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Jimmy Buffett lyrics

Album: Off to See the Lizard [1989]

Tracks12
 01  Carnival World
 02  Take Another Road
 03  That's My Story and I'm Stickin' to It
 04  Why the Things We Do
 05  Gravity Storm
 06  Off to See the Lizard
 07  Boomerang Love
 08  Strange Bird
 09  I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever
 10  The Pascagoula Run
 11  Mermaid in the Night
 12  Changing Channels
all Jimmy Buffett lyrics



Carnival World
Carnival world
By: jimmy buffett, roger guth, jay oliver
1989
My father always said that there's no free ride
You've got to make a sacrifice
So many prophets on the lord's side
Even your soul has got a price
But talk is cheap
It takes money to buy your freedom
And the tax man's knockin' on your door

Chorus:
Spend it while you can
Money's contraband
You can't take it with you when you go
Spend it while you can
Before it's taken from your hand
There's no free ride in this carnival world
There's no free ride in this carnival world

Too many hawkers on this travelin' show
Everybody's got somethin' to sell
Bootleg swatches, cardboard gucci gear
Watch your step at the wishing well

But talk is cheap
It takes money to buy your freedom
And the tax man's knockin' on your door

Chorus:
Spend it while you can
Money's contraband
You can't take it with you when you go
Spend it while you can
'fore it's taken from your hand
There's no free ride in this carnival world
There's no free ride in this carnival world

What's mine is mine
If it's only one thin dime
My cash was always meant to flow

Chorus:
Spend it while you can
Money's contraband
You can't take it with you when you go
Spend it while you can
Before it's taken from your hand
There's no free ride in this carnival world
There's no free ride in this carnival world
There's no free ride in this carnival world

There's no free ride
There's no free ride
There's no free rideback to top
Take Another Road
Take another road
By: jimmy buffett, jay oliver, roger guth
1989
Seen the false horizons fade away like bisons
Headed for the jungle, cowboy can't endure
Never look back, that's what he swore
I'll take my pony to the shore
Somewhere, somewhere

Chorus:
Take another road to a hiding place
Disappear without a trace
Take another road to another time
On another road in another time
Like a novel from the five and dime
Take another road another time

Follow the equator, like that old articulator
Sail upon the ocean (oooh, sail away) just like mr. twain
Never look back, this is my plan
Run my pony through the sand
Somewhere, somewhere

Chorus:
Take another road to a hiding place
Disappear without a trace
Take another road to another time
On another road in another time
Like a novel from the five and dime
Take another road another time

Leave my cares behind
Take my own sweet time (take my own sweet time (time))
Ocean's on my mind

Chorus:
Take another road to a hiding place
Disappear without a trace
Take another road to another time
On another road in another time
Like a novel from the five and dime
Take another road another time

Take another road to a hiding place
Disappear without a trace
Take another road to another time
On another road in another time
Like a novel from the five and dime
Take another road another timeback to top
That's My Story and I'm Stickin' to It
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it
By: jimmy buffett, jay oliver
1989
Kindergarten
King of excuses
Sister mary mojo so hard to trick
What can I say
Dog ate my homework
I could play the game
They love me anyway

Alibis, angles and tales from the tropics
Come to my mind so easy and quick
Spacemen from mars stole all of my money
But I could play the game
They love me just the same

Chorus:
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it
That's my life and all that I've got
Call me a liar, call me a writer
Believe me or not
Believe me or not

Women always know before you tell them
The younger girls so easy to trick
What's that word? I think I'm eccentric
But I can play the game
They love me anyway

Revelations
Love when they happen
Wizards and lizards I choose and I pick
In a hundred years this all won't matter
How you play the game
They love you just the same

Chorus:
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it
That's my life and all that I've got
Call me a liar, call me a writer
Believe me or not
Believe me or not

I will play the game
I will stay the same
I will play the game
Believe me or not

(guitar instrumental)

Chorus:
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it
That's my life and all that I've got
Call me a liar, call me a writer
Believe me or not
Believe me or not

Chorus:
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it
That's my life and all that I've got
Call me a liar, call me a writer
Believe me or not
Believe me or not

I will play the game (I will play the game)
I will stay the same (I will stay the same)
I will play the game (I will play the game)
Again and again (again) and again

