Narrative songs: Escape (The Piña Colada Song)

I could promise you I’d start posting some narrative songs that aren’t totally corny, but we both know that would be just silly.

Little did you know (possibly), the “Piña Colada Song” is actually a song that tells a story with a three-verse plot.

I was tired of my lady,
we’d been together too long.
Like a worn-out recording
of a favorite song.
So while she lay there sleepin’,
I read the paper in bed,
and in the personal columns,
there was this letter I read:

“If you like piña coladas
and getting caught in the rain.
If you’re not into yoga,
if you have half a brain.
If you like making love at midnight
in the dunes of the cape,
then I’m the love that you’ve looked for,
write to me and escape.”

I didn’t think about my lady.
I know that sounds kind of mean.
But me and my old lady
had fallen into the same, old dull routine.
So I wrote to the paper,
took out a personal ad.
And though I’m nobody’s poet,
I thought it wasn’t half bad:

“Yes I like piña coladas
and getting caught in the rain.
I’m not much into health food,
I am into champagne.
I’ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon
and cut through all this red tape
at a bar called O’Malley’s,
where we’ll plan our escape.”

So I waited with high hopes,
and she walked in the place.
I knew her smile in an instant,
I knew the curve of her face.
It was my own lovely lady,
and she said, “Aw, it’s you.”
Then we laughed for a moment,
and I said, “I never knew…

“That you like piña coladas
and getting caught in the rain
and the feel of the ocean
and the taste of champagne.
If you’d like making love at midnight
in the dunes on the cape,
you’re the lady I’ve looked for,
come with me and escape.”

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