from RICKIE LEE JONES (1979)

Chuck E's in love

  • written by Rickie Lee Jones

    How come he don't come and p.l.p. with me
    Down at the meter no more?
    How come he turn off the TV
    And he hang that sign on the door?
    We call and we call "How come?" we say
    What could make a boy behave this way?

    He learn all of the lines, and every time he
    don't stutter when he talk
    And it's true! It's true! He sure is acquired a
    cool and inspired sorta jazz when he walk
    Where's his jacket and his old blue jeans?
    If this ain't healthy is it some kinda clean?

    I think that Chuck E's in love
    Chuck E's in love

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

    I'll tell you what I saw him
    He was sittin' behind us down at the Pantages
    And whatever it is that he's got up his sleeve
    I hope it isn't contagious
    What's her name? Is that her there?
    Christ, I think he's even combed his hair!

    Is that her? What's her name?
    Oh, it's never going to be same.
    But that's not her
    I know what's wrong--
    Chuck E's in love with the little girl who's singing this song

    Chuck E's in love
    Chuck E's in love with me.

    Nominated for Best New Song, Grammy® 1980.

length: 3:29 minutes
vocals: Rickie Lee Jones
bass: Rob Wasserman

Chuck E's in Love, playing in Saturday Night Live, 7 April 1979. (Spanish subtitles).
chuck e and rickie
This is a photograph of Rickie and Chuck E. Weiss at Duke's in Hollywood (c. 1979).