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Coastal Confessions
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: License to Chill (2004)

Well I’m a tidal pool explorer
From the days of my misspent youth
I believe that down on the beach
Where the seagulls preach
Is where the Chinese buried the truth
So I dig in the sand with my misguided hands
And if I dig deep enough
Hell I just might dig it up
Talkin’ ‘bout treasure
Talkin’ ‘bout pleasure
Talkin’ ‘bout love

Now I’m a reader of the night sky
And a singer of inordinate tunes
That’s how I float across time
Livin’ way past my prime
Like a long lost baby’s balloon

So I hang on to the string
Work that whole gravity thing
But when my spaceship goes pop
Back to the earth I will drop
Into the sea or the limbs of a tree
Or the wings of my love


And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
Maybe invent me a story or two
I’ve got coastal confessions to make
How ‘bout you
How ‘bout you

They say that time is like a river
And stories are the key to the past
But now I’m stuck in between
Here at my typing machine
Tryin’ to come up with some words that will last

It’s so easy to see that we live history
And if I just find the beat
I know I’ll land on my feet
I always do hadn’t got a clue
Does it come from above

And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
Maybe invent me a story or two
I’ve got coastal confessions to make
How ‘bout you
How ‘bout you


So bless me father yes I have sinned
Given the chance I’ll prob’ly do it again
I don’t need absolution just a simple solution will do

So let’s talk about the future
Or the consequences of my past
I’ve got scars, I’ve got lines
I’m not hard to define
Just an altar boy coverin’ his ass
I know I can’t run and hide
But just hang on for the ride
There will be laughter and tears
As we progress through the years
But still it’s fun hey I’m not done
Gonna dance till I fall


And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
Maybe have me a boat drink or two
It’s good for coastal confessions I hear
Tell the truth
Tell the truth

I’ve got some coastal confessions to make
How ‘bout you
How ‘bout you
How ‘bout you
How ‘bout you
And you, and you, and you

Ahh, Forty two years since my last confession
Well Father, do you have the rest of the week?
Lets get started then
I had impure thoughts
I smoked some pot
Stole some peanut butter
Father, wake up!

Shows Played At:
08-23-2016: First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
12-22-2006: The Belly Up – Aspen, CO
09-14-2006: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
08-10-2006: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-08-2006: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
08-05-2006: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
08-03-2006: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
08-01-2006: Tweeter Center Philadelphia – Camden, NJ
06-29-2006: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
06-10-2006: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
06-08-2006: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-04-2006: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
12-08-2004: Theatre for the Performing Arts – New Orleans, LA
10-16-2004: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
09-04-2004: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
Number of Shows: 15