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Jimmy Buffett lyrics

Album: Volcano [1979]

Tracks10
 01  Fins
 02  Volcano
 03  Treat Her Like a Lady
 04  Stranded on a Sandbar
 05  Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
 06  Survive
 07  Lady I Can't Explain
 08  Boat Drinks
 09  Dreamsicle
 10  Sending the Old Man Home
all Jimmy Buffett lyrics



Fins
She came down from Cincinnati.
It took her three days on a train.
Lookin' for some peace and quiet;
hoped to see the sun again.
But now she lives down by the ocean.
She's takin' care to look for sharks.
They hang out in the local bars,
And they feed right after dark.

[Chorus:]
Can't you feel 'em circlin' honey?
Can't you feel 'em swimmin' around?
You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
and you're the only bait in town.
You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
and you're the only girl in town.

She's savin' up all of her money.
Wants to head south in May;
Maybe roll in the sand with a rock'n'roll man,
Somewhere down Montserrat way.
But the money's good in the season;
Helps to lighten her load.
Boys keep her high as the months go by.
She's gettin' postcards from the road.

[Chorus]

Sailed off to Antigua.
It took her three days on a boat.
Lookin' for some peace and quiet;
Maybe keep her dreams afloat.
But now she feels like a remora,
'cause the school's still close at hand.
Just behind the reef are the big white teeth
of the sharks that can swim on the land.

[Chorus]back to top
Volcano
Now, I don't know, I don't know where I'm a gonna go
when the volcano blow.
Let me say it now,
I don't know, I don't know where I'm a gonna go
when the volcano blow.

Ground, she movin' under me.
Tidal waves out on the sea.
Sulphur smoke up in the sky.
Pretty soon we learn to fly

[Chorus:]
Let me hear you, now
I don't know, I don't know where I'm a gonna go
when the volcano blow.
Let me hear you now.
I don't know, I don't know where I'm a gonna go
when the volcano blow.

My girl quickly say to me,
"Mon you better watch your feet."
Lava come down soft and hot.
"You better lava me now or lava me not.

[Chorus]

No time to count what I'm worth,
cause I just left the planet Earth.
Where I go I hope there's rum.
Not to worry mon soon come.

[Chorus]

But I don't want to land in New York City,
I don't want to land in Mexico.
I don't want to land on no Three Mile Island;
I don't want to see my skin a-glow.

Don't want to land in Comanche Sky Park,
or in Nashville, Tennessee.
I don't want to land in no San Juan airport or
the Yukon Territory.

Don't want to land no San Diego.
Don't want to land in no Buzzards Bay.
I don't want to land on no Ayatolla.
I got nothin' more to say.

[Chorus]back to top
Treat Her Like a Lady
Treat her like a lady
By: jimmy buffett, david loggins
1979
Chorus:
Some of us sailors call her home
She's big and she's strong and she's mighty
Some of us sailors call her our own
Guess that's the reason why
I treat her like a lady
Just treat her like a lady

Now I don't like the sound of the ground movin' 'round
Or winds spinnin' out of control
California earthquakes, only seem to make a' me
Shake, rattle, and roll

I've been too long on the mainland
Hotels, rental cars, and phones
Time to cast 'em aside, catch the very next tide
And go back, where I belong

Chorus:
Some of us sailors call her home
She's big and she's strong and she's mighty
Some of us sailors call her our own
Guess that's the reason why
I treat her like a lady
Treat her like a lady

Now great whales travel the rhumb lines
Dodging those deadly harpoons
Spawning their young, as their ancestors done
In the depths of her hidden lagoons

There're times I find myself with them
And times I feel as they do
We're on a similar course, it's just a different source
But I'm in danger of extinction too

Chorus:
Some of us sailors call her home
She's big and she's strong and she's mighty
Some of us sailors call her our own
Guess that's the reason why
I treat her like a lady
Treat her like a lady
Treat her like a lady
Treat her like a lady

And miss her when I'm gone

(lady, lady) treat her like a lady
(lady, lady) treat her like a lady
(lady, lady) got to treat her like a lady
(lady, lady) treat her like a lady
Lady, lady
Lady, lady
Lady, lady

