Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett

February 8, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett. This must be one of the most well-loved songs ever, sung in bars and backyards all over the world!

Fun Facts:

  • “Margaritaville” was released in February 1977 as part of the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.
  • The inspiration for the song came as Jimmy sat window gazing in the Old Anchor Inn at Key West. He was watching the gridlock on the roads outside after returning from a tour of Texas with his band. Before returning to Key West from Texas, he had enjoyed some Margaritas in a Mexican restaurant with a friend.
  • Jimmy Buffett is also a renowned author, having four books that have made the New York Times Best Sellers List. Three of these titles made it to number one.
  • He has also starred in a number of episodes of Hawaii Five-O. In it, he plays a pilot who is a character out of one of his own books. The song was also featured in one of the episodes.
  • Apart from Hawaii Five-O, “Margaritaville” has also featured in The Simpsons, as well as a few movies, including The Angry Birds Movie 2.
  • Jurassic World has a scene where dinosaurs escape into the main street. The footage cuts to a cameo appearance by a guy rescuing two margaritas – guess who? That’s right, Jimmy Buffett!
  • “Margaritaville” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Are you ready?

Nibblin’ on sponge cake

Watchin’ the sun bake

All of you Parrotheads covered with oil

And feathers, and signs, and pins

Strummin’ my six string on my front porch swing

Smell those shrimp, hey they’re beginnin’ to boil

Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville

Searchin’ for my long lost shaker of salt

Salt, salt, salt

Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame

And I know this is somebody’s fault

I don’t know the reason

Stayed here all season

With nothing to show but that brand new tattoo

Hell yes, it hurts

But it’s a real beauty

Oh, I think she might be a Nantucket cutie

Or maybe she’s from the Vineyard

I haven’t got a clue

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville

Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt

Salt, salt, salt

Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame

I agree with that

And I know it’s all you women’s fault

Coming soon

Old men in tank tops

Cruisin’ the gift shops

The lost verse

Checkin’ out chiquitas down by the shore

I found ’em, I found ’em

They dream about weight loss, oh

Wish they could be their own boss

Those three day vacations become such a bore

I blew out my flip flop

Stepped on a pop-top

I broke my leg twice, I had to limp on back home

But there’s booze in the blender

And soon it will render

That frozen concoction that helps me hang on

Hang on, hang on, hang on

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville

That’s where this ship is headed

Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt

Salt, salt, salt

Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame

But I know it’s my own damn fault

That’s what the therapist said, hell

Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame

They’re always in

And I know it’s my own damn fault

Welcome home, everybody

Salt, salt, salt

Lucky we stayed

Thank you all very much

You sure make a, a boy from Mississippi

Feel right at home in Wisconsin

Thank you all

I love my job

Thank you

Thank you again, Parrotheads

Not only for tonight but 30 years of doing this, uh

I just feel very lucky to be doing it

Here’s a little song to send you on your way

Thank you again, everybody

We love you

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