I will play the game (I will play the game)
I will stay the same (I will stay the same)
I will play the game (I will play the game)
Again and again (and again)back to top
Why the Things We Do
Why the things we do
By jimmy buffett, jay oliver, roger guth
1989
In an old house down by the beach
Lives an old man who's just out of reach
Oh oh, he's got nothing to lose
Some say he's a crazy old man
A refugee from a rock and roll band
Oh oh, he's still playing the blues

In the morning when you rise
Aren't you glad to be alive
Oh oh, put on your barefoot shoes
When you dance beneath the moon rainbow
Can't you feel the afterglow
Oh oh, why the things we do
Why the things we do
Why the things we do

In the driftwood house you learn how to dream
Truth is stranger than fishing it seems
Oh oh, there's no earthly rules
And the people come just to hear him say
Life's too short to live your way
Oh oh, who's really fooling who
Invisible means are the key to support
Makes you king in your own court
Oh oh, what have you got to lose
Push the sadness from your heart
There's no living after dark

Oh oh,
Why the things we do
Why the things we do
Why the things we...
Why the things we do
Why the things we do
Why the things we do
Why the things we do

In the morning when you rise
Aren't you glad to be alive
Oh oh, put on your barefoot shoes
When you dance beneath the moon rainbow
Can't you feel the afterglow
Oh oh, that's why the things we do
That's why the things we do
That's why the things we do
That's why the things we doback to top
Gravity Storm
Gravity storm
By: jimmy buffett, jay oliver
1989
Apple fall out of the tree and hit the ground
Pretty soon we realize we're earthly bound
Babies fall and babies cry in early years
Mamas dust them off and wipe away their tears

Chorus:
Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
It don't give no warning signs
Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
Oh, oh

All your life you have to deal with ups and downs
So listen to your heartstrings as they make the sounds
Don't forget to listen to that steady beat
Don't forget to balance on your ready feet

Chorus:
Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
It don't give no warning signs
Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
Oh, oh

I will keep you warm
Shelter in the storm
All your life
I will keep you warm
Shelter from the storm
All your life

Apple fall out of the tree and hit the ground
Pretty soon we realize we're earthly bound
Babies fall and babies cry in early years
Mamas dust them off and wipe away their tears

Chorus:
Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
It don't give no warning signs
Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
Oh, oh

Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
It don't give no warning signs
Oh, watch out for that gravity storm
Oh, oh

All your lifeback to top
Off to See the Lizard
Off to see the lizard
By: jimmy buffett, jay oliver
1989
I was raised by a maid who came from martinique
She wore geckos around her neck and bracelets on her feet
A superstitious woman from the land of sugar cane
She'd sing the sun to bed and dance out in the rain
Dance out, dance out, dance out in the rain

She'd excite us with a legend that the africans told
About a red iguanna who turned lava into gold
We'd mount an expedition heading up into the bay
Superstitious children playing pirate for the day

Chorus:
Off to see the lizard
Off to see the lizard
Deja deja deja vu
Believe it and it will come true
Veja veja veja du
What works for me might work for you

Being rich an famous seems to have it's ups and downs
But that's the price you pay for being troubadours and clowns
Godzilla's halitosis it be vaporizing cars
Elvis up in michigan or maybe out on mars
Dance out, dance out, dance out to the stars

But living in the briar patch ain't what it appears
Sooner or later you've got to face your fears
I heard it from the parrot verbalizing in the tree
I heard in the songline of the aborigine

Chorus:
Off to see the lizard
Off to see the lizard
Deja deja deja vu
Believe it and it will come true
Veja veja veja du
What works for me might work for you

Does it work for me? (yeah, yeah)
Will it work for you? (yeah, yeah)
If you believe it will (yeah, yeah)
It will come true (yeah, yeah)

I got problems with my brain underneath my curls
Problems with loraine and all the other girls
Love a wealthy woman and the pretty plane she flys
If you think this sounds confusing you should see it through my eyes
Dancing, dancing, dancing through my eyes

I'm turning off the waterfall the tourists can go home
I feel it time to travel take time to write a poem
Time to seek some therapy I'm going walkabout
Answers are the easy part, questions raise the doubt

