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Escape The Pina Colada Song
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Escape The Pina Colada Song

Rupert Holmes
Album:
Partners In Crime

Song meaning of Escape The Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes


When "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" was released in 1979, its catchy melody and realistic plot instantly captivated listeners. The song's central narrative revolves around a couple who are bored with their relationship and stuck in a rut. They each answer separately to personal advertisements looking for new love relationships, feeling restless.


The couple learns, in a strange turn of events, that they were both replying to the other's advertisement. As a result of realising that they have similar interests and goals, they develop a greater sense of admiration for one another. They reconnect over their shared love of piña coladas, get trapped in the rain, and have midnight makeout, all while rediscovering the spark that first brought them together.


"If you like Humphrey Bogart" was the opening line of the chorus, but Holmes changed it at the last minute by substituting the name of the first exotic cocktail that fit the song instead of the actor.


Song lyrics of Escape The Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes


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, "oh, it's you"

Then we laughed for a moment and I said, "I never knew"

 

That you like piña coladas and gettin' 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 on the cape

You're the lady I've looked for, come with me and escape

 

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 on the cape

Then I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me and escape

 

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

Release Date

1979

Songwriter/s

Rupert Holmes

Producer/s

Rupert Holmes, Jim Boyer

Label/s

Infinity

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