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Jimmy Buffett lyrics

Album: Riddles in the Sand [1984]

Tracks10
 01  Who's the Blonde Stranger?
 02  When the Wild Life Betrays Me
 03  Ragtop Day
 04  She's Going Out of My Mind
 05 Bigger That the Both of Us
 06  Knees of My Heart
 07 Come the the Moon
 08  Love in Decline
 09  Burn That Bridge
 10  La Vie Dansante
all Jimmy Buffett lyrics



Who's the Blonde Stranger?
Who's the blonde stranger
By: jimmy buffett, michael utley, will jennings, josh leo
1984
Nothin' like this way out in west texas
Galveston bay is a whole other world
My wife's in our room gettin' over her sunburn
How would louis l'amour get me next to that girl

She tells me her tan is the same all over
She asks me to dance and says keep your boots on
She never met a number one cowboy
We rolled in the sand and drank rum until dawn

Chorus:
Who's the blonde stranger, who entered my life
Makin' me over, in the moonlight
This side of texas, is all new to me
Who's the blonde stranger, who lives by the sea

Stayed up all night and for me that's the first time
Sneak in the room just as cool as I can
Pull back the sheets and the bed is all empty
Except for a note left from some guy named dan

My head got all light and the room started spinning
I stepped outside just to get some fresh air
Out on a wave was my own darlin' lola
And some pretty boy with bleach in his hair

Chorus:
Who's the blonde stranger, out there with my wife
What were they doin', in the moonlight
This side of texas, is all new to me
Who are these strangers, who live by the sea

Back on the ranch and everything's normal
Beach blanket bingo comes on the tv
We talk in our sleep and then the next morning
I ask her who's dan and she says who's marie?

Chorus:
Who's the blonde stranger, who entered my life
Makin' me over, in the moonlight
This side of texas, is all new to me
Who's the blonde stranger, lives by the sea

Chorus:
Who's the blonde stranger, who entered my life
Makin' me over, in the moonlight
This side of texas, is all new to me
Who are these strangers, who live by the seaback to top
When the Wild Life Betrays Me
When the wild life betrays me
By: jimmy buffett, michael utley, will jennings
1984
Can't believe I'm still here
With the morning so near
And last night so unclear

I see a tremblin' hand
And a gold wedding band
Wonder where do I stand

When the wild life betrays me
And I'm too far from home
Will you be there to save me
Will you shelter my heart 'til I'm strong
Or will you just hang up the phone

All my crazy old lies
And my worn out disguise
Turns to tears in your eyes

What a fool I have been
There's no way I can win
Unless you take me back in

When the wild life betrays me
And I'm too far from home
Will you be there to save me
Will you shelter my heart 'til I'm strong
Or will you just hang up the phone

(instrumental)

When the wild life betrays me
And I'm too far from home
Will you be there to save me
Will you shelter my heart till I'm strong
Or will you just hang up the phone

Coda:
When the wild life betrays meback to top
Ragtop Day
Ragtop day
By: jimmy buffett, michael utley, will jennings
1984
The five o'clock friday blows
I got to let it go
Put on my weekend clothes
Turn on the rock 'n' roll

Throw all our cares away
It's a ragtop day
It's a ragtop day

Classy little white and red
Turns everybody's head
My baby meets me at the five and dime
She's always right on time

We roll all our cares away
It's a ragtop day
It's a ragtop day

We'll cruise across the county line
A little dance and dine
A drive in picture show
When the midnight's comin' down we're headin' back to town
She lets her lovin' show
Whoa oh oh oh whoa

Feels like we're the only ones to see the mornin' sun
Sleepin' through the afternoon and risin' with the moon
Oh don't the stars look bright
It's a ragtop night
It's a ragtop night
We'll throw all our cares away
I live for that ragtop day

It's a ragtop day
It's a ragtop day
It's a ragtop day

-- spoken:
Ooh, come on over here baby get in this car
We gonna cruise on down to the gulf
And listen to some western music
Get ourselves a cool one at the florabama, ya
All right come on in here, yeah!
You can move over little closer
Ooh, be careful of that stick shift!
Ya, let's rockit ragtime
Was that your husband that just passed us in that station wagon fulla kids?
Let's get outta here, ow!back to top
She's Going Out of My Mind
She's going out of my mind
By: mac mcanally
1984
I talk to her pictures
And stare at the walls
And my friends come and offer their help
To my back they're afraid that I'm losing it all
To my face they say I'm not myself
And they name all the doctors they think I should see
But they don't understand it's not me

