If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain

Remember that 1979 hit, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”? Sure you do…



Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
by Rupert Holmes

I was tired of my lady, we’d been together too long.
Like a worn-out recording, of a favorite song.
So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed.
And in the personals column, there was this letter I read:

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
I’m the lady you’ve looked for, write to me, and escape.

I didn’t think about my lady, I know that sounds kind of mean.
But me and my old lady, had fallen into the same old dull routine.
So I wrote to the paper, took out a personal ad.
And though I’m nobody’s poet, I thought it wasn’t half-bad.

Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne.
I’ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tape.
At a bar called O’Malley’s, where we’ll plan our escape.

So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place.
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face.
It was my own lovely lady, and she said, “Oh, it’s you.”
And we laughed for a moment, and I said, I never knew…

That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
You’re the love that I’ve looked for, come with me, and escape.

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
You’re the love that I’ve looked for, come with me, and escape


Okay, so flash forward almost thirty years to the present.

A married couple has taken the premise a step further, each discovering a new love via a chat room. What they don’t realize is, they’re chatting with each other.

First of all, when they met on this blind date and discovered their dilemma, she felt betrayed. He was cheating on her! Umm, yeah, but she was pursuing an adulterous relationship, too! This is a classic case of pointing out the speck in your friend’s eye, but not being able to see the log in your own.

His quote is the most telling: “I still find it hard to believe that Sweetie, who wrote such wonderful things, is actually the same woman I married and who has not said a nice word to me for years.” Well of course she wrote such wonderful things! Do you really think she’d act the same as she did to you? I’m reminded of that New Yorker cartoon, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”

Maybe he chatted with her from his job while she was home. They might have frequented various Internet cafes, too. Better yet, perhaps they, like Howie and me, each own a personal laptop and sat in the same house, unwittingly chatting each other up.

However it happened, it’ sad! Wouldn’t it be nice if it ended up like the song, if they both realized their error and forged a new relationship together? How sad that they were seeking romance outside their marriage in the first place…And that, in finding each other, discovered they felt betrayed. What a mixed-up world.

3 thoughts on “If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain

  1. You know I had never read the words to this song!! I always knew the part, “If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain” .. I knew some other words here and there, but never enough to put together what they were actually talking about. I normally just mumble through it, but thought it was about a guy taking a vacation! Anyway, this is a very interesting story and it ties in perfectly with that song. Maybe they should have been listening to that!

  2. I never heard the song. I think it is sad . Both the song and the story show how if we don’t work at the relationship we are in it slowly goes down hill.

  3. I always did love the humor in that song. I’m surprised it was popular in 1979–I thought it was earlier! Also, the cartoon is hilarious, and so true. As far as the story, nothing surprises me anymore.
    Aiyana

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