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The Pina Colada Song Lyrics (Escape)

The Pina Colada Song Lyrics (Escape) by Rupert Holmes

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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 sleeping, I read the paper in bed.
And in the personals column, there was this letter I read:

If you like Pina 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.
I’m the lady 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 Pina 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, then 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, “Oh, it’s you.”
And we laughed for a moment, and I said, “I never knew”..

“That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the
rain.
And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
You’re the love that I’ve looked for, come with me, and escape.”

If you like Pina 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.
You’re the love that I’ve looked for, come with me, and escape.”

Enjoy This Video of the Pina Colada Song Lyrics

Some Facts and Background to The Pina Colada Song Lyrics

“Escape”, also known as “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”, is a song written and recorded by American singer Rupert Holmes. It was released in September 1979 as the lead single from his album Partners in Crime. It was the last U.S. number one song of the 1970s.

The song speaks, in three verses and three choruses, of a man who is bored with his current relationship because it has become routine and he desires some variety. One night, he reads the personal advertisements and spots an ad that catches his attention: a woman who is seeking a man who, among other little things, must like piña coladas. Intrigued, he writes back and arranges to meet the woman “at a bar called O’Malley’s”, only to find upon the meeting that the woman is actually his wife. The song ends on an upbeat note, showing that the two lovers realized they have more in common than they’d suspected, and that they do not have to look any further than each other for what they seek in a relationship.

Recorded for 1979’s “Partners in Crime”, the song came from an unused track for which Rupert Holmes wrote temporary lyrics:

This version, “The Law of The Jungle”, was released as part of his 2005 Cast of Characters box set, and were inspired by a want-ad he read while idly scanning the personals one day. As Holmes put it, “I thought, what would happen to me if I answered this ad? I’d go and see if it was my own wife who was bored with me.” The title of the song originally was going to be “People Need Other People” which was written years earlier for Holmes’ own amusement.

The chorus originally started with “if you like Humphrey Bogart”, which Holmes changed at the last minute, replacing the actor with the name of the first exotic cocktail he could think of.

Holmes regards the song with a mixture of pride and chagrin: while it has made him wealthy and famous, as one of his friends described it, it is “the success that ruined his career”, drawing too much attention from his more serious musical works. He does not care for the drink; he once said on the Uncle Floyd Show that Piña Coladas taste like Kaopectate.

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