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Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)

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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU NEVER CAN TELL (Chuck Berry)
From: oombanjo
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 04:25 PM

I hope this is how you do this???


Capo 4 in G (G/D) or (C/D)
 G
It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well.
D
You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle

And now the young monsieur and madame have rung the chapel bell.
G
"'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 coming worked out well.
"'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, rhythm, and jazz.
But when the sun went down, the rapid tempo of the music fell.
"'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 fifty-nine.
They drove it down to New Orleans to celebrate their anniversary.
It was there that Pierre was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle.
"'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.
"'est la vie," say the old folks. "It goes to show you never can tell."
"'est la vie," say the old folks. "It goes to show you never can tell."
"'est la vie," say the old folks. "It goes to show you never can tell."


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Subject: C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell) - Chuck Berry
From: Genie
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 04:53 PM

Thanks for posting those, oombanjo.

I have a tape of Emmylou Harris doing this song, but I think Chuck Berry wrote it, didn't he?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: you never can tell
From: oombanjo
Date: 18 Jun 08 - 02:14 PM

yup it was Chuck. Emmylou did it in B flat and F


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: you never can tell
From: irishenglish
Date: 18 Jun 08 - 02:16 PM

Bob Seger does a great version of this as well! Except I thought it was officially called C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 08:52 AM

Here is the description given by Songwriters Hall of Fame:

YOU NEVER CAN TELL
Writer: Chuck Berry
Publisher: Arc Music Corp.
Variation: C'Est La Vie
Variation: Auf Diese Show Fal Ic


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 10:18 AM

Thanks, oombanjo, for those lyrics and chords.

A small but kind of important correction to the lyrics posted above. The French phrase is "'est la vie," not "Cest la vie." It's a contraction of "a est" ("It" or "That" and "is").


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 10:25 AM

Very popular in lots sinarounds & seshes, great song!

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=fxOElxPD5bM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: GUEST,Kenny B Sans Kuki
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 01:49 PM

Thanks Oombanjo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: Acorn4
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 05:18 PM

Nick Lowe wrote a very good song called "I knew the bride" which is a dead ringer for the Chuck Berry classic.

I Knew the Bride -Rockpile

Great song but perhaps a bit lucky not to be sued!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: Acorn4
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 05:20 PM

....or is it called being eclectic?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: sian, west wales
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 05:58 PM

You never can tell
when you go to sit
where the man in the balconey's
gonna spit.

Well - that's the way my mum tells it.

sian
bringing the tone right down


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: Betsy
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 08:43 PM

Long live Chuck,
IMHO the biggest ( and best ) influence on popular music in Britain - the Beatles loved him and his music
Cheers Betsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 22 Jun 08 - 07:30 AM

Does anyone know what inspired the song . It sounds like Chuck Berry knew the Pierre and the mademoiselle in question


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Subject: Audio C'est La Vie-You Never Can Tell -Chuck Berry
From: Genie
Date: 22 Jun 08 - 12:04 PM

Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell (video from Pulp Fiction)
Torvill and Dean montage to Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell
Emmylou Harris and Nash Ramblers - C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell) - live
Emmylou Harris - You Never Can Tell (recording) w montage
Jerry Garcia Band - You Never Can Tell (live)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Jun 08 - 12:38 PM

I've always liked that one. It's written in the third person, which could help to make it a folk song in time. As a cheerful, optimistic song, it's always been one of my favourites. To my mind Chuck Berry was the wittiest and most articulate of all of that first wave of R&R songwriters.


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