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Album: St. Louis to LiverpoolReleased: 1964Charted:
This is about a teenage couple getting married and staying together. Many of Berry's songs are written from the perspective of young people, but this one even takes a dig at the older generation: "'C'est la vie,' say the old folks," Berry sings ("C'est la vie'" is French for "That's life").
This was one of the new batch of hits Berry produced after being released from prison in 1963 after serving 20 months for "transporting an underage female across state lines for immoral purposes." Berry had met a 14-year-old girl in Mexico who he brought back to St. Louis to work in his nightclub.
Berry invented a new word for the lyric:
The coolerator was crammed
with TV dinners and ginger ale
"Coolerator" means "refrigerator."
In 1977, Emmylou Harris
had a Top 10 Country hit with her version, which she renamed "(You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie."
This was featured in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. It was used in the scene where Uma Thurman and John Travolta dance to it in the twist contest at Jack Rabbit Slim's.