Part-Time Love

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"Part-Time Love"
Part-Time Love - Elton John.jpg
Single by Elton John
from the album A Single Man
B-side"I Cry at Night"
Released4 October 1978
RecordedJanuary-September 1978
GenrePop rock, disco
LabelMCA (U.S.)
Rocket (UK)
Songwriter(s)Elton John, Gary Osborne
Producer(s)Elton John, Clive Franks
Elton John singles chronology
"Part-Time Love"
"Song for Guy"
Alternative cover
International single sleeve
International single sleeve

"Part-Time Love" is a song written by Elton John with lyrics by Gary Osborne. It is the sixth track off his 1978 album, A Single Man. It is also the opening track of side two. It proved to be one of the most popular singles the pair wrote, along with 1982's "Blue Eyes" and the 1980 US million seller "Little Jeannie". It was banned in the Soviet release of the album along with another song, "Big Dipper". The single reached #15 in the UK and peaked just outside the Top 20 in the U.S. at #21.

Lyrical meaning[edit]

In the 29 September 1979 edition of the Ann Landers advice column, one writer going by the title "Want A Better Environment For Our Youth" alleged that these lyrics of this song dealt with adultery: "You've been seen running around...Don't tell me what to do when you've been doing it too."[1]

The song appeared on his compilation The Very Best of Elton John in 1990. While the lyrics on the A-side were written by Gary Osborne, those on the B-side, "I Cry at Night", were written by Bernie Taupin. It is one of the few singles John released with different lyricists on each side.

Chart performance[edit]



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