Do you like piña coladas?

Anna Eggers, Staff Writer

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Songs have had meaning since the very beginning of music’s creation. Emotion, words unsaid, words unsayable, any type of expression can be provided through the simple twang of a guitar or a well versed lyric. A very recognizable song to not only older generations, even ours, and most likely those of the future, is the song “Escape” by Rupert Holmes.

Otherwise known as “The Piña Colada Song”, it came out in 1979 right before the very memorable time called the 80’s. Very interestingly, this is the only song that has reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in two different decades. It was the last number one hit of 1979, and the second number one of 1980 (bested only by the equally loved “Please Don’t Go” by KC and the Sunshine Band).

The actual content of the song is commonly underrated when people talk about the song.

Everyone knows “if you like piña coladas” but surprisingly, the song represents a much deeper commentary on life for people in a relationship.

The first verses of the song tell of a man who is bored of his relationship with his wife and decides to seek out the personal columns of the paper and sent into a reply to a personal letter that had been published, which is equivalent to scrolling through twitter, seeing a cute profile, and sliding in their dm’s.

The characters writing back and forth both tell of adventurous activities, places, and an overall tempting escape from the boring home life that they had both been suffering in. From getting caught in the rain to yoga, a life that had surprise and intrigue made both of them willing to meet up at a bar and hope that the connection lasted beyond the ink on paper.

At the climax of the song when the narrator sings that “I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face” it’s revealed that the man who had originally been seen as this horrible man cheating on his wife searching for adventure had actually ended up cheating on his wife with his wife. It’s the craziest plot twist in American history, but there’s so much we can learn from it.

When we go searching for ourselves after we go through an identity crisis, whether it comes from a loss of life, a trait that you’ve never had before suddenly popping up, a traumatic event, or even just an odd couple of conversations with someone you thought you liked, you’re going to end up on your feet. Sure, you may not be as lucky as the man who ended up with his wife, their passion reignited, but you’ll survive.

Throughout our lives, we face challenges. We see pain, fear, anger, and every single step of the way we’re changing. But we change together. Humans ebb and flow together like a web that is connected so tightly that you would never be able to tell one from another. If you’re filled with dread, feel lost, or crave something you’ll never get or, in all honesty, shouldn’t crave- it’ll be okay. You’ll find your escape. And you’ll come back, better than ever.

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