Chorus:
She's goin' out of my mind
And I'm showin' all of the signs
I thought that our love was one of a kind
Now she's goin' out of my mind

The place that I kept her
Has suited her well
Though it's not where she wanted to be
And from up on that pedestal I couldn't tell
That she'd rather be down here with me
Now she just tells me how we can't relate
But she leaves out the part I can't take

Chorus:
She's goin' out of my mind
And I'm showin' all of the signs
I thought that our love was one of a kind
Now she's goin' out of my mind

There's a tear in her eyes as they drive me away
And I turn to the doctors and say

Chorus:
She's goin' out of my mind
And I'm showin' all of the signs
I thought that our love was one of a kind
Now she's goin' out of my mind

Yeah she's goin' out of my mindback to top
Knees of My Heart
Knees of my heart
By: jimmy buffett, michael utley, will jennings
1984
I've got a question for you
Please grant me an interview
Don't want to read it in a magazine
Don't want to see it on the silver screen
Don't let the craziness tear us apart

I'm down on the knees of my heart
Down here on the knees of my heart

This comes from deep in my soul
Your sweet love has taken control
I'll swim across the ocean if you tell me so
Take you to the jump up if you want to go
It's never-y too late to make a brand new start

I'm down here on the knees of my heart
Down here on the knees of my heart

Whoa how I will sing
If you give me everything
I live for the day
When there's nothing in our way

I will be waiting tonight
You'll find my boat by the light
I'm gonna show you what my love can do
Out on the ocean all alone with you
We'll find a desert island on an ancient chart

Take me from the knees of my heart
Take me from the knees of my heart
Take me from the knees of my heart
Take me from the knees of my heart

Take me from the knees of my heart
Whoa oh oh take me from the knees of my heart
Please take me from the knees of my heart
Whoa oh oh take me from the knees of my heart
Uh buh puh buh puh buh puh
Please from the knees of my heart
Whoa oh ohback to top
Love in Decline
Love in decline
By: jimmy buffett, michael utley, will jennings
1984
Left one in the drizzlin' rain
Found one on the mornin' plane
Layin' out his well-known line
Bought her some gin - that did her in
Now their makin' love behind the occupied sing

Chorus:
Just a livin' example of love in decline
Lookin' so hard and so little time
Goin' ninety to nothin' and flyin' stone blind
Just a livin' example of love in decline

Miyama hotel disco bar
He asks if she's a movie star
Her eyes light up they're going far
No time for a room - it happened too soon
Now they're makin' love in her rent-a-car

Chorus:
That's just another example of love in decline
Lookin' so hard and so little time
Goin' ninety to nothin' and flyin' stone blind
Just a livin' example of love in decline

Red-eyed on a midnight flight
He's a little tired but she looks just right
He asks for dark so she hits the light
Engines whine - seats recline
They're makin' love till the mornin' light

Chorus:
Just a shinin' example of love in decline
Lookin' so hard and so little time
Goin' ninety to nothin' and flyin' stone blind
Just a livin' example of love in decline

Just a livin' example of love in decline
Just a livin' example of love in declineback to top
Burn That Bridge
Burn that bridge
By: jimmy buffett, michael utley, will jennings
1984
I'm not sayin' I'm scared'a you
But your kinda love is somethin' new
When I hold you we're swayin' in the wind
Of all the bridges I've ever crossed
High and lonesome and wild and lost
I feel this time I'll take it to the end
We don't care what the people may say
If there's a price it's the price we'll pay

Chorus:
And we'll burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to
Burn it down
Burn it down

We both done our share of runnin' around
So we know enough to know the kind of love we've found
It's the real thing and we've got to see it through
I'm a singer and a sailor on a midnight sea
(oh captain come and take me on your fantasy)
If we're crazy that ain't nothin' new
'cause we don't care what the people may say
If there's a price it's the price we'll pay

