young enough forever
(Isn't this the greatest thing?)
Isn't this the greatest?
Isn't this the greatest thing?
Isn't this the greatest thing?
The greatest thing

I heard some new confection
Said we can't afford to feel affection
(And it's the latest thing)
In and out of matrimony
Never once removed the Sony
('cause it's a status thing)

So girls like that above described
Are not to be so easily bribed
(With a white frock and a ring)
Punch the clock and in time you'll get pulled apart
If you're married on paper and not in your heart

But I won't be told that life with the one you love is sordid
Just because some authority says you can't afford it

It is the greatest thing?
It is the greatest thing?
It is the greatest thing?
It is the greatest thing?

Oh it's the greatest
Isn't this the greatest thing?
Isn't this the greatest thing?
The greatest thing

Since nights were long and days were olden
Woman to man has been beholden
(But since then times have been changing)
She sends back his tribute of a rose
And says this ring is better suited for the nose
(He's always fingering)

I punch the clock and it's okay
I know a girl who takes my breath away
And it's the greatest
Isn't this the greatest thing?
Isn't this the greatest thing?
The greatest thing
The greatest thing

Isn't this the greatest
Isn't this the greatest thing?
Isn't this the greatest thing?
The greatest thing
The greatest thing
The greatest thing
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The Greatest Thing Lyrics

Elvis Costello – The Greatest Thing Lyrics

Songwriters: COSTELLO, ELVIS
The Greatest Thing lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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