What Jimmy Buffett songs say about settling in life





Initially I was not a fan of Jimmy Buffett’s music because I thought it wasn’t that good. Boy was I wrong Jimmy Buffett is an acquired taste much like beer for the former fruity drink crowd. His music must be appreciated at a deeper level it is not just about the music it is about the EXPERIENCE. Simply put he puts on a hell of a show and puts people in the mood to party.

Jimmy Buffett has built an empire with his recordings, radio Margaritaville, Landshark beverages, and the Margaritaville restaurants. He is an entertainer, businessman and imagine the women he has been with over the years, a true man for the ages!

Alot of Jimmy Buffett’s songs inspire feelings of joy and set the mood so that vacationers in tropical locales can unwind. But if you feel his lyrics on a deeper level they say a lot about refusing to settle for an average life and letting time pass you by.

The song A Pirate Looks at Forty is an awesome tale for someone who feels like they were born in the wrong era. It is easy to feel this way if you wanted to be a pirate like Jimmy (and who wouldn’t) but no matter what era you happen to be born in you have to own it and mold your life around your goals.

Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothin’ to plunder
I’m an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

— Jimmy Buffett, A Pirate Looks at Forty

In my current favorite Buffett song Nautical Wheelers the idea of living in 3/4 time is brought up.

Where the jukebox is blastin’ and the liquor is flowin’
An occasional bottle of wine
That’s ’cause everyone here is just more than contented
To be livin’ and dyin’ in three-quarter time

— Jimmy Buffett, Nautical Wheelers

I realize this is a musical metaphor for being in key but the deeper meeting is that people are content to have life pass them buy living at less than their potential.

The last reference song contains a powerful observation that many of us live for vacations and try to cram years into the vacation because we have worked and saved all year to pay for the week long vacation.

They’re tryin’ to drink all the punches
They all may lose their lunches
Tryin’ to cram lost years into five or six days
Seems that blind ambition erased their intuition
Plowin’ straight ahead come what may.

— Jimmy Buffett, Cowboy in the Jungle

Jimmy took his lumps initially and wasn’t an immediate success but kept at it and pursued his passion. He refused to settle for a normal life and lives life on his terms.

Are you trying to cram lost years into five or six days?

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