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Culture Notes: Rickie Lee Jones

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:35 PM (Eastern)

Rickie Lee Jones - Coolsville

I loved Rickie Lee Jones from the time I saw her on Saturday Night Live (where, in fact, she sang this song). As much as people associate the 1970's with excess--disco balls, parties and cocaine--there was a spare coolness to it as well. Or perhaps I'm just being sentimental, because I loved all of the female icons of that time...sensed a restless power and strength, behind the prevailing stereotypes. I mean when this record came out, I'm reasonably sure "ring-around-the-collar" was television's conception of female power and strength. lol

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5 comment(s)
January 16, 2008 2:34 AM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

Ahhh, Rickie. She's great. "Chuck E's in love" has one of the grooviest beats ever. :) I love her "Pop pop" cd too, where she sings jazz standards in her own way, accompanied by jazz musicians. I heard her live in 2001 - a great show. She's just as good live as "on tape".

January 16, 2008 12:30 PM, Blogger Dain said...

What a beautiful video. I'm also a fan of "Chuck E's in Love".

January 16, 2008 2:08 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

It's nice to see Rickie fans! I was afraid she'd gone into obscurity.

I had the first record, Rickie Lee Jones, I played it to death when I was a kid. One of my favorite songs was Danny's All-Star Joint, where she describes having thirty dollars in her pocket--her friend wanted to give her a free cup of coffee--and then some other guy comes into the restaurant and asks for money.

The conclusion: "If she offers it, take it...but don't give it away honey if he don't appreciate it." That was great.

January 16, 2008 2:14 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Ah here it is...

Cecil gives me coffee
And he won't never take my coin
I say, "I got thirty dollars in my pocket!
Whatchoo doin'? "

I holler, "Come on, Cecil, take a dollar!
Come on, Cecil, take a ten!
I've finally geared up into a whole lotta big ones
And you're actin' like I'm down-shiftin'"

The kid say, "I ain't got no dough, I just want some OJ"
And I said, "Don't look at me" (cuz he was lookin' my way)
Cecil wink upon him some juice and some green
And the kid walks over and puts the quarter in the pinball machine
And he says, "Come on, Cec, gimme a dollar
Come on Cecil gimme five
I'm in a halfway house on a one-way street
And I'm a quarter past left alive"

January 16, 2008 3:05 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...


Come on Cecil, take a dollar
Come on Cecil, take a tip
Do yourself a favor If she offers it - take it
But honey, don't give it away if he don't appreciate it


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