Copacabana (At The Copa)

Album: Even Now (1978)
Charted: 22 8
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  • Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
    With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
    She would merengue and do the cha-cha
    And while she tried to be a star
    Tony always tended bar
    Across the crowded floor, they worked from eight til four
    They were young and they had each other
    Who could ask for more?

    At the copa (co) Copacabana (Copacabana)
    The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
    At the copa (co) Copacabana
    Music and passion were always the fashion
    At the copa they fell in love

    Copa, Copacabana
    His name was Rico
    He wore a diamond
    He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancing there
    And when she finished,he called her over
    But Rico went a bit to far
    Tony sailed across the bar
    And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two
    There was blood and a single gun shot
    But just who shot who?

    At the copa (co) Copacabana (Copacabana)
    The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
    At the copa (co) Copacabana
    Music and passion were always the fashion
    At the copa, she lost her love
    (Copa, Copacabana)
    (Copa, Copacabana)

    (Copa, Copacabana)
    (Copa, Copacabana)like in Havana
    (Copa, banana)
    Music and passion were always in fashion

    Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl
    But that was thirty years ago, when they used to have a show
    Now it's a disco, but not for Lola
    Still in dress she used to wear
    Faded feathers in her hair
    She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind
    She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
    Now she's lost her mind

    At the copa (co) Copacabana (Copacabana)
    The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
    At the copa (co) Copacabana
    Music and passion were always in fashion
    At the copa don't fall in love

    (Copa, Copacabana) don't fall in love

    (Copa, Copacabana)

Comments: 25

  • Fred from Barnsleythere is NOTHING north of Havana!
  • Dmarks2061 from Texas Hill CountryIt took years to figure who shot who at the Copa Cabana.
    A brawl starts. A handgun appears. It's kicked across the floor towards Lola. She picks the gun up and aims at Rico. She pulls the trigger just as Tony lunges for Rico.
    She kills her own lover, which is why she "lost her mind"!
  • Jeff from Columbus, GaThis was not Barry's first or only Grammy win; he scored his first Grammy in 1977 for Song Of The Year for the 1976 smash hit "I Write The Songs." [editor's note: "I Write The Songs" did win that award, but the trophy went to the man who wrote it, Bruce Johnston, since it's a composition category]
  • Claude from Blandon, PaI never knew this was recorded as a "novelty" song. But I guess that would explain why the background singers sing "have a bananaaaa" at one point in the song.
  • M from New Mexico, Nmthis song makes my parakeet come unglued. My parakeet is a barry manilow fanatic. I kid you not when you mention barry manilow he goes nuts. and when you play a song of barry's watch out. in fact one time the tv was on and i left to get a drink the parakeet was quiet all of a sudden he comes unglued he starts screaming at the top of his lungs i come running back into the room to find the tv playing a commercial for BARRY MANILOW CHRISTMAS ALBUM!
  • Zohan from Cambridge, MaOkay Harold, no one really wants to be a Weird Al fan, therefore there can be no wannabe Weird Al fans. The fact that you have his whole discography is not something that one should advertise. By the way Matthew from Marquette already enlightened Pete so there was no need for your post. Matthew, I have been to Marquette, amazing little town. Family and I went there to hike Pictured Rocks.
  • Harold from University Park, Pa@ Pete

    Great, another wannabe Weird Al fan. What makes you think "His name was Yoda" (actually titled 'Star Wars Cantina') was done by Weird Al? And the name's "Yankovic" not "Yankovich." You p2p downloaders take way too much for granted, assuming every tag on every song you illegally download is correct. I remember when I was that naive. It sickens me.

    Oh, and BTW, I have Al's ENTIRE discography, so don't even try me.

    **educating the internet about parodies not done by Weird Al, one ignorant person at a time**
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiMy favorite Barry Manilow song.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaI'm kind of surprised that "Bandstand Boogie" is not included among Barry's list of hits.
    That is such a great tune!!
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaI'm not really a disco man...but a very cool record!
  • Sidney from Johnson City, NyAs of this month, the 30th anniversary of the time the single debuted on the American pop charts, the lyric "But that was 30 years ago" is now especially ironic. Of course, he was singing about approximately 30 years BEFORE 1978, circa 1948.
  • Deo from Annandale, VaThe words "Copa" and "Cabana" mean Glass house in Spanish.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesWhen I first heard this I took it for a knockoff or at least a synthesis of Andre Previn's song "That's How It Went, All Right", which was a 1960 hit for Bobby Darin. He sang it in an otherwise forgettable Cantinflas movie. It's likely that Manilow had completely forgotten hearing Previn's song -- possibly why he found himself writing it so fast.
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhThose of us who watched TV from the early 1950's were amused by this song because there were constant references to "the Copa" in the various sitcoms of the day. That's because many of these were shows that purported to depict domestic lives of real-life, retired entertainers at home: Burns and Allen were a retired vaudeville couple, Ricky Ricardo, and Ozzie Nelson were bandleaders, Jack Benny and Danny Thomas were retired or semi-retired stage comedians. Someone was always going out to catch an act at the Copa.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, Njmy guilty pleasure. it so much fun
  • Jennifer from Los Angeles, CaCopacobana is on my "secret shame" list of tacky (or in this case, campy) songs that I rather like. It gets points with me because, while it tells a sad story, it never takes itself too seriously. Plus it's catchy. The line about long-gone days: "but that was 30 years ago/when they used to have a show" is ironic now, as the disco days are just as long gone as Lola's showgirl days.
  • Ezra from Rio, Txthere was a movie based on this song and Manilow had a main part
  • Ezra from Rio, TxThere was a TV movie based on this song with Manilow as one main character
  • Kelly from Chandler, AzMy uncle is actually Jack Feldman who co-wrote this song with Barry and Bruce.

    I know when this was written they all thought it was pointless because it's a story song about murder and jealousy. They loved it but thought it would never be well recieved or taken seriously. It obviously was well recieved...but it's iritating how few people even pay attention to the story being told. It's amazing.
  • Elson from Los Angeles, CaI taught a songwriting class recently, and played this to my students to show how you can tell a real story in a song's lyrics. I don't like Manilow's sappy stuff ("Even Now" makes me puke) but "Copacabana" is one of the finest songs ever written, IMO. Telling a sequential story lyrically in a song is a lost art nowadays, unfortunately.
  • Craig from Columbia, PaA few guys I work with tease me and say "Lola, she was a show girl" if they hear this song playing because they know my wife's name is Lola. Then they will say it 20 times throughout the day. It does not bother me because I just go home and tease my wife and call her Tasty. Now I'm hoping my wife sings the song to me in the bedroom when I get home on July 29th 2005. I am overseas for a one year deployment.
  • Matthew from Marquette, MiThe Star Wars parody version was not done by Weird Al Yankovich, as verified by his personal website. The version was actually done by a man by the name of Mark Jonathan Davis. His website
  • Pete from Sydney, AustraliaThe parody version was done by Weird Al Yankovich... "His name was Yoda, he was a muppet.." Brilliant!
  • Adele from Victoria, CanadaRachel sang this at a wedding in an early episode of Friends.
  • Steven from New York City, Ny"Copacabana" was said by Barry to have been a "novelty" or "throwaway" song, but those songs usually don't lead off an album by being the first song on it, as "Copa" is, so obviously someone in charge somewhere figured on "Copa" being a single and a hit before the "Even Now" album was released.
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