Notes -
Electric guitar: keith sykes
Background vocals: the embarrasing stains (james taylor, alex taylor,
Hugh taylor), deborah mccoll, dave logginsback to top
Stranded on a Sandbar
Stranded on a sandbar
By: jimmy buffett
1979
I enjoy this life as a jester
Seems to keep me movin' around
Like the wind that blows
Tide that flows
Have my ups and downs

All a part of some strange plan I'm sure
Start a new chapter each day
Honey, love gets lost, time gets tossed
'cause we've both got our own different ways

Chorus:
I feel like I'm stranded on a sandbar
Stuck in my tracks like a street car
Playin' it for all that it's worth
I'm just payin' for my sins on earth

Now I used to go crazy for days at a time
Now I'm takin' my time with my days
Haven't found the answers like some that I know
I'm just stuck in a fairly nice maze

Climb to the top of the island tonight
Sit beneath the cashew tree
I want to count the stars, lights on the cars
That are shinin' up and down on me

Chorus:
I feel like I'm stranded on a sandbar
Baby I'm stuck in my tracks like a street car
Playin' it for all that it's worth
I'm just payin' for my sins on earth

Chorus:
I feel like I'm stranded on a sandbar
Sugar I'm stuck in my tracks like a street car
Playin' it for all that it's worth
I'm just payin' for my sins on earth

Coda:
I enjoy this life as a jester
Seems to keep me movin' around

Notes -
Acoustic guitar: keith sykes
Background vocals: deborah mccoll, harry dailey, andy mcmahonback to top
Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
Chanson pour les petits enfants
By: jimmy buffett
1979
[song for the little children]
Now young mister moon flew away in the night
With his best friend magnus right by his side
They soared through the milky way counting the stars
Once around venus twice around mars

Then they spied an island rise out of the sea
They fell back to earth just as free as you please
The children all gathered the church bells did ring
Suddenly everyone started to sing

Chorus:
Chanson pour les petits enfants
Chanson pour tout le monde
Chanson pour les petits enfants
Chanson pour tout le monde

Queen of the island she welcomed them in
Asking 'em questions of where they had been
She offered 'em chocolate she offered them tea
They all took their seats in the top of a tree

And racoons brought wine and the mice they brought cheese
Beautiful birds floated by on the breeze
From out in the oceans the dolphins began
Humming a tune that soon covered the land

Chorus:
Chanson pour les petits enfants
Chanson pour tout le monde
Chanson pour les petits enfants
Chanson pour tout le monde

So young princess leia brought coral and pearls
Gifts to the travelers from some other world
The bushdoctor mixed up a magical spell
Swore them to secrecy never to tell

So young mister moon flew away in the night
With his best friend magnus still right by his side
The sun was just rising, they'd be home by noon
Humming the words to this magical tune

Chorus:
Chanson pour les petits enfants
Chanson pour tout le monde
Chanson pour les petits enfants
Chanson pour tout le monde

Chorus:
Chanson pour les petits enfants (song for children)
Chanson pour tout le monde (song for the world)
Chanson pour les petits enfants (song for children)
Chanson pour tout le monde (song for the world)back to top
Survive
Survive
By: jimmy buffett, mike utley
1979
I play the stereo loud
When I'm away from the maddening crowd
Smokin', jokin'
Clowns we all are

Sometimes, kinda get real ill
When I receive my monthly telephone bill
But you say it, and I'll pay it
'cause it just helps me to

Chorus:
Survive (survive), stay alive
'til I see you again
Survive, stay alive
Can't say where it ends

Clouds lift and there're mountains below
Been awhile since I've seen any snow
It's chillin', so thrillin', so good to be back

Feels nice, to be home for awhile
Let's sip champagne till we break into smiles
We'll go dancin', romancin'
'cause you're the reason i

Chorus:
Survived (survived), stayed alive
Through the thick and the thin
Survive, stay alive
Where will it all end

But my bags ain't unpacked
'cause I've got to go back and play
But I know we'll both

Chorus:
Survive (survive), stay alive
Through the thick and the thin
Survive, stay alive
Until it all ends

Oh we'll, survive (survive), stay alive
When will it all end
Survive, stay alive
Till I see you again