Chorus:
Off to see the lizard
Off to see the lizard
Deja deja deja vu
Believe it and it will come true
Veja veja veja du
What works for me might work for you

Deja deja deja vu
Believe it and it will come true
Veja veja veja du
What works for me will work for youback to top
Boomerang Love
Boomerang love
By: jimmy buffett
1989
Hole in the wind behind the island
Big blue hole in the middle of my heart
I can't forget the time we spent together
I can't remember how long
Long we've been apart

Chorus:
Riding on a boomerang love circling fast
Hard to see in a sky so vast
Laugh till you cry, cry till you smile
Up and down all around
Boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love
Boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love

We both know we live in different orbits
Different islands different worlds
Though we really are the same
I'm just glad, glad we started talking
Finally realize no one is to blame

Chorus:
Riding on a boomerang love can't let go
Running fast, moving slow
What's the right way, who is to say
Tension and suspension
On a boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love
Boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love

Big blue hole out in the ocean
Where I dive straight down until I cannot see
Feel my way through a bevy of solutions
There I realize the answer is in me

Gettin' off of this boomerang love, comin' up for air
I want to do what's right, I want to do what's fair
Come what may we'll find a way
No more tension or suspension
No more boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love
No more boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love
No more boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love

Boomerang, boomerang, boomerang, boomerang love
Oh...back to top
Strange Bird
Strange bird
By: jimmy buffett, jay oliver
1989
Half fast and seldom seen
He don't blip the radar screen
On the deck below the dune
Under the commander's moon
Strange bird from a different nest
Flying low not like all of the rest
God only knows where the strange bird goes when he's flying

Everybody's trying to find him
But they don't know where to start
The ornithologist lady says that he has wings on his heart

Chorus:
Strange bird from a different nest
Flying low not like all of the rest
If you can't catch him you can't name him
If you can't see him you can't claim him
Stay on the ground or he will shoot you down
Wings on his heart, he's a strange bird

Frequent flyer, seldom seen
High above the caribbean
In my day I've met a few but he's the strangest bird that's true

Chorus:
Strange bird from a different nest
Flying low not like all of the rest
If you can't catch him you can't name him
If you can't see him you can't claim him
Stay on the ground or he will shoot you down
Wings on his heart, he's a strange bird

But he's in love with the lady of the waters
And she lives somewhere up around cheauxvan
He's gonna circle high above her runway of love
Until she gives him her permission to land

Chorus:
Strange bird from a different nest
Flying low not like all of the rest
If you can't catch him you can't name him
If you can't see him you can't claim him
Stay on the ground or he will shoot you down
Wings on his heart, he's a strange bird
Watch out girl, he's a strange bird

Strange bird flying low
'cross the gulf of mexico
Strange bird not like all the rest
Watch out girl he's a strange bird
Shoot you down, he's a strange bird
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a strange birdback to top
I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever
I wish lunch could last forever
By: jimmy buffett, jay oliver
1989
The place down the block, the one with no clock
Covert rendez-vous with you at the usual time
I savor the scent of the fish on the grill
Life's so spicy up on bar-b-q hill
Looking good, you look so fine
Waiter bring us one more bottle of wine

Chorus:
I wish lunch could last forever
Make the whole day on big afternoon
We'll begin with dessert a little coconut tart
Tastes as sweet as a piece of your heart
Cafe au lait beneath the paris moon

Don't hide your eyes just wear your disguise
Brazil's in the air I swear it feels like mardi gras time
I savor the scent love that annick goutal
As we walk in time to the cathedral bells

Chorus:
I wish lunch could last forever
Make the whole day on big afternoon
We'll begin with dessert a little coconut tart
Tastes as sweet as a piece of your heart
Cafe au lait beneath the paris moon

Oh yeah, uh huh, ooooh...

I wish love could last forever
Make the whole day a first time love affair
We'll begin with a kiss, such a warm place to start
Let me into your life let me into your heart
Mea culpa mea culpa carnival's in the air

We'll begin with a kiss, such a warm place to start
Let me into your life let me into your heart
I wish, I wish that lunch could last forever

Oh yeah, uh huh, oh, oh...

