Chuck Berry - C'est la vie (You Never Can Tell) - Germany 1972
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Chuck Berry - C'est la vie (You Never Can Tell) - Germany 1972


Beat Club, Bremen, Germany 1972



"You Never Can Tell", also known as "C'est La Vie" or "Teenage Wedding", is a song written by Chuck Berry. It was composed in the early 1960s while Berry was in federal prison for violating the Mann Act. Released in 1964 on the album St. Louis to Liverpool and the follow-up single to Berry's final Top Ten hit of the 1960s: "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell" reached number 14, becoming Berry's final Top 40 hit until "My Ding-a-Ling", a number 1 in October 1972.


A 1977 Top Ten C&W hit for Emmylou Harris, the song has also been recorded or performed by Chely Wright, John Prine, New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Jerry Garcia Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Mavericks, and Bob Seger.







Lyrics


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


"C'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 comin' worked out well


"C'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


"C'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 '53

They drove it down to Orleans

To celebrate the anniversary

It was there that Pierre

Was married to the lovely mademoiselle


"C'est la vie", say the old folks

It goes to show you never can tell



Songwriters: Chuck Berry

You Never Can Tell lyrics © BMG Rights Management


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