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Chuck Berry — You Never Can Tell
Album: St. Lous to Liverpool
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Released: 1964
Length: 2:37
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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 2-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
700 little records, all rock, 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, was a cherry red '53
And drove it down to Orleans to celebrate their anniversary
It was there where Pierre was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle
"C'est la vie," say the old folks, "it goes to show you never can tell"

They had 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"
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Hmmn .
I thought this song was released in 1964 , not 1956 ?
Can anybody clarify ?
I don't understand why some of the greatest R & R artists think this song is..........I don't know, "classic".
It just seems so forgettable, nothing of a song.
Not good, not bad but so, soso.

Songs are like fashion & there is no accounting for taste.
Damn, Bill!! ELO to Mr. Berry hear...went from serious air cello to twisting like Uma!
TV dinners Gone

c'est la vie
Most awesome triple play - brilliant.
Hall of The Mountain King, Into Roll Over Beethoven in this.
Totally rocking out here :D
 lophrequa wrote:
did he say coolerator?
 
Sounds like a George Bush-ism!
 darrio wrote:
I like it! Thought of Pulp Fiction immediately of course.

 
I would think most people knew this song for quite a while before "Pulp Fiction" was even dreamed of, but maybe not.
God-like from one of the Gods of Rock and Roll.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
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 iTuner wrote:
It's a shame that RP has come to playing songs like this. It's listed under alternative in iTunes last I checked.
 
Last time I checked it was under Ecelctic. And I hope RP continues to play songs like this. It's why most people listen.
 iTuner wrote:
It's a shame that RP has come to playing songs like this. It's listed under alternative in iTunes last I checked.
 
Chuck Berry is always a good alternative.
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Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell, Live (2007)
13/11/2007 - Basel, AVO Session.




Emmylou Harris - c'est la Vie, you never can tell, Live (1977)
Emmylou Harris, c'est la vie.
The Hot Band: Albert Lee, Emory Gordy, John Ware, Glen D Hardin, Rodney Crowell, Hank Devito.
From 1977 Old Grey Whistle Test

 "This is the best version I've seen. Intro of band members at the end is nice. "     bruiseraa 

"Emmylou looks like she's ready to burst out laughing at someone or something throughout the performance. I wonder what is so humorous?  "     dropdowndog 

"This great song reached #6 on the Billboard Country chart in 1977. I used to have the 45 RPM! "   rin3guy 

 





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"As long as Chuck Berry is around, everything is as it should be" - Bob Dylan

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Chuck Berry Falls Ill During Show in Chicago

Sunday, January 02, 2011

84-year-old Chuck Berry became ill during a performance on Saturday night at the Congress Theater in Chicago, IL, slumping over the keyboard he was playing about an hour into the show.  Those in attendance had side that his performance to that point had been erratic, having trouble keeping his guitar in tune and playing with a disjointed rhythm.

After keeping his head on the keyboard for a couple of minutes, three men led him off stage to an awaiting ambulance. The crew checked the singer out but, twenty minutes later, he signed a waiver and went back into the auditorium after he heard the crowd still clapping.  Reports say that he was standing fine and was alert but, after trying to play the guitar, said he was too weak to go on, did a couple of steps of his duck walk and left the stage.

Berry had played at B.B. King's club in New York City on New Year's Eve before flying to Chicago.
in https://www.vintagevinylnews.com/




 iTuner wrote:
It's a shame that RP has come to playing songs like this.
What kind of song would that be? Songs by the folks who invented Rock and Roll? Gimme more, more, more.

It's a shame that RP has come to playing songs like this. It's listed under alternative in iTunes last I checked.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Emmylou Harris - "You Never Can Tell" Live (1978):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGJHhFYI9ww

"Albert "Mr. Telecaster" Lee on lead guitar."


 
How fun!  Would have been great to see Mr. Berry up there, but Emmylou did a bang-up job, as did her backup band.  Dang, Chuck Berry is still a pioneer!  Love this song...


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Chuck Berry, need I say more.




Emmylou Harris - "You Never Can Tell" Live (1978)
"The most beautiful lady in country-rock history (do you dare to disagree?), live in 1978 or something. Notice Albert "Mr. Telecaster" Lee on lead guitar.."

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 slow you never can tell

They furnished off an apartment
With a two room Roebuck sale
The coolerator was crammed
With T.V. dimmers 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 rockin' 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

(Instrumental)

They bought a souped-up jitney
T'was a cherry-red fifty nine
They drove it down to New Orleans
To celebrate their anniversary
It was there that Pierre
Was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle
"C'est la vie", say the old folks
It goes to show you never can tell

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 slow you never can tell

"C'est la vie", say the old folks
It goes to slow you never can tell
"C'est la vie", say the old folks
It goes to slow you never can tell



Last man standing? Gonna be 84 this year. Jerry Lee? Think he's second generation to Chuck.

Isn't the title really "C'est La Vie"?  I always called it that.
Yeah....bustin' out the 10 for this one.  Deserves it.  Might be one of the best songs ever by anybody.
10.
Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers. Quite simply, without him there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, nor a myriad others. There would be no standard "Chuck Berry guitar intro," the instrument's clarion call to get the joint rockin' in any setting. The clippety-clop rhythms of rockabilly would not have been mainstreamed into the now standard 4/4 rock & roll beat. There would be no obsessive wordplay by modern-day tunesmiths; in fact, the whole history (and artistic level) of rock & roll songwriting would have been much poorer without him. Like Brian Wilson said, he wrote "all of the great songs and came up with all the rock & roll beats." Those who do not claim him as a seminal influence or profess a liking for his music and showmanship show their ignorance of rock's development as well as his place as the music's first great creator. Elvis may have fueled rock & roll's imagery, but Chuck Berry was its heartbeat and original mindset.

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I like it! Thought of Pulp Fiction immediately of course.

Very nice!!
Always reminds me of this:


 

 Now I wanna dance, I wanna win. I want that trophy, so dance good.


Just like some of the previous posters. Nice addition to the playlist that I don't recall hearing here before. 

Love this song!  And so does Nick Lowe, who would later morph the verse melody into "I Knew The Bride".
 marcucho wrote:
  I was just going to post this!


 marcucho wrote:

 

Most excellent, daddio


And now I'm dancing,,,,{#Dancingbanana_2}
I like my juice with lots of Pulp!
did he say coolerator?
Makes me think of that movie....


Chuck Berry - "You Never Can Tell" Live (2007)


Jerry Garcia Band with Bruce Hornsby - "You Never Can Tell" Live (1991)


Jerry Band with Bruce Hornsby covering Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" form the Coliseum in Hampton, VA.

 "Always loved seing JGB do this song. It's great to dance to :-)  "

"Two months after this show I had the wonderful experience of diving with Jerry in Kona Hawaii! 5 hours on the boat, and he even fished my hat out of the ocean after it blew of my head!  "      suckemupsouthpoint