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Mary Margret’s been smoking cigarettes
Driving too fast in a red Corvette
Jerry Jeff is behind the wheel
Trying no to think about his wife Camille

Mary’s in town on a business trip
She left back home her husband Cliff
Jerry’s trying to hide his wedding ring
Thinking to himself this is a one time thing

Met in the hotel lobby bar
Now ain’t that the way this kind of thing starts
And Mary rarely takes a drink
But she said “naw, what the hell, this is a one time thing”

Half past one she invited him in
Half past two they were doing it again
Quarter to four room 303
A sad display of adultery

They slept ’til noon then ordered some eggs
Jerry paid the bill when the bellhop came
Thinking to himself that he didn’t really care
What bad can come from a secret love affair

“Well, let’s go take a ride,” said Jerry Jeff
“I got a Corvette that’s parked out back”
Mary started to feel bad about this little fling
But she said, “Ah, what the hell, it’s just a one time thing”

Jerry dropped the top on that Corvette
About the time he started to feel regrets
Mary said, “Now let’s make a little deal
I won’t tell Cliff if you won’t tell Camille”

“I agree, I agree, your secret’s safe with me, Mary
I have to admit I’ve been feeling kinda of guilty”
With every year there’s a brand new spring
But this is not like that this is a one time thing

They made love again in the room that night
But they must have sobered up ‘cause it just didn’t feel right
When the second morning came they parted ways
Good-bye, Good luck and a cold handshake

Jerry went home and his clothes were all over the lawn
Camille had been following him while he was gone
She said, “That girl you were with, she looked like a horse”
And, “I hope it was worth it because we’re getting divorced”

Mary’s fate was late, but it came
She forgot about the bill that was signed in Jerrys name
When Cliff called the hotel asking about credit fraud
Imagine his surprise with the answer he got

It’s sad, I know, but it happens all the time
There’s cheating on the husbands that are cheating on their wives
If you listened to the words that I had to sing
You know there’s no going back from a one time thing

A one time thing
A one time thing


from Middle Child (B​-​Sides), released July 26, 2020
Mixed by Shane Hochstetler
Mastered by Carl Saff


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Matthew Davies Wisconsin

Songwriter, singer, swimmer and father of four, Matthew Davies is a busy man. For the past decade he’s been fronting Milwaukee based band of ringers, Thriftones, as well as releasing solo work and performing regularly in multiple capacities.

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