Chuck Berry - YOU NEVER CAN TELL

First performance: 3/06/1974


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 8 times :   
 
 
1979-06-03 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (Marc Brickman wedding reception)
Wedding of Marc Brickman to June Rudley, Bruce's lighting director and travel agent respectively. They played for three hours, a mixture of classic covers and Springsteen originals.
 
1989-06-02 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Killer Joe)
Played at the Stone Pony with Max Weinberg's group Killer Joe, plus Roy Bittan, Patti Scialfa, and The Miami Horns.
 
2007-06-28 - FLORENTINE GARDENS, RIVER VALE, NJ (wedding reception)
Wedding reception for friends of Bruce and Patti . Bruce, on guitar and vocals, joins the wedding band (Jeff Lubin Band) on a rollicking rendition of Chuck Berry’s "You Never Can Tell 
 
"You Never Can Tell" is played by sign request.  
 
played by sign request. 
 
played by sign request. Famous proshot was made of this performance
 
 

Songinfo

"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. ( 1964 ). The melody was influenced by Mitchell Torok's 1953 hit "Caribbean".  
The tune was also made popular in the 1994 film "Pulp Fiction."
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

When Chuck Berry died Bruce tweeted :

"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."
Springsteen and Berry played together on at least two occasions. As back up at the University of Maryland in 1973. Springsteen asked what songs they were going to do. Berry said : " we're going to do some Chuck Berry songs." More than 20 years later, Springsteen again played backup for Berry, at a concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, celebrating the opening of the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
 
 

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 2-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
700 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, was a cherry red '53
And drove it down to Orleans to celebrate their anniversary
It was there where Pierre was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle
"C'est la vie," say the old folks, "it goes to show you never can tell"

They had 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"