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Copacabana - Barry Manilow

It was Barry Manilow's birthday last June 17 and I was browsing some of my friends' photos online and there was one picture of Barry Manilow from his recent concert in Las Vegas. I just can't help but blog about another Barry Manilow classic which is one of the favorites. And this is the one!

I particularly liked the song because of its upbeat music. I remember singing this song with the "multiplex tape" since videokes were soon to be invented. Remember playing a cassette tape on a "karaoke" player and when a song is finished, you have to push the reqind button and hope it would stop at the precise point where the song would begin. I'm sure everyone knows what I am talking about. All the hassles of pushing the play button and when one side is up, one would push eject, reverse the tape, insert it back to the panel then push play. And then of course, auto-reverse was invented but still, a maximum of 10 songs could only be played by the cassette player.

Although I used the multiplex tape and read the lyrics on a separate notebook, I was enticed by this song because as if I was watching it in movie. The lyrics of the song is so descriptive. It was colorful with the use of yellow, my all time favorite color. The action in the song was likewise vivid and it was complete story. Although I pitied "Lola" because of what happened.

Oh well, those are the memories. My aunt said we had this blue cassette player, and yeah, I recall that tape player now. So from Barry Manilow to my cassette tape to this song... there goes my story for the day!

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
But while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar
Across the crowded floor, he worked from 8 til 4
They were young and they had each other Who could ask for more?

At the Copa, Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana
At the Copa, Copacabana
Music and passion were always in fashion
At the Copa....they fell in love.

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, Copacabana
The hottest spot north of Havana
At the Copa, Copacabana
Music and passion were always in fashion
At the Copa....she lost her love.

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl,
But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show.
Now it's a disco, but not for Lola,
Still in the 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, Copacabana...


Copacabana (At The Copa) - Barry Manilow

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