Notes -
Background vocals: james taylor, alex taylor, hugh taylor, deborah mccoll
Venetta fields, brenda bryant, paulette brownback to top
Lady I Can't Explain
Lady I can't explain
By: jimmy buffett
1979
What could I do?
That's never been done before
What can I say?
That hasn't been said by scores

If I was a designer I could do nothin' finer
Than dress you in style
But I'm a hopeless romantic still behind all these antics
Is a heart full of smiles

So I'll just keep on dreamin' (I'll just keep on dreamin')
Thoughts that are in my brain
You just keep on bein'
Lady I can't explain

I know that i've
The imagination of a child
And there are times
When I let it all run wild

But if I hurt, you forgive
Still you won't let me live
Some of those episodes down

That's why I love you
And put no one above you
Love your sights and your sounds

So, I'll just keep on movin' (I'll just keep on movin')
When the forecast calls for rain
You just keep on bein'
Lady I can't explain

So I'll just keep on movin' (I'll just keep on movin')
When the forecast calls for rain
You just keep on bein'
The lady I can't explain
No no, the lady I can't explain

Coda:
Ah, yes I love you
Put no one above you
You're the lady I can't explain

Notes -
Background vocals: james taylor, deborah mccollback to top
Boat Drinks
Boat drinks
By: jimmy buffett
1979
Boat drinks
Boys in the band ordered boat drinks
Visitors scored on the home rink
Everything seems to be wrong

Lately, newspaper mentioned cheap air fare
I gotta to fly to saint somewhere
I'm close to bodily harm

Twenty degrees and the hockey game's on
Nobody cares they are way too far gone
Screamin' boat drinks, something to keep 'em all warm

This mornin', I shot six holes in my freezer
I think I got cabin fever
Somebody sound the alarm

I'd like to go where the pace of life's slow
Could you beam me somewhere mr. scott?
Any ol' place here on earth or in space
You pick the century and I'll pick the spot

Oh I know, (I know)
I should be leaving this climate
I got a verse but can't rhyme it
I gotta go where it's warm

Boat drinks
Waitress I need two more boat drinks
Then I'm headin' south 'fore my dream shrinks

I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm)
I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm)
I gotta go where it's warm!

I gotta go where there ain't any snow
Where there ain't any blow
'cause my fin sinks so low
I gotta go where it's warm

Notes -
Background vocals: deborah mccoll, harry dailey, jimmy buffettback to top
Dreamsicle
Dreamsicle
By: jimmy buffett
1979
Let me tell ya' now
He sips, he quips
Dreams a lot about sailing ships
Wants to throw it all away
Wants to have it back someday

Love's fool, sears tools
Wants to win that football pool
Spend it on some real good grass
Disappearin' oh so fast

Tell my story pain and glory
Guess my occupation
Free and easy warm and breezy
Overnight sensation

I got house pets, lear jets
Tryin' to learn about basinettes
Oh miss piggy dance with me
Let me take you to the sea

Dreamsicle, big dill pickle
High school honeys sure were fickle
I'll be damned, country ham
Takes me back to alabam'

So won't you tell my story pain and glory
Guess my occupation
Free and easy warm and breezy
Overnight sensation

Let me tell ya' now
He sips, he quips
Dreams a lot about sailing ships
I'll be damned, country ham
Takes me back to alabam'
I'll be damned, country ham
Takes me back, to alabama

Notes -
Background vocals: juan cadiz, deborah mccoll, harry daileyback to top
Sending the Old Man Home
Sending the old man home
By: jimmy buffett
1979
They're sendin' the old man home
Back where the buffalo roam
Out in the pacific, they say he was the best
Now he's in his civies, headin' home like all the rest

He'll never forget rosa lee
Or sleepless nights he fought upon the sea
He'll only have the memories
Or great books by james jones

'cause they're sendin' the old man home

Faraway (faraway)
Faraway (faraway)
Another life so very far away

They'll tear down the officers clubs
And write off the overdue subs
So let's drink to their memories
Our heroes and our pals
To those crazy navy flyers
To those swell hawaiian gals

The sailors will dance in the street
Then they'll mothball the whole damn fleet
We'll only have the picture books
Of land, and sea, and foam

'cause they're sendin' the old man home

He'll only have his memories
Or great books by james jones
'cause they're sendin' the old man home

Notes -
Background vocals: jimmy buffett, james taylor, deborah mccollback to top
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