Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

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The 1980s hit song “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” is an enduring classic that has been covered by a variety of artists and featured in many films and TV shows. Written by Rupert Holmes and first released in 1979, the song tells the story of a couple who are bored with their respective relationships, and who find each other through a personal ad. The song quickly became a hit and has since been covered by a variety of artists, including Jimmy Buffett and Barry Manilow.

The song begins with the protagonist, who is in a relationship with someone he’s no longer excited about. He’s looking for a way out and finds a personal ad in the newspaper that speaks to him. The ad reads: “If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…” The protagonist is intrigued and decides to respond. He meets the person from the ad and discovers that she is his current partner. The couple then realizes that they have been in a failing relationship for some time, and decide to move on.

The chorus of the song is the key moment, where the couple makes a decision to “escape (the Pina Colada song)” and move on. The lyrics of the chorus capture the hope of a new relationship and the freedom of leaving the old one behind: “If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape, I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me and escape.”

The song has become an anthem for those looking to break free from a stagnant relationship, and its lyrics have been interpreted in a variety of ways. Some have argued that the song is a celebration of the freedom of being single, while others have seen it as a cautionary tale of the dangers of relying too much on personal ads for romantic connections. The song has also been seen as a representation of the changes in relationships during the 1980s, when divorce rates increased and more people began to explore alternative forms of romance.

The song has become a pop culture phenomenon, appearing in movies and television shows such as “The Office”, “Saturday Night Live”, and “Napoleon Dynamite”. It has also been covered by a variety of artists, including Jimmy Buffett and Barry Manilow. The song is a reminder of the power of music to capture the complexities of human relationships, and it continues to be an inspiration for those looking for a way out of a stale relationship either that or just a great song to sing out loud when drunk.

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