Parrothead Wisdom: Life Lessons from the Lyrics of Jimmy Buffett

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jimmy-buffett-quotesBehind the party-hard imagery and island escapism, there are some good nuggets of wisdom in the lyrics of Jimmy Buffett.

Some selections:

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, 1977

If we couldn’t laugh we would go insane.

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, 1977

If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane.

My Lovely Lady, 1973

All I want’s the quiet and the comforts / that livin’ with my lovely lady brings.

Son of Son of Sailor, 1978

Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks / and I learned much from both of their styles.

Cowboy in the Jungle, 1978

(On Americans on vacation) Tryin’ to cram lost years into 5 or 6 days / Seems that blind ambition erased their intuition / Plowin’ straight ahead, come what may.

Cowboy in the Jungle, 1978

I don’t want to swim in a roped-off sea … I’ve got to be where the wind and the water are free.

Cowboy in the Jungle, 1978

Spinning around around in circles / Living it day to day / And still 24 hours maybe 60 good years / It’s really not that long a stay.

Six String Music, 1994

Turn of the TV / Turn off the crap.

Six String Music, 1994

Keep it simple stupid.

Carnival World, 1989

Spend it while you can … you can’t take it with you when you go.

Carnival World, 1989

There’s no free ride.

Carnival World, 1989

Everybody’s got something to sell.

No Plane on Sunday, 1986

Make the best of it’s ’bout all you can do.

Barefoot Children, 1995

Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been.

Great Heart, 1987 (Johnny Clegg)

The world is full of strange behavior 
Every man has to be his own savior 
I know I can make it on my own if I try

Holiday, 1996

Find a place to find yourself 
Take your life down off that shelf 
Quit acting so blase

Growing Older But Not Up, 1980

I’m growing older but not up.

Growing Older But Not Up, 1980

I’d rather die while I’m livin’ than live while I’m dead.

That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It, 1989

Women always know before you tell them.

Fruitcakes, 1994

I don’t want other people thinking for me.

Fruitcakes, 1994

There’s a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us.

Fruitcakes, 1994

Religion is in the hands of some crazy-ass people.

If It All Falls Down, 1986

(On consumerism) We had people to make us things 
We had people to sell us those things 
Didn’t have enough room for those things 
We build lots of self storage

One Particular Harbor, 1983

I got too much stuff.

Love and Luck, 1988

With a little love and luck you will get by.

That’s What Living Is To Me, 1988

Be good and you will be lonesome; be lonesome and you will be free.

That’s What Living Is To Me, 1988

Live a lie and you will live to regret it.

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