party wife


What's a "party wife"

"Life for me was just one party and then another
I broke her heart so many times
Had to have my party wife
And then one night she said, "Sweetheart, the party's over"

Willie Nelson - The Party's Over
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The lyrics are not literal, and the ones that I have seen on the internet are not necessarily all the ones that Willie Nelson sings.

    As I understand it:

    The song is about a man who is about to leave his wife, and he likens his life with her to a party (or series of parties) at which they have been enjoying themselves, although he focusses on his added enjoyment because he is with her.

    He uses his own phrase, "party wife" to mean "partner when life has been good."