Chuck E.'s In Love

Album: Rickie Lee Jones (1979)
Charted: 18 4
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  • How come he don't come and p.i.p. with me
    Down at the meter no more?
    And how come he turn off the T.V.
    And he hang that sign on the door?
    Well we call and we call
    "How come?" we say
    Hey what could make a boy behave this way?
    He learned all of the lines now
    And every time he don't a-stutter when he talks
    And it's true! It's true!
    He sure has acquired this kind of cool and inspired sorta jazz when he walk
    Where's his jacket and his old blue jeans?
    If this ain't healthy, it is some kinda clean?

    That means Chuck E.'s in love
    Chuck E.'s in love
    Chuck E.'s in love
    Chuck E.'s in

    I don't believe what you're saying to me
    This it something I got to see
    Is he here?
    I look in the poolhall
    Well is he here?
    I look in the drugstore
    Is he here?
    No, he don't come here no more

    I tell you what, I saw him
    He was sittin' behind us down at the Pantages
    And whatever is that he's got up his sleeve
    I hope it isn't contagious
    What's her name? Is that her there?
    Oh Christ, I think he's even combed his hair
    Is that her? What's her name?
    Oh, its never gonna be the same
    That's not her
    I know that's wrong
    'Cause Chuck E.'s in love with the little girl singing this song
    Don't you know Chuck E.'s in love
    Chuck E.'s in love
    Chuck E.'s in, Chuck E.'s in love with me

Comments: 12

  • Window Geek from Massachusetts P. L. P. stands for Play (a) Little Pinball, as in, “Play a Little Pinball with me”
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 7th 1979, Rickie Lee Jones performed "Chuck E's In Love" on the NBC-TV program 'Saturday Night Live'...
    Fifteen days later on April 22nd, 1979 at position #65 {See third post below}.
  • Donna from Ft. Lauderdale, FlA catchy quirky tune. For more fun, check out Rickie Lee Jones and Dr. John's cover of "Makin' Whoopee" and try not to smile!
  • Stewart from Los Angeles, Ca"P.I.P." was short for slang " put ( or place ) in park" when couples dating would park in a remote area make out in the back seat of a car.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 22nd 1979, "Chuck E's In Love" by Rickie Lee Jones entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #65; and on July 1st it peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    Was track one on her debut album, "Rickie Lee Jones", the album reached #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart and #1 on the Australian RPM Top Albums chart...
    One other track from the album made the Top 100, "Young Blood", it peaked at #40...
    Ms. Jones will celebrate her 60th birthday this coming November 8th, 2014.
  • Leta from Wabasha, MnMary O., this song is a treasure. It's eccentrically written - not poorly written.
  • Mary O. from Omaha, NeThe music and Rickie's vocal range are good. Catchy little tune, that I've always like to sing along to, but I've always wondered if she was on drugs when she performed this song on SNL in the 70's... or even the original recording. The song is poorly written and is hard to follow.
  • Jim from Boston, MaChuck E. Weiss was introduced to Rickie Lee by her then-boyfriend Tom Waits. One night Chuck called Waits' house from Denver, to tell him about his new girlfriend he'd found there. Waits hung up and told RLJ "Chuck E's in love." And that was the song.

    Rickie Lee Jones and Tom Waits, together. The coolest (as in cool cats) couple in history.
  • Steve from Bristol, United KingdomThe 'p.l.p.' in the opening line is a Public Leaning Post, i.e. a friend's shoulder to lean on to pour out your troubles.
  • Nahum from Jerusalem, IsraelHey, does anyone know what "p.I.p" in the opening line stands for? I couldn't find a reasonable acronym for this.
  • Steve from Hollywood, FlThis is the best song ever! Even after all these years, I still feel the emotion I felt the first time I heard it.
  • Ron from Pittsburgh, Pa"Chuck E." is in reference to Chuck E. Weiss, a musician who has played the local LA, CA music scene for many years. I had heard this after moving to LA in the mid eighties and was confirmed in an interview with Rikki Lee.
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