Covering Chuck Berry



It's an ancient and honorable tradition to cover Chuck Berry, just ask the Beatles and the Stones. Here's Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance performing "You Never Can Tell." Coincidentally (or cosmically) I was watching covers of this song for quite a while Friday evening, the day before Mr. Berry passed. To contribute this much good feeling to the world is no small thing. And how good are these lyrics? As good as Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin. May the covers continue forever.

It was a teenage wedding, and the old folks wished them well
You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
And now the young monsieur and madame have rung the chapel bell,
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They furnished off an apartment with a two room Roebuck sale
The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale,
But when Pierre found work, the little money comin' worked out well
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They had a hi-fi phono, boy, did they let it blast
Seven hundred little records, all rock and rhythm and jazz
But when the sun went down, the rapid tempo of the music fell
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They bought a souped-up jitney, 'twas a cherry red '53,
They drove it down to Orleans to celebrate the anniversary
It was there that Pierre was married to the lovely mademoiselle
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell


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