Chorus:
And we'll burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to
Burn it down
Burn it down

Who knows how it started
Who knows it end
The point of no return is waiting
Just around the bend

Chorus:
And we'll burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to
Burn it down
Burn it down

Chorus:
Yes we'll burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to it
Burn that bridge when we come to
Burn it down
Burn it down
Burn it down
Burn it down
Burn it down
Burn it down
Burn it downback to top
La Vie Dansante
La vie dansante
By: jimmy buffett, michael utley, will jennings
1984
[the dancing life]
They can come take it all away
Break your heart by the light of day
Drown your love in a distant bay
So lonely
See the ships heading for the rocks
See the time melting off of the clocks
There's a light shatters all the locks
And saves me
It saves me

That's why I wander and follow la vie dansante
On the night wind that takes me just where I want
That's all I want la vie dansante
Why don't you wander and follow la vie dansante
On the night wind that takes you just where you want
That's all you want la vie dansante

Miss the beat if you close your eyes
Every night wears a new disguise
And I live when a new surprise surrenders

Feel it all with a willing heart
Every stop is a place to start
If you know how to play the part with feeling
I play with feelings

That's why I wander and follow la vie dansante
On the night wind that takes me just where I want
That's all I want la vie dansante
Why don't you wander and follow la vie dansante
On the night wind that takes you just where you want
That's all you want la vie dansante

That's why we wander and follow la vie dansante
On the night wind that takes us just where we want
That's all we want la vie dansante
Why don't you wander and follow the dancing life
On the night wind that takes you just where you want
That's all you want la vie dansante

That's why we wander and follow la vie dansante
On the night wind that takes us just where we want
That's all we want la vie dansante

La la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la
That's all we want...

@album notes:
Back cover -
What goes around comes around say wise men in bars. any good artist feels compelled to change, if not doomed to change, and vary his art as much as he varies his life. starting from
Enter, buffett has shot off to a number of usual and unusual planets. now in riddles in the sand we see him coming home not quite on a-1a, but with the same richness of feeling that informed muc
His earlier work.
Years ago, down in riviera beach in southeast texas, I saw some cowboys ride into town on horseback for a dinner of gulf shrimp and oysters. if you were superman you could have seen key western
Here in the distance. this album has a musical range expanding in an arc from bob wills to bob marley with the gulf somehow always there: a low and high tidal range, sweet and piney like the del
Il, caribbean islands white with coral dust, ladies as moist and sweet as a fresh broken conch. rather than a return, buffett is starting out from the center again, with a vast expansion both mu
Ly and emotionally. the music is a triumph for an american sound.
- jim harrison

Sleeve -
Acoustic guitar - jimmy buffett
Electric guitar - reggie young
Electric and acoustic guitar - billy walker jr.
Bass - emory gordy
Keyboards and synthesizer - michael utley
Keyboards and synthesizer - john jarvis
Drums - matt betton
Steel drums - robert greenidge
Percussion - samuel clayton
Harmonica - greg fingers taylor
Background vocals - jimmy buffett, mac mcanally, wendy waldman, thom
Flora, larry lee, samuel clayton

Mac mcanally appears courtesy of geffen records

Produced and recorded by: jimmy bowen for lynwood production, michael utley and tony brown
Recorded and mixed at sound stage studio
1st engineers: ron treat - basic tracks and overdubs, steve tillisch - mixdown
2dn engineers: mark coddington and vicki hicks
Originally mastered at masterfonics by glenn meadows
Mixed and mastered using the jvc digital audio mastering system
Photography by jim shea
Drawings on the sleeve by: savannah jane buffett, maura and melanie lyons.

Art direction by jeff adamoff

Very special thanks to:
Nashville - johnny dickinson, charlie allen, will dr. wheeeel jennings, dirt lanier, jessie noble, abbe demontbreun and to the consistent nutrition experts hap towned, lu
' bar bq, mac's cafe and the ellistio place soda shop
At the gulf - dan sweet, kenny wall, greer and brooke radcliff and rusty the wonder horse
Out west - howard kaufman, bobby liberman and nina avramides-berducat

This album is dedicated with much love to jane slagsvol buffett, who over the years, has been and remains, the ultimate riddle in the sand.back to top
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