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D18
02-19-2001, 01:15 PM
I've been curious about this since I first heard the song. What the hell does "p.l.p" mean in the opening of Chuck E.'s in Love? As in:

"How come he don't come p.l.p. with me / Down at the meter no more?"

I know I'm not mishearing it, because that's what it is in the published lyrics. And when Chuck E. used to p.l.p with RLJ, why did they need a meter? The mind boggles.

I've already rejected "proteolipid protein" and "People's Liberation Party" because neither can be verbs.

Thanks.

D18

Rysdad
02-19-2001, 01:20 PM
Originally posted by D18
"How come he don't come p.l.p. with me / Down at the meter no more?"

I don't know what PLP is, but I think the next line is "down at the Lido no more." The Lido being a theater or dance hall or something like that.

Lotta help I am.

Rysdad
02-19-2001, 01:26 PM
Nope. I was wrong. I just looked at the lyrics, and it does say "meter."

Doesn't make sense, though.

Rysdad
02-19-2001, 01:36 PM
the lyrics (http://lenny.dyadel.net/rickie.htm#a)

RealityChuck
02-19-2001, 01:37 PM
When I was a teen, "PLP" was a rather silly little trick you'd play on someone. e.g.,

"What to play PLP?"
"What's PLP"
"Public Leaning Post" and they'd try to lean against you.

I'd guess Rickey was refering to something like that. The "meter" is probably a parking meter and the context would indicate they'd spend time leaning against the parking meter and watching people go by.

D18
02-19-2001, 01:50 PM
Thanks, RealityChuck! Makes perfect sense to me.

D18

whitetho
02-19-2001, 01:54 PM
To back up RealityChuck, I remember at the time the song came out it was said that PLP=Public Leaning Post.

hminkema
09-27-2010, 03:36 AM
This interpretation is correct. In the 1980 videoclip of Rickie's live performance of this song, we see her quasi-leaning on a public post, watching the people go by, when she sings this very line.

DrFidelius
09-27-2010, 06:28 AM
Thank you hminkema.

I am sure everyone has been on tenterhooks for the past NINE AND A HALF YEARS awaiting your confirmation of the data.

CalMeacham
09-27-2010, 07:03 AM
Unrelated to the OP's question but fun Perspicuity cartoon

http://content.perspicuity.com/?q=node/186



On re-reading Craig Swanson's text, it actually has a tongue-in-cheek "explanation" that relates to the OP's question.

Thudlow Boink
09-27-2010, 08:08 AM
Previous thread on the topic (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=488255)

Colibri
09-27-2010, 10:04 AM
Since this is about a song, let's try Cafe Society.

Colibri
General Questions Moderator

D18
09-27-2010, 10:03 PM
Previous thread on the topic (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=488255)

Whoa now! My question dates from 2001. Markxxs's pale imitation followed mine by several years.

So watch who you're calling previous! ;-)

hrtchkr
03-09-2014, 12:25 AM
"Play 'little pool."

D18
03-09-2014, 12:30 AM
Wow! Double zombied!

outlierrn
03-09-2014, 05:42 PM
Aw Christ, the zombie's combed his hair.

D18
03-10-2014, 12:39 PM
:D