-- spoken:
Tout la jour, mademoiselle [ everyday, mademoiselle ]
Dejeuner tout la jour [ lunch every day ]
Ah oui, une boutelle de vin blanc [ ah yes, a bottle of white wine ]
Un dessert? c'est necessaire [ a dessert? it's necessary ... ]
Tres necessaire [ ...very necessary ]back to top
The Pascagoula Run
The pascagoula run
By: jimmy buffett, jay oliver
1989
Billy pulled in in a jaguar
Red convertable sixty-five
Headed home to mississippi, he'd been around the world
That black sheep uncle of mine
His ship had come in, he was looking to sin
Singing his own song
When he yelled from the drive, my heart came alive
Jimmy boy come along

Chorus:
It's time to see the world
It's time to kiss a girl
It's time to cross the wild meridian
Grab your bag and take a chance
Time to learn a cajun dance
Kid you're gonna see the morning sun
On the pascagoula run
Pascagoula run

Friday night at the stateline bar
Where the waterfront people dwell
I better watch my step if the floor caves in
I'll go right straight to hell
There were pinball machines and cajun queens
Men with knives and scars
Billy moved 'cross the floor to the real hard core
And said, here's where it gets bizarre

Chorus:
It's time to see the world
It's time to kiss a girl
It's time to cross the wild meridian
Grab your bag and take a chance
Time to learn a cajun dance
Kid you're gonna see the morning sun
On the pascagoula run
Pascagoula run

What do the ladies say, what do the ladies say
What do the ladies say, what do the ladies say
What do the ladies say, what do the ladies say
What do the ladies say, what do the ladies say

Bring that young man over here
We're going to buy that boy a beer
And that ain't all we want to do
Bring your crazy uncle too

Chorus:
It's time to see the world
It's time to kiss a girl
It's time to cross the wild meridian
Grab your bag and take a chance
Time to learn a cajun dance
Kid you're gonna see the morning sun
On the pascagoula run
Pascagoula run
Pascagoula runback to top
Mermaid in the Night
Mermaid in the night
By: roger guth, jay oliver
1989
I went out fishin' on a sandy beach
Cast my line out as far as it would reach
Lookin' for somethin' for the fryin' pan
I kick back with a beer in my hand

I must've got a big one 'cause it's bendin' my pole
I'm havin' to fight just to keep control
It could be a whale God only knows
Whatever it is it's not wearin' any clothes

Chorus:
She's larger than life
Made from holy water
She's covered in green and got
Little scales upon her
She's larger than life
She'a a mermaid in the night

She's got a set of gills like no fish I've ever seen
Long blond hair and a tail in between
I'm in love with a creature from the sea
She brings out the crustacean in me

Her voice is a temptation it's a siren song
When we kiss there can be no wrong
I ask her to marry me and be my wife
Do the backstroke the rest of our lives

Chorus:
She's larger than life
Made from holy water
She's covered in green
She's got little scales upon her
She's larger than life
She's a mermaid in the night

She's larger than life
Made from holy water
She's covered in green and got
Little scales upon her
She's larger than life
She's a mermaid in the night
Mermaid in the night
Little mermaid in the night

-- spoken:
I think I'll have the catch of the dayback to top
Changing Channels
Changing channels
By: jimmy buffett, mac mcanally
1989
Girl of a thousand faces
From a long line of basket cases
Daughter of a fortune teller
Oh the lovely isabella

Chorus:
She's changing channels
Stayin' on her toes
She's just changing channels
As she goes

This place is full of beachhead sailors
Fishermen and old retailers
Simple lives are so deep seated
And history always gets repeated

Some folks see a birds eye view
Others haven't got a clue
Some will go and some will stay
It doesn't matter anyway

Chorus:
They are changing channels
Crazy girls and boys
They'll be changing channels
Changing toys

Survivors of tidal waves
Children of former slaves
Strange how they all behave
Like it's another world

There's an island in the ocean
Where the people stay in motion
Somewhere on the old gulf stream
Do they live or did I dream

Chorus:
They were changing channels
Waitin' for their sails to fill
They'll be changing channels
Always will

They'll be changing channels
Waitin' for their sails to fill
They'll be changing channels
Always will

To joseph campbell and bruce chadwick whose words and thoughts were an
Inspiration. to charlie allen and lt. jim amos anderson whose spirits
Linger with me though their days on the planet were far too few.back to top
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